Bachelor of Arts Program

The B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers undergraduate students the ability to develop an interdisciplinary awareness and understanding of the region. The program is available on campus or fully online. Requirements for the B.A. are as follows:

University requirements

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum (general education)
  • Global Learning
  • Major, including a 2.0 or better in all required and elective courses
  • A 2.0 GPA overall

Required Core Course (6 credits)

  • Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean (3 credits)

Required distribution (24 credits)

  • International Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean (9 credits)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Cultures (9 credits)
  • Main concentration (6 credits with the same or related prefixes)

Language requirements (6 credits)

  • Two semesters in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French
  • Lower division (1000/2000) courses do not count towards the B.A. language requirements.
  • Two upper division language courses (3000/4000). Students must achieve intermediate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French. To meet pre-requisites of these upper division courses, students may successfully test out of these lower division courses.
  • Students who test out of language courses must still take two 3000/4000 language courses.

For more information, please call LACC at 305-348-2894.

A BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies means:

Career opportunities in:

Government AgenciesFinancial IndustryPublic Relations/Marketing
Cultural AffairsSocial ServicesNon-Profit Organization
Environmental FirmsFBI/CIATranslation/Interpretation
K-12 EducationDisaster AssistanceConsumer Advocacy
An academic background and immersion within Latin American and Caribbean studies gives students an edge in the hiring process. Being able to understand the nuances of a country or a specific situation while having a clear grasp of the region's history, context, and people allows students to provide more holistic analysis and ideas when working in jobs that pertain to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wazim Mowla | Assistant Director, Caribbean Initiative, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council