Programs / Undergraduate

Introduction to the Program

The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia is a leading institution for Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies, with a faculty of experts in fields covering all historical periods, from the medieval to the contemporary. The LAIC Undergraduate Program is conceived as a research program that helps students develop highly creative and intellectual projects. The following Major and Concentration programs are offered:

    •    Major in Hispanic Studies

    •    Major in Hispanic Studies with Specialization

    •    Concentration in Hispanic Studies

    •    Concentration in Portuguese Studies

Majors in Hispanic Studies are encouraged to propose an Honors Thesis project at the end of their junior year. The thesis, which is optional, is developed during the senior year, and enables a student to compete for departmental honors. The faculty also awards prizes in recognition of exceptional performance in the program.

The LAIC Undergraduate Program has been designed in close consultation and cooperation with Barnard’s Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures. All courses taken in one department may be used to fulfill the requirements of the other.

Student initiatives

The LAIC department’s vibrant intellectual life results from a close dialogue between students and professors. Students are encouraged to propose initiatives at any time of the year by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) with a tentative project. You can visit PORTALES: The LAIC Undergraduate Journal, for instance, to learn more about this outstanding undergraduate initiative in the department.


For information about the Major or the Concentrations please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Seth Kimmel, at

If you have questions or need information about the language requirement, language placement, or the Spanish Language Program in general, please contact Lee B. Abraham, Director of the Spanish Language Program.

Please contact  José Antonio Castellanos-Pazos, Director of the Portuguese Language Program, for questions regarding the Portuguese language courses.

For questions about the Catalan language courses, please reach out to the Director of the Catalan Language Program, Elsa Úbeda.

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