UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Latin American and Iberian Studies

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Phelps Hall 4206

Undergraduate Advisor: Elena Baez
Telephone: (805) 893-3161
Undergraduate e-mail: ebaez@ucsb.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator: Tyler McMullen
Telephone: (805) 893-2131 
Graduate e-mail: tylermcmullen@ucsb.edu 

Website: www.lais.ucsb.edu
Program Director: Cecilia Méndez Gastelumendi
E-mail: mendez@lais.ucsb.edu


The Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies offers interdisciplinary training leading to the bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. The undergraduate program is designed for students broadly interested in the following areas: culture and art, professional careers in business or government, teaching professions in fields such as language or social science, and further academic study of Latin America, Spain, or Portugal.

Latin American and Iberian studies may be taken as part of a double major in combination with another discipline such as global studies, history, anthropology, or economics, subject to an 8-unit limit on overlapping upper-division courses.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Portugal, or Spain through the university’s Education Abroad Program. Transfer credit may be given for study at other universities in Latin America, Spain, or Portugal.

Subject to prior approval by the advisory committee, students may receive academic credit for an internship in an international or development agency or other relevant employment. The internship will be done in conjunction with an independent study course supervised by a faculty member.

Honors Program

Seniors who have maintained a 3.6 grade-point average in courses in the major are eligible for the honors program. With approval of the director, students will select an advisor who will direct the project. In two quarters, the student will pursue research and writing on a topic of importance and complexity, resulting in an honors thesis.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Iberian studies who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential should contact the credential advisor in the Graduate School of Education as soon as possible.