Latin American Studies



Undergraduate Degrees

Latin American Studies offers an exciting and diverse undergraduate major. The major requires 43 credits; an undergraduate minor is also offered with a 30-credit requirement. Depending on individual students’ interests, it can include courses in the following departments:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
  • Department of Art History in the College of Arts and Architecture
  • Department of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

There are also a number of LAS-related Education Abroad programs. If you have any questions regarding the suggested courses or would like to know if a certain course would be approved for the major or minor, email the program director, Professor Matthew Restall, or any of the faculty on the Latin American Studies Steering Committee.

The major and minor in LAS are designed to be combined with other majors and minors to create a multidisciplinary degree that will enrich the student’s educational experience at Penn State and be appealing to potential graduate programs and employers. Most LAS majors go on to law school or graduate school; others find jobs with corporations that have Latin American interests or with US government agencies such as the NSA and State Department.

Required Courses – 22 Credits

Students completing the Latin American Studies major must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better as a part of their degree path. 

Additional Courses – 18 Credits

Students completing the Latin American Studies major must choose at least 18 credits from the below list of classes and complete the courses with a grade of C or better to complete their degree path.