BA in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies

BA in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies

Boston University - Boston, MA

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The Latin American interdisciplinary studies program allows students to concentrate on the regionally focused offerings of several departments, giving the necessary breadth and depth to understand the complexities of Latin America. This region is traditionally defined as including the 20 independent countries in the Western hemisphere south of the United States with Spanish, French, or Portuguese as their official languages. The major combines a focus on pre-Columbian and historical context (Group 1), art and literature (Group 2), and current social, economic, political, and foreign policy context (Group 3). It also includes substantial study of Spanish or Portuguese to gain competence in a language used extensively in the region, as well as a jointly taught capstone course on key issues and concerns designed to bring together the themes students have pursued in the major. Boston University has two Study Abroad programs in Latin America: a semester or academic year in Quito, Ecuador, at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito; and a summer in Lima and Ayacucho, Peru, at the Universidad Cat—lica and the Universidad Nacional de San Crist—bal de Huamanga. Courses in these programs count toward the Latin American studies major. Faculty members of the program advise students closely in their course selection to ensure the intellectual coherence of both requirements and electives within the studentsÕ specific areas of interest. A Latin American studies minor is also available.

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