Degrees & Courses

Course Information

The Latin American and Iberian Studies program offers interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses for students in the program. LAIS course offerings range in type from lecture classes with discussion sections to small seminars taught by faculty affiliated with the program to individualized independent study. Faculty affiliated with the LAIS program offer these classes, assisted in some courses by LAIS graduate students. With the approval of the Director, students can also pursue internships for academic credit.

LAIS 100 is mandatory course for all undergraduate majors and minors and is offered FALL QUARTER only.

LAIS 200 is a required course for all graduate students in their first year of the Master's program. It is taught concurrently with LAIS 100 every FALL QUARTER only.

In addition to the courses that LAIS offers, students also take courses in other programs and departments, including Art History, Economics, Film Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature, Linguistics, History, Anthropology, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies. See listings Education, under the requirements for Majors and Minors.

In addition to courses taught at UCSB, students are encouraged to pursue coursework in the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP), which has study centers in Chile , Costa Rica , Mexico , Spain , and Brazil . Students can strengthen their language skills, gain important cultural experience, and earn credit toward their degrees. Please see the undergraduate or graduate advisor if you are interested in this option.