Latin American Studies Program
207 Strong Hall, Phone: 836-5529, FAX: 836-8472
Administrator: Dr. Pam Sailors
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, culture, 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.
Requirements for the Minor
All students who wish to minor in Latin American Studies are required to complete (18) eighteen credit hours of course work including (6) six hours of a Latin American language (Spanish or Portuguese). Twelve (12) additional hours must be selected from four areas of emphasis, with no more than six hours taken from any one area. Students may apply up to three hours credit from variable content/special courses to the minor.
A. Six hours of a Latin American Language, Missouri State currently offers language courses in Spanish (SPN 101, 102, 201, 202) and Portuguese (PTG 101, 102).
B. Twelve hours from the following areas including at least three hours of coursework from at least three of the following areas, and no more than six hours from any one category
Areas of Study
1. Historical Studies
HST 350: Latin American Civilization
HST 397: Special Topics (Latin American Topic)*
HST 492: Seminar (Latin American Topic)*
HST 587: Mexico from Colony to Nation
HST 588: Modern Mexico
2. Geography and Politics
GRY 305: Selected World Regions*
PLS 338: Politics of Less Developed Nations*
PLS 548: Government and Politics in Latin America
3. Art, Culture, Religion & Society
ANT 330: Peoples and Cultures*
ANT 331: Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
ART 273: Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
ART 485: Art of Mesoamerica
ART 385: Art of the Americas
ART 496/598: Special Topics*
REL 397: Variable Topics in Religion*
SOC 336: Race and Ethnic Group Relations
4. Language & Literature
ENG 354: Ethnic American Literature*
ENG 362: Non-European World Literature*
LLT 197: Topics in Language and Literature*
LLT 296: Major Authors in Translation*
SPN 297: Special Topics in Spanish*
SPN 320: Hispanic Cinema
SPN 325: Civilization of Spain
SPN 326: Civilization of Spanish America
SPN 360: US-Latino Literature
SPN 415: Business and Professional Spanish
PTG 297: Special Topics in Portuguese*
Variable Content Courses
A student can petition to apply a variable content/special topics course to the Minor, with the approval of the Administrator. Such variable content/special topics courses may include the courses listed above with an (*) placed next to their description.
A student cannot take more than 6 hours in a particular area to complete the Minor; exceptions must have the permission of the Administrator.
Administration of the program. Courses must be approved by the faculty of the Latin American Studies Steering Committee for inclusion in the minor. The Administrator must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete a Latin American Studies Minor.