Global & International Studies Bachelor’s Degree



Core Knowledge and Skills (9 Hours):

  • GIST 220 Introduction to Global and International Studies           
  • LAC 100 Latin American Culture and Society
  • LAC 300 Interdisciplinary Themes in Latin American Studies
    or LAC 310 Topics in LAC - Anthropology: _____
    or LAC 332 Language and Society in Latin America
    or LAC 334 Indigenous Traditions of Latin America

Additional Language (3-5 Hours):

Satisfied by completion of one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above) or any available additional language course (3-5 hours). All language study must be in Latin American Caribbean languages (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, or Indigenous Latin American Languages).

Capstone Coursework (6 Hours):

Satisfied by the completion of the following two courses, with a senior project specifically focused on a a Latin American and Caribbean topic.

  • GIST 610 Interdisciplinary Methods for Global Contexts 
  • GIST 698 Capstone Seminar or GIST 699 Capstone Seminar, Honors

Upper-Division Latin American and Caribbean Electives (9 Hours):

Satisfied by taking three LAC (or crosslisted) courses at the 300-level or above (this can include LAC 300, 310, 332, or 334).

Upper-Division Interdisciplinary Electives (6 Hours):

Satisfied by taking two courses focusing on the Latin American and Caribbean region from related departments at the 300-level or above. The following list shows examples of commonly taught approved electives; speak with the Undergraduate Advisor for GIST for a complete list of approved courses.

  • AAAS 301 Haiti: Culture and Identity      
  • AAAS 333 Introduction to Caribbean Literature  
  • AAAS 574 Slavery in the New World       
  • ANTH 379 Indigenous Traditions of Latin America            
  • ANTH 380 Peoples of South America      
  • ANTH 382 People and the Rain Forest    
  • ENGL 339 Introduction to Caribbean Literature  
  • FMS 316 Cinemas of the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay 
  • GEOG 591 Geography of Latin America  
  • HIST 365 Invention of the Tropics           
  • HIST 368 A History of Afro-Latin America             
  • HIST 575 The Many Faces of Mexico       
  • PORT 300 Brazilian Culture         
  • PORT 471 Studies in Brazilian Culture and Civilization: _____       
  • PORT 565 Studies in Brazilian Film: _____            
  • SPAN 346 Transatlantic Hispanic Cultures            
  • SPAN 447 Latin American Cultures: _____           
  • SPAN 475 Studies in Latin-American Literature and Culture: _____           
  • SPAN 560 Colloquium on Latin American Film    

Additional Requirements

Major Hours & Major GPA:

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the
following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours:

Satisfied by 11 units (minimum of 33 credit hours) of major courses.

Overlapping Courses:

Students in the GIST major can overlap relevant coursework with other programs;
however, in order to ensure interdisciplinary breadth, they can only take up to 5 courses offered or cross-listed by any single other academic program.

Major Hours in Residence:

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Hours:

Satisfied by a minimum of 21 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA:

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and
repeated courses. To calculate GPA, see the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.