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U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures Major

Welcome to the U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

Professor Max Parra

2016-2017 Faculty Advisor
Professor Rosaura Sanchez (Fall/Winter)
Professor Max Parra (Spring)

Major Requirements

U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures major checklist
  1. Two lower-division courses:
    1. LTSP 50B. Readings in Latin American Literature or LTSP 50C. Readings in Latin American Topics
    2. LTEN 29 or TWS 22
  2. Five upper-division courses from Latin American literature offerings taught in Spanish. At least one of these courses must deal with literature written before 1900. Courses must be chosen from this list:

    LTSP 130B, LTSP 133, LTSP 134, LTSP 135A, LTSP 136, LTSP 137, LTSP 138, LTSP 140, LTSP 141, LTSP 142, LTSP 162, LTSP 170, LTSP 171, LTSP 172, LTSP 174, LTSP 175, LTSP 176, LTSP 177

  3. Five upper-division courses dealing with Latino/a- Chicano/a cultural production; these literature courses may be Literatures in English courses, Literature of the Americas courses, or Cultural Studies courses, all taught in English. Courses must be chosen from this list:

    LTEN 169, LTEN 170, LTEN 178, LTEN 180, LTAM 100, LTAM 101, LTAM 105, LTAM 106, LTAM 107, LTAM 108, LTAM 109, LTAM 110, LTAM 111, LTAM 130, LTAM 140

  4. Two additional upper-division courses from the Department of Literature for a total of twelve upper-division courses. Students may petition to have up to two relevant courses from other departments or programs count towards this requirement.

Course Information

(LA) = Latin American literature before 1900

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major is a bilingual English-Spanish major, so students who are not already fluent in both languages are highly recommended to start taking courses in these language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • After transferring coursework and filing undergraduate petitions, many transfer students find that they still have lower division requirements to fulfill.  It is highly recommended that you substitute upper division courses for these requirements, and our Academic Advisors have lists of pre-approved courses for this purpose (this is only applicable to the "LTEN 29 or TWS 22" requirement).

Study Abroad for Your Major

U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  U.S. Latino/a & Latin American Literatures majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:



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Walk-in Advising

Literature Building, Room 110
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