Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Requirements for the Undergraduate Concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACA)

1) Ten courses on Latin American, Caribbean, and/or Latinx subjects. These may be explicitly designated as LACA classes, but do not need to be. Up to one of these courses can be a language learning class. Relevant courses from study abroad may count toward this total. For double concentrators, up to two classes can count toward the course requirements of both LACA and another concentration. At least two different academic disciplines should be represented in the ten courses. A diverse list of courses offered on the region is posted here each semester; please contact the concentration advisor to ask whether specific courses not listed on our website may be used to meet requirements.

2) Competence in a Latin American and/or Caribbean language. Competence in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Kreyol, Kaqchikel Maya, etc. may be demonstrated through a departmental test, AP credit, language courses at Brown or elsewhere, study abroad, etc; please contact the concentration advisor to confirm. (If the student’s primary area of study is the Anglophone Caribbean, a field language is not necessary.)

3) A substantial research project. This may be a LACA thesis; a creative project such as fiction, visual art, or performance; or a substantial research paper for a seminar that focuses on a Latin American, Caribbean, and/or Latino/a theme. The project may be completed for honors if the student is eligible. Review the requirements, guidelines, and timeline of graduating with Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies here.

4) An internship or volunteer service, located in the U.S. or overseas, for one semester or one summer. Work completed during study abroad may count toward this requirement. The service work will connect theory to practice, applying scholarly knowledge to social challenges. Students are encouraged to consult with the Swearer Center for Public Service for assistance finding a volunteer placement. Students should also meet with the DUS by the beginning of junior year to discuss their work plan for their service component. Upon completion of the internship or service work, students submit a brief summary report to the concentration advisor linking their experience to their scholarship, accompanied by a short letter from a supervisor confirming the completion of the work.