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Bachelor of Latin American Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BLAS
  • Length 3 years full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
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From the secret language of tango dancers to the intricacies of political change in Cuba, this degree will fly you to Latin America (quite literally, and probably in your fifth semester of study).

Latin America's history is a collision of culture and politics, wealth and poverty. In this course you will study a history of corruption, colonisation and celebration.

Off the back of its traumatic history, Latin America is growing economically at breakneck speed and in this course you will move along with it.

For aspiring comerciantes and cultural buffs alike, our degree immerses you in a region of extremes.

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work in policy development, government, private business, tourism, trade, foreign affairs and may other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

     
  • identify and differentiate the diverse social, political and economic systems that comprise contemporary Latin America 
  • identify and critique current political debates, and the international relations and interactions of Latin American countries with the rest of the world 
  • define historical origins of contemporary Latin America, especially the interaction between the indigenous societies of the region and European societies 
  • evaluate theories of development and underdevelopment as they relate to the Latin American context 
  • communicate in the Spanish language (graduates' proficiency will vary on the level of language completion) 
  • apply skills and knowledge gained practical experience of studying and living in Latin America. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Domestic applicant entry requirements

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/atar/ for further information.

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points to do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/eas for more information.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Latin American Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

 

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of the Latin American Studies major:

 

24 units from completion of the Spanish Language and Culture minor

 

24 units from completion of courses at a Latin American partner institution or alternative Latin American in-country experience

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Latin American Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Spanish Language & Culture Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Latin American Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Spanish Language & Culture Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Latin American Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Spanish Language & Culture Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Latin American Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Latin American Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Spanish Language & Culture Minor 2000 level Course Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Latin American Exchange 6 units Latin American Exchange 6 units Latin American Exchange 6 units Latin American Exchange 6 units
Latin American Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Latin American Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Latin American Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Honours

For information about honours, please see the College of Arts and Social Sciences Honours website.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$28,608.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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