The minor in Latin American Studies can complement any major with a series of six courses that emphasize the history, politics, economics, literature, language and art of the region. Latin America comprises more than twenty countries in the Western Hemisphere and is an area with deep and complex ties to the United States. A student can expect to develop a broad perspective on the Americas through comparative and interdisciplinary study that will also lend itself to professional preparation for many fields.
Why take this minor?
The LAS minor offers students the opportunity for students in any major to engage in the interdisciplinary study of a major world region with close ties to the United States. It encourages and prepares students to study abroad or participate in a travel study course or do an original research project, among other opportunities for engaged learning.
Student Learning Outcomes
On completing the program Latin American Studies Minors should:
- Have at least a basic ability to read, speak and write the Spanish language or, for students with greater initial knowledge, a more sophisticated grasp of Spanish grammar and usage
- Be able to explain major characteristics of Latin American history, politics, and culture
Number of Courses Required for Graduation
Number of Credits Required for Graduation
Six three-credit courses distributed as follows. As course offerings change, please see Director for other approved courses on a semester-to-semester basis.
TWO Spanish language courses: 100 through 400-level
- SPN 101, 102 Elementary Spanish
- SPN 201, 202 Intermediate Spanish
- SPN 203, 204 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
- SPN 301, 302 Spanish Conversation and Composition
- SPN 307 Commercial Spanish
- SPN 401 History of the Spanish Language
FOUR courses drawn from at least THREE of the following departments:
History (HIS 307, HIS 308, special topics)
- HIS 307 Colonial Latin America
- HIS 308 Latin America in Revolution
Political Science / Economics (POL/ECN 334, special topics)
- POL / ECN 334 Political Economy of Latin America
Art and Art History (ARTH 224, special topics)
- ARTH 224 Introduction to Latin American Art History
Spanish (SPN 313, 322, 350, 351, 442, 443, 448, special topics)
- SPN 350-351 Introduction to Bilingual-Bicultural Studies (in Spanish)
- SPN 313 Survey of Spanish American Literature (in Spanish)
- SPN 322 Survey of Spanish American Culture (in Spanish)
- SPN 442 Romanticism (in Spanish)
- SPN 443 19th and 20th century poetry (in Spanish)
- SPN 448 The Spanish American Novel (in Spanish)
Travel Study Course to a country in Latin America (multiple departments)
Recommended Course Sequence
Courses are not sequenced but it is recommended that a student take two courses per year starting in the Sophomore year.