Latin American Studies Minor

Why minor in Latin American studies?

  • Wide-ranging curriculum will give you a deeper understanding of the close, complex relationship between Latin America and the United States.
  • The program’s emphasis on language skills will help you develop proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese.
  • Knowledge of Latin history and culture will prepare you for careers in business, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, social services, health care and more.

Latin American Studies

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Social Work

Administration of the program

Courses must be approved by the faculty of the Latin American Studies Committee for inclusion in the minor. The administrator must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete the Latin American Studies minor.

The Latin American Studies program provides a minor course of study that offers the opportunity to study the Latin American nations from an interdisciplinary perspective, which emphasizes critical approaches to the study of history, political systems, social structures, economic development, and literary and artistic expression of the region. In addition, the increasing importance of the Hispanic migration into the United States makes this program very relevant to modern American culture and political institutions. Students who earn this minor will be better prepared for careers in international business, public service, human resources, and graduate studies in history, political science, and public administration.

A student cannot take more than six hours in a particular discipline to complete the minor; exceptions must have permission of the Administrator.

  1. Complete six hours of a Latin American language: Portuguese (PTG 101, 102, 201, 202) or Spanish (SPN 101, 102, 201, 202)

  2. Complete 12 hours from the following areas including at least three hours from at least three of the following areas, and no more than six hours from any one category:

    1. Historical Studies: HST 350(3), 397(3)*, 587(3), 588(3)

    2. Geography and Politics: GRY 305(3)*; PLS 338(3)*, PLS 548(3)

    3. Art, Culture, Religion, and Society: ANT 330(3)*, ANT 331(3); ART 273(3), ART 385(3), ART 485(3), ART 496(3)*, ART 598(3)*; REL 397(3)*; SOC 336(3)

    4. Language and Literature: ENG 354(3)*, ENG 362(3)*; LLT 197(3)*, LLT 296(3)*; PTG 297(3)*; SPN 297(3)*, SPN 320(3), SPN 325(3), SPN 326(3), SPN 415(3)

      *when applicable – A student can petition to apply a variable content/special topic course to the minor, upon approval of the Administrator a maximum of three hours of these variable content/special courses may be used. 

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