Bachelor of Arts with Latin American Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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Latin American Studies

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Studying Latin American Studies

Course overview

 What is Latin American Studies about?

Latin American Studies explores the unique cultures and societies of South and Central America and the Caribbean through their literature, visual arts, history, sociology and politics. The course draws on the range of expertise that exists within Spanish and other disciplines at NUI Galway, and is coordinated by the Spanish Department.

How is the programme structured?

Over the four years of the programme, the content includes modules on Latin American literature, visual arts and culture, history, society and politics, and students will be introduced to a wide range of cultural and theoretical approaches. Students taking this programme must also take Spanish and must also take another subject (see subject groupings). The recommended choices of degree subjects for this specialism include any other language, Sociological and Political Studies, Archaeology, Geography, English or Economics. Students will have the option to pursue academic studies or a work placement (or a combination of both elements) in Latin America. In their final year, students will complete their studies in their two degree subjects, incorporating the knowledge gained in the specialist study they have followed in the previous three years.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

Students taking Latin American Studies must also take Spanish as one of their degree subjects from first year to final year. Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting requirements.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 365

A Level Grades (2015): BBB & c(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 15

NFQ level: 8

Course outline

Year One

• Introduction to Latin American Culture

• Representations of Latin America

• Latin American Society and Politics


Year Two

• Latin American History and Society

• Cultural Debates in Latin America


Year Three

• Work Placement/Study Abroad (Students will have the opportunity to concentrate their work in the specialist area of Latin American Studies and will have the option to pursue academic studies or a work placement (or a combination of both elements) in Latin America).


Year Four

You will complete your studies in your two core degree subjects and may incorporate in your final year projects the specialist skills and knowledge you have gained in Latin American Studies over your previous three years.

Further education

Students will be in a position to consider undertaking further studies in Latin American Studies at MA or PhD levels.

Find out more

Dr Kate Quinn
Programme Coordinator
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T  +353 91 492702

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.