Majors and Concentrations
The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures offers the following major and concentration programs:
- Major in Hispanic Studies
- Major in Hispanic Studies with Specialization
- Concentration in Hispanic Studies
- Concentration in Portuguese Studies
Please refer to the Hispanic Studies Major and Concentration Worksheet and the Portuguese Concentration Worksheet to see all the options above compared to one another. See also the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the major and the concentration.
The language and major programs in our department have been designed in close consultation and cooperation with Barnard's Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures. All courses taken in one program may be used to fulfill the requirements of the other. Hence, Columbia and Barnard students may move freely between the departments of both institutions in search of the courses that may best fit their intellectual interests and schedules.
Most courses taken in an approved program abroad can be used to fulfill the requirements for the major and concentration. See the page on study abroad.
Seniors who have performed exceptionally well in their course of study in the department are invited by the faculty to compete for departmental honors. The faculty also awards prizes in recognition of exceptional performance in the major. See the full description of the Honors program and prizes.
Here is a copy of the Columbia College Major and Concentration Declaration Form that you can print and take to your meeting with the DUS for signing. General Studies students may obtain a major declaration form by making an appointment with their adviser.
For more information, contact the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.