Latin American Studies

Latin Studies 2The Latin American Studies minor allows you to develop expertise in the issues and cultures of Latin America, an attractive skill to potential employers with interests in the region.

The minor takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining courses in Philosophy, Political Science, History, Spanish, and Portuguese to facilitate your learning and success. The program cultivates a deep understanding of Latin America, increasing your ability to fully engage with these communities.


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The Latin American Studies Minor is offered through the Department of World Languages and Culture Studies in conjunction with the Department of Political Science and Department of History.

Students must complete six courses as follows:


Core Courses:

  • Port 105 Beginning Portuguese
  • Span 213 Ideas and Cultures: Latin America
  • Span 215 Latin American Studies

One of the following:

  • PoSc 233 Latin American Politics
  • PoSc 265 Latino Politics in the U.S.
  • Hist 376 History of Latin America

One of the following:

  • Span 305 Introduction to Literature
  • Span 310 Topics in Latin American Literature
  • Any literature/film course on Latin America

One of the following:

  • PoSc 197 Politics of the New Democracy; Brazil*
  • Hum 197 Ethics of Globalization in Costa Rica*
  • Any study abroad experience in Latin America

* – May Term course.