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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Overview

FIU's fully online BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers undergraduate students the ability to develop an interdisciplinary awareness and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. The major provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary approach requiring students to achieve intermediate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Creole or French. It offers main concentration areas, a wide range of electives, and provides internship opportunities. Candidates will select courses from their area of concentration which include Language and Culture, Governance and Security, Migration and Transient Communities, and others in consultation with their advisor. All students complete core coursework in International Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. Students completing the online B.A. in Latin and Caribbean Studies learn from well-qualified experts in fields including History, Economics, Political Science and International Relations, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Modern Languages, and Religious Studies.

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Why Apply?

According to executive recruiters, global studies, such as the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, add considerable value to university graduates’ marketability. With a specific emphasis in transnational studies, graduates are more competitive when applying for jobs with multinational companies. A degree in Latin American Studies offers cross-cultural expertise in today’s worldwide organizations and LACC graduates are expertly prepared to apply their degrees in a broad range of careers and fields. Some examples are:

LACC graduates frequently accept positions in government agencies (local, state, national) such as Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA and Foreign Service, as well as immigration and refugeeresettlement, U.S. Customs, and the Coast Guard. Others build careers with non-profit organizations that offer humanitarian services and disaster relief and community development, or join state and local agencies to influence policy development, and community outreach initiatives.

LACC alumni are top leaders in financial and business industriesinternational firms doing business to and from Latin America, banking, trade associations, import and export organizations— as well as other service industries that demand bicultural skills and knowledge such as public relations/marketing, media and journalism, travel and tourism, convention and visitors bureaus; museums and social services.

Careers in advocacy are
chosen by graduates who build careers as lawyers or corporate administrators while others take the lead in consumer organizations, cultural affairs offices, NGOs, think tanks, and health service establishments, academia and K-12 education.

Courses

Program Completion Requirements 

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

To qualify for admission to the B.A. program, FIU undergraduates must have met all the university's lower division requirements, including the CLAS requirement or its equivalent, and have completed 60 semester hours. 

Required Core Courses (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean
Required Distribution (24 credits)
  • International Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean (9 credits)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Cultures (9 credits)
  • Main concentration (6 credits with the same or related prefixes)
Language Requirements
  • Two semesters in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French
  • Lower division (1000/2000) courses do not count towards the B.A. language requirements.
  • Two upper division language courses (3000/4000). Students must achieve intermediate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French. To meet pre-requisites of these upper division courses, students may successfully test out of these lower division courses.
  • Students who test out of language courses must still take two 3000/4000 language courses.
 

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

 In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.
  • Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree.  Students must complete the University Core Curriculum, University requirements and Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Spanish major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met.  For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

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