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The Program

Focused and flexible is the best way to describe the Latin American Studies minor. By minoring in Latin American Studies, you can plan and implement a concentration that best serves your post-graduate goals — whether they include a career in business, government, education, or foreign service or post-graduate studies.

The minor requires 18 credit hours — with no language competency requirement — distributed in the following manner:

  • One course in each of the following areas: anthropology, sociology, foreign language studies, and political science;
  • A senior capstone seminar in Latin American studies and;
  • One additional course from anthropology, history, foreign language studies, or political science, with the provision that this course cannot also count toward the student’s major.

For more information, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.


Requirements for a minor concentration in Latin American Studies must be taken from the following list. Under special circumstances, the LAS director may authorize an appropriate substitute course, such as a tutorial or a special topics course.

APG 321 Latin America: Mexico and Central America
APG 322 Latin America: South America
HIS 230 Early and Colonial Latin American History
HIS 231 Modern Latin American History
PSC 336 Latin American Politics
PSC 484 Seminar on Latin America
SOC 375 Latin American Society
SPN 212 Hispanic Civilizations
SPN 305 The Hispanic Short Story
SPN 309 Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Culture
SPN 322 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
SPN 408 Contemporary Spanish-American Novel
SPN 417 Spanish-American Literature
SPN 418 Spanish-American Novel
LAS 350 Selected Topics
LAS 460 Tutorial Latin American Studies
LAS 480 Senior Seminar
LAS 495 Independent Study
LAS Elective Latin American Studies Elective

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Rev. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D.
Latin American Studies Program Director
Assistant Professor of History

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