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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.​

Courses

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​