Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
Take an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the cultures, economics, politics and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean with the Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. This 123-credit undergraduate degree utilizes the region as a framework for exploring thematic issues in a number of disciplines.
Students who complete the Latin American Studies Major will
- acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills directly related to the Americas from a variety of methodological perspectives;
- analyze economic development, U.S.-Latin American foreign relations and underdevelopment from comparative and global perspectives;
- combine training in Spanish and/or Portuguese with the lived experience of speakers of these languages;
- elevate and refine their writing and critical thinking skills;
- gain in-depth understanding of the growing Latino population in the U.S.;
- study away to immerse themselves in Latin American culture in preparation for potential career pathways; and
- study Latin American art, culture, film, foreign relations, history, literature, media, music, politics and religion from a multidisciplinary perspective.
The Latin American Studies Major is a flexible and dynamic program, with courses offered across all of Temple’s schools and colleges, taught by faculty who research diverse topics such as colonial literature, development economics, immigrant healthcare and Latin American music.
Classes & Curriculum
To earn the Latin American Studies BA degree, students must take 12 three-credit courses in Latin American Studies and demonstrate a reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. The curriculum culminates in a research-based, writing-intensive capstone seminar.
Courses you are likely to take as part of the Latin American Studies Major curriculum include
- Analytical Reading and Writing,
- Basic Spanish I,
- Latin American Studies Seminar,
- The Legacy of Mesoamerica, and
- Revolutionary Mexico.