LALS Major Requirements
** If you entered the major prior to Fall 2015 please refer to and download the OLD LALS Major Worksheet **
** If you entered the major during or after Fall 2015 download the NEW LALS Major Worksheet **
LOWER DIVISION COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The lower division courses provide broad, interdisciplinary overviews of diverse topics in Latin American and Latino Studies. All students are required to take LALS 1 (Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies), and one additional lower division LALS course or any pre-approved lower division course. These courses are normally taken during the student’s first year.
UPPER DIVISION COURSE REQUIREMENTS
All majors must complete TEN upper division courses
THREE UPPER DIVISION CORE COURSES (must be taken at UCSC)
LALS 100: Concepts and Theories in LALS - offered only Fall quarter
LALS 100A: Social Science Approaches and Analytics - offered only Winter quarter
LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas - offered only Spring quarter
SEVEN UPPER DIVISION ELECTIVES
Students must take seven upper-division electives that must also fulfill the following requirements (some courses may fulfill more than one requirement):
At least THREE courses from one area of emphasis (described below)
At least TWO courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese***
A list of courses with the requirements they fulfill can be found on our course page.
A maximum of TWO courses may come from another department, independent study, internship (such as UCDC), or another institution. This includes courses that are on our pre-approved course list. Courses from other institutions must appear in the student record on the UCSC Transfer Credit Summary, and must be petitioned. For more information on this process, see "substitutions" below. Courses from another department that are already on our pre-approved list do not need to be petitioned.
Up to THREE abroad courses may be applied towards the major (this includes internships or field studies abroad). These also must be petitioned.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS
A cluster of three courses must be taken in one of the department’s four areas of emphasis. Students may choose their area of emphasis.
1. Transnationalisms, Migrations, and Displacement
2. Intersectionality, Identities, and Inequalities
3. Collective Action, Social Movements, and Social Change
4. Culture, Power, and Knowledge
For more information on these areas of emphasis CLICK HERE
All Latin American and Latino Studies majors are expected to learn to speak, read, and write in Spanish or Portuguese and to make use of these skills on a regular basis in their upper-division academic work.
Majors must take at least two upper-division courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese.*** Before taking upper-division courses taught in the language, students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish equivalent to the completion of Spanish 6 or Spanish for Heritage Speakers 6. Students who wish to pursue Portuguese may take the Portuguese 1A/1B or 60A/60B series. Students who have achieved fluency in Spanish or Portuguese through life experience may be exempt from this recommended preparatory course work after demonstration of their proficiency. In addition to Latin American and Latino Studies and affiliated department course offerings, the required two upper-division courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese*** may be fulfilled through study abroad with approval by the LALS Department. Students may also pursue internship or field study opportunities to satisfy one of the two required upper-division courses taught in Spanish or Portuguese; however, at least one of the two courses must be fulfilled in a classroom setting.***
***Upper-division courses in Portuguese are currently not taught at UCSC and must be taken elsewhere.
Check our FAQ page for common questions and answers regarding the language requirement
DISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION (DC) REQUIREMENT
Students of every major must satisfy that major's upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement in Latin American and Latino Studies and the combined majors with politics and sociology are met by completing courses 100A and 100B.
SENIOR EXIT REQUIREMENT
LALS majors must fulfill all course requirements in order to graduate. Substitutions for these requirements can be obtained only by written petition and upon approval of the LALS Department's Undergraduate Program Committee. Forms for this purpose may be obtained outside of the LALS Office, or you can download them here.
Petitions for substitutions of transfer work must be submitted prior to declaring the major.
For any substitution, the complete detailed syllabus of the course and coursework is needed. Course descriptions only do not suffice. If you do not have the syllabus, please contact the institution to obtain it.
Course work can consist of papers, exams, quizzes and any material produced in the class. Substitution is only possible with a complete package: substitution form, syllabus and coursework.
Four-year UCSC students may apply no more than three abroad courses towards fulfillment of the LALS major requirements. Transfer students may apply four courses from another institution towards the major.
Check our FAQ page for common questions and answers regarding substitutions