The Program in Latin American Studies aims to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of the complexity of Latin American social, political, and cultural problems. As a result of completing the major (or minor) students will have a deeper understanding of Latin American politics, economy, and culture, as well as of the intricate relationship between the region and the U.S.
The Program in Latin American Studies at The Johns Hopkins University offers a variety of courses across the disciplines and promotes research partnerships between students and faculty
The Program offers both a major and a minor. Students are required to take either elementary Spanish or Portuguese level in order to complete either option. Language requirements can be waived for those who demonstrate suitable knowledge of either Spanish or Portuguese, or in and Amerindian language such as Quechua or Guarani
A general introductory course to Latin American Studies is required in order to start either the major or the minor.
Although students may choose to emphasize a particular area of specialization within Latin American Studies (such as politics, health, literature, etc.), the Program requires a distribution of courses in a variety of areas, at different levels.
Students may declare a major in Latin American Studies during the second semester of the sophomore year. Students may major in this program in conjunction with other departments. No more than two independent studies are acceptable toward the major or minor in the program.
The requirements for a major in Latin American Studies are as follows:
- 4 (four) lower-level courses (100- and 200-level courses) dealing with Latin America, one of which must be the general introductory course to Latin America.
- 5 (five) upper-level courses (300-level courses and above) focused on Latin America.
- 3 (three) electives courses relevant or with reference to Latin America.
- Language proficiency (i.e. reading fluidity and basic conversational skills) through the intermediate level in either Spanish or Portuguese will be required.
- Language requirements can be waived for those who demonstrate a suitable proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese.
- To be eligible for honors, a 3.3 GPA in the Major’s courses as well as a senior thesis will be required.
- No grade below C- will be accepted for the major requirement.
The requirements for a minor in Latin American Studies are as follows:
- 4 (four) upper-level (300 or above) focused on Latin America. Intersession courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
- 2 (two) additional courses at any level dealing with Latin America.
- Language proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese.
- No grade below C- will be accepted for the minor requirement.
To download the Check List, please click Major/Minor
Students who graduate with a major in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins should have the following knowledge and skills:
- Demonstrate sufficient command of either Spanish or Portuguese to read documents, literature, or view media at an advanced level, and exhibit elementary proficiency in the other.
- Make effective written arguments and support them with appropriate evidence.
- Demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies from both the Humanities and Social Sciences appropriate to the field of Latin American Studies.
- Critically evaluate the position of Latin America in an increasingly globalized world.
- Demonstrate awareness of the variety of cultures that comprise the Latin American continent.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the Latin American literary tradition and be able to analyze and interpret literary texts.