Latin American and Caribbean Studies (BA)

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Program Description

The major and minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies allow students to design an interdisciplinary course of study around their interest in the region, drawing on a range of fields including politics, history, literature, anthropology, social and cultural analysis, art history, and more. The College of Arts and Science boasts a distinguished, dynamic faculty in Latin American and Caribbean studies, with leading scholars of the Caribbean, Central America, the Andes, and Latinx studies. The program encourages students to study away at NYU Buenos Aires, where a range of courses has been developed for majors and minors, and equally encourages them to experience New York City as an eminently Latinx metropolis. NYU also boasts rare and innovative programs in the study of Haitian Kreyol and of Quechua. Students benefit from the ample programming and resources of NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS, and the vast resources related to the region in the city. The undergraduate major and minor are offered jointly by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. They are administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures.

Honors Program

To qualify for the honors program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, students must maintain at least a 3.65 general average and a 3.65 major average; students should also consult with the director of undergraduate studies in the second semester of their junior year. During their senior year, students register for the Senior Honors Seminar (SPAN-UA 498 Senior Honors Seminar (fall); formerly SPAN-UA 995) in the fall and then enroll in the Honors Thesis Seminar (SPAN-UA 499 ; formerly SPAN-UA 996) the following spring. The honors thesis is an extended research paper written on a topic of the student's choice and directed by a faculty adviser. The two-semester honors seminar sequence covers such areas as choosing a topic, compiling a bibliography, conducting library and web-based research, properly documenting sources, and developing research and writing methods for graduate- or professional-level study. Students give an oral presentation on the honors thesis and its bibliography.


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