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Undergraduate Program

Map of Latin America
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program offers students a broad sampling of courses from numerous academic disciplines, which enables comprehensive and integrated study of Latin American and Caribbean histories, cultures, societies, politics and languages. The program also facilitates insight into the experiences of Latinos living in the US and elsewhere and prepares students to examine and critique economic, social, and political hierarchies. A major and minor are sponsored by the joint efforts of professors from such departments as Anthropology, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Major Concentration consists of two optional tracks:

  1. General Studies
  2. Brazilian Studies

The general studies track requires a total of 30 upper-division hours taken from courses offered by at least three different academic departments. Three hours are to be selected from either Spanish 323, Portuguese 309 or Portuguese 400. The remaining hours are to be chosen from Anthropology 313, 314, 316, 319, 323; Geography 373; HILA 255, 246, 343, 344, 360, 361, 450, 464, 465, 484; Latin American and Caribbean Studies 383, 450; Political Science 456; Portuguese 301, 303, 309, 315, 326, 400, 430, 432; Religious Studies 356; Spanish 331, 333, 334, 401, 402, 465, 479.

The Brazilian studies track requires 30 upper-division hours offered by at least three different academic departments. Of these hours, a minimum of 6 must be earned while studying abroad in Brazil. Nine hours must come from University of Tennessee Knoxville courses that focus on Brazil (History 344; Portuguese 301, 303, 315, 326, 400, 430, 432). The remaining 12 hours are to be selected from courses listed above as part of the general studies track.

Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The minor consists of 18 hours taken from courses offered by at least three different academic departments. Three of the hours are to be selected from either SPAN 323,  PORT 309, or PORT 400; the remaining 15 hours are to be selected from the courses listed in either Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration – Brazilian Studies Track, BA (Interdisciplinary Programs Major) or Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration – General Studies Track, BA (Interdisciplinary Programs Major).

A practical working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is a prerequisite for majors and minors. All students are strongly encouraged to earn credit hours through UT Study Abroad Programs led by Latin American and Caribbean studies program-affiliated faculty. Other foreign study programs are also available for Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America. Contact the Programs Abroad Office for more information.

(Student petitions for course substitutions for either track or the minor may be appropriate when the content of unlisted courses focuses on Latin America or the Caribbean. Students should consult the Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.)

Study Abroad

A practical working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is expected for students earning majors and minors. All students are strongly encouraged to earn credit hours through UT Study Abroad Programs led by Latin American and Caribbean studies program-affiliated faculty. Other foreign study programs are also available for Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America. Contact the Programs Abroad Office for more information.


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