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Major & Minor Requirements

Through its diverse program offerings on campus and a variety of opportunities abroad, the Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies (LALIS) offers students a curriculum that embraces the cultural and linguistic diversity and complexity of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. The Spanish language and Hispanic literatures comprise the core of the department’s program; yet the LALIS curriculum also brings students into contact with Portuguese, Basque, Catalan, and Galician languages, literatures, and cultures. The program is broad in scope and conceptualization but at the same time offers students a vast number of opportunities to explore specific areas of the world and specific areas of knowledge.

Latin American and Iberian Studies
Major

The Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Major

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

9.5 units, including

1 chosen from LAIS 301-LAIS 308:  Spanish in Context
LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop
1 unit of an FSLT taught in LAIS, chosen from

  • LAIS 321 Literary Spain
  • LAIS 331 Introduction to Spanish American Literature
  • LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish American Literature
3 units above 310 (excluding LAIS 388 and LAIS 389)
3 units 400-level seminars
.5 units: Student Research Symposium

Additional requirements for majors
  1. For students studying abroad for a semester or year, at least one 400-level LAIS seminar must be taken upon return to the University of Richmond. Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
  2. A maximum of 3 non-University of Richmond courses can be transferred toward the LAIS major
  3. All LAIS majors need to have completed previously at least two 300-level LAIS courses in order to receive LAIS credit from a study abroad program. Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
  4. A maximum of 3 courses with a C-LAC component may be counted toward the major. Only 1 of these courses may be taken outside the Department of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies.
Minor

The Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Minor

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

6 units, including

1 unit chosen from LAIS 301-LAIS 308: Spanish in Context
LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop
1 unit of an FSLT taught in LAIS, chosen from
  • LAIS 321 Literary Spain
  • LAIS 331 Introduction to Spanish American Literature
  • LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish American Literature
3 units above 310 (excluding LAIS 388 and LAIS 389)

Additional requirement for minors

  1. All LAIS minors need to have previously completed at least two LAIS courses at the 300 level at the University of Richmond in order to transfer credit from a study abroad program.  Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
  2. For students studying abroad for one semester or one year, at least 1 course must be taken upon return to the University of Richmond. Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
Advanced in Spanish

LALIS Curriculum for Students with Advanced or Superior Proficiency in Spanish

The following curriculum is designed for students entering the university with advanced or superior proficiency in Spanish. This includes native speakers, heritage speakers, and students who have acquired advanced proficiency through residence in a Spanish-speaking country. Students with advanced or superior proficiency must seek the advice of a faculty member in the department before registering.

Students with advanced or superior proficiency who wish to pursue a major or minor in LALIS should complete their studies with courses higher than 309.  The total number of units required for the major remains 9.5;  for the minor, 6.

Students with advanced or superior proficiency who wish to take LALIS courses as electives, without pursuing a major or minor, should follow the same criteria. Students cannot take a  course below 309 for elective credit, except with permission of the department.

Portuguese/Luso-Brazilian Studies

The Luso-Brazilian Studies Minor

Note: Students must receive a C (2.0) or above for these courses to count toward the minor. No course taken for less than .5 units will count towards the minor.

5-6 units, including

LAIS 333 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers or another comparable intermediate/advanced course in Portuguese language.  The requirement in Portuguese language can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  1. LAIS 333 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
  2. Exemption through a placement test that measures oral, writing, reading, and comprehension skills. Exempted students must still take a total of 5-5.75 units to complete the minor; thus, they may substitute LAIS 333 with an elective
  3. Completion of Portuguese language coursework at one of our partner institutions abroad (PUC Rio, SIT, CIEE Brazil, or CIEE Portugal).

LAIS 343 Luso-Brazilian Studies: A Global Perspective with optional C-LAC component in Portuguese language

Three interdisciplinary electives

Students fulfilling their electives on campus will choose from course offerings within the specific field of Luso-Brazilian Studies or from a myriad of related academic disciplines. Students are required to seek approval for each elective in consultation with the program director. As a general rule, advanced courses in related disciplines may be taken for credit within the Luso-Brazilian Studies minor as long as the student seeks prior approval and fulfills a corresponding C-LAC (Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum) component in Portuguese language or culture (worth 0.25 units). In fulfilling each C-LAC component, a student will complete a project focusing on a Lusophone topic that intersects with the scope of the course. (For example, a student enrolled in PLSC 348 Politics of Africa could complete a project on the economic, migratory, and military relations between the Lusophone country of Mozambique and South Africa). If a Luso-Brazilian Studies elective is taken abroad with Portuguese as the language of instruction, then the C-LAC requirement will be waived.

The following electives in Luso-Brazilian Studies are content specific and thus C-LAC is optional:

DANC 218 Capoeira Angola
GEOG 333 Geographies of Amazonia
HIST 262 The Making of Modern Brazil

GradTracker

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