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, Caribbean, and Hispanic Studies

Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Bachelor of Science in Education (non-certifiable)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Administration of the program

Latin America is a fascinating, vibrant region. It is home to some major economies, plentiful natural resources, a vast population and diverse cultures. It is a region of great significance to the United States with regard to economic exchange, immigration, national security and many other issues. The Latin American, Caribbean, and Hispanic Studies Minor seeks to enrich students’ knowledge of this important region. It emphasizes critical and interdisciplinary thinking about crucial issues facing the region and helps students develop proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese. Students who earn this minor will acquire skills useful for a variety of careers including, diplomacy, business, translation, health and educational services, and academia.

Permanent courses in the minor program must be approved by the faculty of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Hispanic Studies Committee.

Student can petition to apply to the minor any content-relevant course that has a substantive focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, or Hispanics in the United States, such as Study Away courses or individualized courses.

To fulfill the program, students must:

  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 two of the following areas, and no more than six hours from any one category:

    1. Historical Studies: HST 350(3), HST 397(3)*, HST 587(3), HST 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 488(3) or MST 488(3), ART 496(3)*, REL 397(3)*, SOC 336(3)

    4. Language and Literature: ENG 354(3)*, ENG 362(3)*; PTG 297(3)*, SPN 297(3)*, SPN 314(3), SPN 320(3), SPN 325(3), SPN 326(3), SPN 415(3), SPN 460(3)

      *When applicable. Students must petition to apply this variable content/special topic course to the minor, upon approval of the administrator. A maximum of three hours for each of these variable content/special courses may be used. 

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