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Latin American and Caribbean Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #901 (ARWU) New York City, NY, United States
Union College's thriving Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program offers a major, an interdepartmental major, and a minor in the study of Latin America and Caribbean regions.
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Overview

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Union College is a multidisciplinary approach to the history, politics, cultures and societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino communities that are part of the United States. The program offers more than 60 courses, which are part of the Common Curriculum, fulfilling requirements in the humanities, linguistic and cultural competency, and connections across disciplines.

Our faculty members have diverse international and national backgrounds, and come from a variety of departments, including political science, history, modern languages, anthropology, visual arts and others. They have traveled and researched extensively in Latin America, resulting in a broad list of publications.

Other Learning Opportunities

  • In addition to enjoying small classes with professors who care about your success, you can round out your academic experience with study abroad. We offer a full term in Cordoba, Argentina (with Union faculty and students), a full term in São Paulo, Brazil (in conjunction with Hobart and William Smith Colleges), and a mini-term based in Buenos Aires and Patagonia, Argentina.
  • LACS majors get involved in a number of campus groups, including Círculo Estudiantil Latinoamericano (CELA), the African and Latino Alliance of Students (ALAS), Spanish Club and the Spanish Language Table. The College regularly presents lectures, films, exhibits and visits by Latin American writers, artists and scholars.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies Intro
  • Women, Environment, Social Change
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies Honors Independent Study
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies Independent Study 
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies One Term Senior Project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply online using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • Union is SAT/ACT optional 
  • TOEFL, IELTS or the Duolingo English Test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Interviews are required for all Chinese and Vietnamese citizens and are recommended for all applicants.
  • CSS Profile and Financial Forms are required for all those applying for need-based financial aid.
  • Other requirements: Essay (part of the online application), Official Secondary School Transcripts/Exam Scores, Teacher and Counselor Recommendation Letters.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56853 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56853 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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