Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies concentration within the CLAS interdisciplinary undergraduate major (IDS-LAS) offers UF students the opportunity to pursue individualized study in an increasingly important region of the world (e.g., Brazil is Florida’s largest trading partner), making use of UF’s extraordinary resources. The UF Center for Latin American Studies was founded in 1930 and is one of the largest and most prestigious of such institutions in the US. UF has approximately 180 faculty members whose teaching and research focus to a significant extent on Latin America and the Caribbean. The Latin American Collection of the George A. Smathers Library is one of very few stand alone collections in the US, and features extraordinary holdings on Brazil, the Caribbean and other areas of Latin America. It now has more than 400,000 volumes and more than 1,000 serials.


Students pursue an inter-disciplinary program built upon the social sciences, humanities, languages and area studies. The program requires 21 credit hours of 3000-4000 level coursework in Latin American and Caribbean area courses, intermediate proficiency in a language of Latin America and the Caribbean (typically Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole) and a senior thesis (and at least 7 hours of IDS 4906 Interdisciplinary Thesis Research).

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad or internship program in Latin America and the Caribbean.


To be admitted to the IDS-LAS program, students must have a 3.0 GPA and approval by the CLAS/IDS committee. Students select two UF faculty members from two different departments (at least one of which must be in CLAS) to serve as primary and secondary advisors who will provide academic guidance and supervise the thesis.

Language Requirement

The language requirement can be met by successful completion of SPN 2240, POR 3242/3, or HAI 2211, an AP score of 4-5 (with approval), an SAT II score of 700; an IB score of 5-7; a Spanish A or AS level in the AICE exams . Bilingual speakers of Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole must demonstrate proficiency by written or oral examination.

Recommended Entry-Level Classes for the Major

Required Courses for the Major

At least one of the following social science courses
(or an approved substitute):
At least one of the following humanities courses
(or an approved substitute):

Other Latin American Content Courses Applicable to the Major
(in addition to those not taken above)

Note: Other 3000-4000 courses with 100% Latin American content may be substituted upon approval of the Latin American Studies undergraduate coordinator and the student’s primary advisor.


Dr. Richmond Brown
Center for Latin American Studies

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Memorial da América Latina, São Paulo, Brazil, amfdesigner / Alexandre Ferriera, Flickr.

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