Program Requirements



Requirements for the LALS Concentration

  1. Completion of six approved courses on Latin America or Latinos, including Montserrat courses designated for LALS credit. No more than two courses in any one discipline may count towards the Concentration. At least one course must be in History.

  2. Completion of Spanish Composition and Conversation (SPAN 301), Composition for Bilingual Speakers (SPAN 302), Advanced Composition and Conversation (Span 315), or other 300- or 400-level Spanish course; alternately, demonstration of equivalent competency in another LALS-related language (Portuguese, French, Indigenous or Afro-Latin American language) at the post-intermediate level. Courses taken to satisfy the language requirement do not count towards the six multidisciplinary courses required for the Concentration.

  3. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (offered as LALS 101) as an interdisciplinary introduction to the field.

  4. All Concentrators, especially those with an interest in Latino Studies, are encouraged to enroll in at least one course with a Community-Based Learning (CBL) project involving collaboration with Worcester-area organizations such as Centro las Américas, The Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University, and The Nativity School of Worcester. Relevant courses include Education 169 and 273, History 350, and Spanish 304 and 413.

  5. Concentrators are further encouraged to develop (with faculty guidance) a seminar, directed reading, internship, or study abroad experience into a senior project that allows them to more fully pursue their interest in a given topic. Concentrators completing senior projects present them during the Holy Cross Academic Conference in April.

  6. Up to two courses on Latin American or Latino topics can be applied towards the Concentration for students studying abroad in Spanish-speaking countries, and up to three courses for students who participate in Study Abroad in Latin America. For more information on study abroad opportunities in Peru and Argentina, contact Jeannie LaPlatney, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, or the Latin American and Latino Studies Director, Prof. Rosa Carrasquillo.

  7. Students may petition to have one Holy Cross course not offered by program faculty apply towards Concentration requirements if the course has a significant Latin American or Latino component. Inclusion of such a course in the Latin American Studies track must be approved by the LALS Director.

  8. Students are encouraged to participate in the regular series of co-curricular programming sponsored or co-sponsored by LALS, including:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 
  • Special forums and colloquia on topics of community interest     
  • Faculty, student, and alumni presentations     
  • Informational presentations and pre-departure orientations for Study Abroad 
  • Presentations on community-based learning, study abroad, and senior projects  
  • Lectures by visiting scholars, artists, and activists
  • Films series, art exhibits and other and special showings
  • Publication of creative writing and artwork of Hispanic inspiration in the bilingual journal fósforo: Revista de Inspiración Hispánica
  • End-of-year reception for graduating seniors
  • Cinco de Mayo cultural celebrations


To Enroll in the Program

Print a Change in Academic Plan Form via STAR. Contact Prof. Rosa Carrasquillo (the LALS Program Director) and your Academic Advisor to discuss your interest in the program and to obtain their signatures. Visit Susan Cunningham, Associate Director of Concentrations, in Smith 331, to complete the Concentration application process.  Please bring your Change in Academic Plan Form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to your appointment with Prof. Cunningham.  Students are encouraged, but not required, to apply before the end of their sophomore year. To plan out a program of course work, consult with the director and/or any other professor in the program. Upon graduation, your transcript will read "Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration" and you will receive a special stole and certificate to celebrate your accomplishment.


Prof. Rosa Carrasquillo

Director Latin American and Latino Studies
O'Kane 358, Phone 793-3450

Susan Cunningham

Associate Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Smith 331 Phone 793-2703