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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 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

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

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

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, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; 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 international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

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

Domestic applicant entry requirements

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.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Adjustment Factors

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 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 http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$34,944.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply 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.

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 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

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours)

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor 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

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
A Latin American Studies major (48 units)
A Spanish Language and Culture minor (24 units)
Completion of approved courses taken at a Latin American partner institution or alternative Latin American in-country experience (24 units)
Eight electives (48 units) from across the ANU

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
A Latin American Studies major (48 units)
A Spanish Language and Culture minor (24 units)
Completion of approved courses taken at a Latin American partner institution or alternative Latin American in-country experience (24 units)

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Latin American Studies degree program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take the Latin American Studies major (8 courses), the Spanish Language and Culture minor (4 courses) and four approved courses taken at a Latin American partner institution or alternative Latin American in-country experience (24 units).
You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Latin American Studies degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Latin American Studies degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take the Latin American Studies major (8 courses), the Spanish Language and Culture minor (4 courses) and four approved courses taken at a Latin American partner institution or alternative Latin American in-country experience (24 units).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
You need to enrol in courses for a Latin Americian Studies major
You need to enrol in courses for a Spanish Language and Culture minor
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Latin American Studies half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You will need to enrol in:
Courses for both First Semester and Second Semester
Two courses (12 units) towards the Latin American Studies major. These are
     POLS1007 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
     and 6 units of 1000 level courses in one of the following subject areas:  Political Science, History, Sociology or Anthropology.
Two courses from the Spanish Language and Culture minor
Four elective courses (24 units)

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses for one major, one minor and an approved partner institution exchange (24 units), you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Study Options

Bachelor of Latin American Studies - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Latin American Studies.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units SPAN1001 Introduction to Spanish I 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
POLS1007 An Introduction to Latin American Studies 6 units SPAN1002 Introduction to Spanish II 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Bachelor of Latin American Studies - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units SPAN1001 Introduction to Spanish I 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
POLS1007 An Introduction to Latin American Studies 6 units SPAN1002 Introduction to Spanish II 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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