Applying for the Latin American Studies Major

Admission to the major requires (a) competence in either Spanish or Portuguese; (b) an academic record that shows ability both in Latin American Studies and in the intended department of concentration; and (c) a judgment by core LAST faculty that you are likely to be able to maintain a grade point average of B- or better in all courses taken at Wesleyan that are cross-listed with LAST.

To graduate as a LAST major, you are expected to complete Stage II of the General Education Expectations and to maintain a grade point average of B- or better in all LAST-crosslisted courses taken at Wesleyan.

To Become a Last Major

  1. Click the Major Declaration link in the "Wesleyan Career" bucket in your student electronic portfolio and submit an electronic application to the major.
  2. Come back to this webpage and download the LAST Major Application Form and the LAST Status Sheet. Bring the two completed forms to the Center for the Americas (the yellow house on the front lawn of the campus, next to the president's house). Ask the administrative assistant to put them in the mailbox of the Latin American Studies chair. We shall need your LAST application form and LAST status sheet well before the deadline for declaring your major if we are to review them with sufficient care to approve your major application.
  3. The core LAST faculty will review your major application form and LAST status sheet, as well as your academic record, to make sure that they meet the expectations described above. If we approve your application to become a LAST major, "approved" will replace "pending" in the Major Declaration part of your student portfolio. If we have any questions we'll contact you.

Choosing a Concentration

Students are expected to choose a department of concentration that has a LAST-affiliated faculty member: ECON, E&ES, HIST, GOVT, MUSC, RELI, SOC, SPAN, and THEA.

Under no circumstances may a student concentrate in another program, such as AMST, AFAM, EAST, FGSS, etc.