There are no specific first-year requirements. However, first-year students are encouraged to take a Spanish or Portuguese language course ( SPA100Y1, SPA219Y1, SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, PRT100Y1, PRT110Y1, PRT219Y1, or PRT220Y1), which counts towards the Latin American Studies Major.
(7 FCEs or equivalent. Includes a minimum of 2 FCEs at the 300+-level, at least 0.5 FCE of which must be at the 400-level.)
A. Course work: Students must successfully complete seven full courses or their equivalents sponsored or approved by LAS, as well as satisfy the requirements of their departmental specialization.
Of the required courses:
1. LAS200H1 and LAS201H1 (previously LAS200Y1).
2. LAS300H1 or LAS301H1. Please note that if the subject matter and/or instructor has changed, it will be possible to take, and be credited for, LAS300H1 or LAS301H1 more than once.
3. JQR360H1 or an alternative, but similar, 0.5 FCE course on a combination of quantitative and qualitative reasoning / research design can be taken in consultation with LAS administration.
4. LAS400H1, LAS401H1, or an equivalent 0.5 FCE fourth year-level course, approved by LAS administration.
B. Language: Students must successfully complete (with a minimum grade of 65%) at least the second level of language instruction in Spanish or Portuguese by the end of the third year of study ( SPA220Y1 or PRT220Y1). Spanish Heritage speakers must successfully complete (with a grade of at least 65%) SPA219Y1 (previously SPA319Y1), as this course is considered an equivalent of SPA220Y1. Portuguese Heritage speakers must successfully complete (with a minimum grade of 65%) PRT219Y1, as this course is considered an equivalent of PRT220Y1. Students can also demonstrate equivalent proficiency in the given language through completion of 1 FCE of Spanish and/or Portuguese courses in Latin American topics as approved by LAS administration at a second-year level of instruction or higher.