Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy (MATH 101 Recommended)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3SPAN 212 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)13
SPAN 111 (Major Requirement)15LAA 100 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)3
Elective (Total Hours)1Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science3
SPAN 216 (Major Requirement)13Society, Politics, and Economics Elective Course (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours) Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 12 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3LAA 300 (Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics, Major Requirement)3
Culture, Literature, and the Arts Elective Course (Major Requirement)33Culture, Literature, and the Arts Elective Course (Major Requirement)33
Society, Politics, and Economics Elective Course (Major Requirement)33Society, Politics, and Economics Elective Course (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Society, Politics, and Economics Elective Course (Major Requirement)33LAA 450 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Culture, Literature, and the Arts Elective Course (Major Requirement)33Culture, Literature, and the Arts Elective Course (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 117
1

The Latin American & Caribbean Studies major requires 4th-level language proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese. 

2

Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor).  This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor. If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements. 

3

12 hours (4 courses) are required from each of the following categories: Culture, Literature, and the Arts; and Society, Politics, and Economics. The department publishes an approved list of courses for each category each semester. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.