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Rationale for a GLAS Major or a LAS minor

Latin America encompasses two continents, extending from Mexico and the tropical islands of the Caribbean to the Southern tip of South America. It is a rich and vibrant region, inhabitated by a diverse population product of the mixing of indigenous, European, and African civilizations. Culturally, politically and economically speaking, Latin America resists facile categorizations, it is a region rich in paradox: it is old and new at the same time, throughout its history it has been both turbulent and stable, independent and dependent, incredible prosperous but also poor. The Latin American Studies program offer villanova students unique and academically high-quality opportunities to acquire the tools and analytical skills to understand Latin American history, politics, social and cultural realities. Our interdisciplinary, flexible, and broad-gauge program allow students to develop and enhance the necessary skills and competencies to become global citizens, while preparing them for a successful transition into the workplace. 

Upon satisfying the intermediate level foreign language requirement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Spanish students may pursue a LAS Minor with a minimum of 18 credits:

  • LAS Minor Requirements: 

  • Six courses for a minimum of 18 credits,

  • a.  four courses with the LAS attribute (12 credits minimum)
  • b.  two Spanish courses above 1122 (6 credits)

Latin American Studies offers a major as a specialization in Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) major.  The major in Latin American Studies provides an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to deepen students' understandings of the history, culture, religion, politics, literature, and society of Latin America.    Students may sign up for the major and choose their Latin American Studies specialization through the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies in 36 Garey Hall.  The GIS Chair and the  Program Director of Latin American Studies will work closely with each student to develop their individual interests, abilities, and career goals while fulfilling the requirements for their major.   

The specific requirements for the major in  Latin American Studies can be found on the GIS website.



The Latin American Studies program has been operational at Villanova since 1988. It promotes an inter-disciplinary understanding of the entire region of Latin America and the Caribbean. To that end, the Program offers a Major and a Minor. Over the years, the Program has widened its curricular offerings and overseas academic presence in countries, such as Chile and Costa Rica. The recipient of two Title VI grants since 2003 from the US Department of Education, the program is one of the more comprehensive area studies programs in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Key Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon completing the LAS Major, students will be able to:

Write research papers on Latin America with the sensitivity to the peculiarities of the region.

Converse about the major economic, political, and social problems bedeviling the region of Latin America.

Speak Spanish or Portuguese language with fluency.

Acquire knowledge and linguistic skills appropriate for jobs in international, governmental, multilateral, and non-governmental agencies focused on the region.

Engage in policy relevant discussions and debates about US-Latin American relations.