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Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies

University of Richmond
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
University of Richmond

About this program

Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies

The Department of Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies (LALIS) is a diverse community that perceives the study of language, literature, and culture as integral to understanding the human experience. Our interdisciplinary humanities program highlights the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas, including varieties of Spanglish in the United States. Our unique and expanding course catalog, which emphasizes content relevant to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds, includes courses in languages, literatures, linguistics, and community-based learning, as well as film, theater, performance, translation, cultural, and Latino studies. In LALIS, we welcome students of all linguistic backgrounds, whether their language experience began at home or in school, in the United States or abroad. We prepare students to engage in purposeful lives by fostering intellectual curiosity and integrity, cross-cultural awareness, and linguistic empathy.

We are committed to empowering students to combat racial and social inequities.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Intensive Elementary Spanish
  • Spanish for Advanced Beginners
  • Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • Intensive Intermediate Portuguese
  • Spanish in the Community
  • Spanish in Fiction
  • Spanish in the Media
  • Spanish in the Theater
  • Spanish in Politics and Society
  • Spanish in Business
  • Let's Talk About Film
  • Spanish Writing Workshop
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Perspectives on Peoples and Cultures of Spain
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Luso-Brazilian Studies: A Global Perspective
  • Literary Spain: Poetry, Drama, Fiction
  • Introduction to Latin American Literature I
  • Introduction to Latin American Literature II
  • Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers
  • Seville in History and Fantasy
  • Spanish Misfits
  • Introduction to Latin American Film
  • Individual Internship
  • Practice Assistantship
  • Selected Topics
  • Summer Undergraduate Research
  • Bilingualism in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain
  • The Sounds of Spanish
  • Christians, Jews and Muslims from Frontier to Empire: Medieval Spain
  • Imperial Spain: The Age of Conflict
  • True Lies: Fiction and Truth in Don Quijote
  • Literature of Exile
  • Spanish-American Poetic Texts
  • Romantic Spain
  • Modern Literature of Galicia
  • Barcelona: Text and City
  • Visions of Contemporary Spain
  • Modern Spanish Narrative
  • Modern Theatre in Spain
  • Cinema of Spain
  • Latin American Theater
  • Contemporary Writing in Latin America
  • Writing Sex and Gender in Latin America
  • Literary Journalism in Latin America
  • Literature of the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean
  • The Art of Embodiment: Space and Body in Colonial Spanish America
  • S. Latino/a Literature
  • Latin America: Encounter and Conflict
  • Independent Study
  • Senior Symposium
  • Selected Topics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies Major

  • Understanding historical language change
  • Working with original sources in many fields
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Weighing values
  • Writing clearly

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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