Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Basic requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
The Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) is designed to inspire and develop knowledge and experience of the region. Interdisciplinary by design, cooperating departments support innovative blends of teaching and research with the goal of providing undergraduates a solid grasp of Latin America's present and past, and emphasizing major aspects of the region's unique structures. Additionally, majors and minors are encouraged to participate in the related programs in Costa Rica and Panama. The program combines area or country-specific courses that give students the needed cultural immersion with more general comparative coursework. This is intended to provide students with the requisite intellectual tools, concepts and theories to understand their particular disciplinary concentrations, as well as be able to utilize skills from various disciplines to evaluate not only the region’s past, present, and future but its role within the context of the world. Students are to select language and thematic specializations in line with their intellectual interests and career goals and design their program of studies accordingly.
Majors must complete 36 hours of coursework beyond general education and liberal studies requirements (with a grade of "C-" or better in each course.) Since the program is interdisciplinary, no minor is required. Students pursuing LACS must satisfy the following major related components to earn a bachelor’s degree:
• Area specific course requirement: A minimum of 24 semester hours in LACS area specific courses.
• Concepts and theories requirement: Six semester hours of more broadly applicable coursework from among the classes in this category.
• Additional LACS courses: Six additional hours from either category of the approved Asian Studies course list or an approved internship.
• Language requirement: Majors must demonstrate proficiency to the intermediate college level in a relevant area language (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Creole, or some other approved language). This may be accomplished by completing the intermediate level (2220 or equivalent course) and any necessary prerequisite classes in the relevant area language, or by passing a proficiency exam. Although the proficiency requirement pertains to all Asian Studies majors, the hours earned to satisfy it will not be applied towards the 36 credits for the major itself.
Approved Course List: All 36 hours must be selected from the approved list of courses in the participating departments, or be approved as an appropriate substitution to the list. The list of approved courses may be found in the General Bulletin under the guidelines for the Program in LACS. Course descriptions may be found under each relevant departmental heading in the General Bulletin.
Upper-Level Hours: At least 18 of the total hours for the major must be completed at FSU and must be numbered 3000 and above.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies with an Emphasis in Business
This degree program combines the regular LACS major with a planned series of economics and business courses. The major requires a total of 36 hours beyond liberal studies selected from the approved course list for LACS as follows: 21 semester hours in LACS coursework selected solely from the area specific courses, and 15 semester hours in multinational business courses. Students select between two options for their emphasis in business: an international marketing/management track or an international finance track (See the General Bulletin for the list of approved business courses). Majors must also demonstrate proficiency to the intermediate college level in a relevant area language (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Creole, or some other approved language). This may be accomplished by completing the intermediate level (2220 or equivalent course) and any necessary prerequisite classes in the relevant area language, or by passing a proficiency exam. Although the proficiency requirement pertains to all LACS with Business Emphasis majors, the hours earned to satisfy it will not be applied towards the 36 credits for the major itself.
Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Students minoring in the program must complete 18 semester hours of LACS coursework beyond the liberal studies requirements. In this case, none of the broader comparative concepts and theories will count toward the required hours. Students may select freely from all area specific courses. Modern languages courses numbered above 2999 may count toward the minor. Nine of the eighteen semester hours must be numbered above 2999. A maximum combined total of six semester hours in internship or directed individual study may apply to the minor.