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Latin American Studies Minor

Dr. Charles Blake, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6344
E-mail: blakech@jmu.edu

This interdisciplinary minor helps students to acquire a deeper understanding of Latin America. All Latin American studies minors must attain proficiency in Spanish at or above the intermediate level (SPAN 232 or equivalent). In addition to the language requirement, the Latin American studies minor consists of 18 approved credit hours. Across those 18 credits, students must select courses in at least three different disciplines. Participants in the minor are encouraged to explore the possibility of studying in a Latin American country for a semester or summer session.

See https://caal.jmu.edu/latinamerica/LASminor.htm for changes in required courses.

If you have questions about the minor in Latin American Studies, contact the coordinator.

Courses
Credit Hours
Complete one course from among the following:
3

HIST 267. History of Latin America

HIST 268. Contemporary Latin America

Complete one course from among the following:
3

ANTH 265. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America

POSC 350. Latin American Politics

SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization

Complete four additional courses from among the following:
12

ANTH 265. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean

ANTH 325. Aztec, Maya and Their Predecessors

ANTH/SOCI 352. Birth, Death, Sex: Exploring Demography

ANTH 364. U.S./Latin American Borders

ANTH 391. Study Abroad1

ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology1

ANTH 425. Afro-Latin America

ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology1

ARTH 484. Art of the Americas

ECON 270. International Economics

ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems

ECON 365. Economic Development

ECON 372. International Finance and Payments

ECON 490. Special Studies in Economics1

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America

GEOG 380B. Regional Geographic Studies – Latin America

GEOG 490. Special Studies in Geography1

HIST 267. History of Latin America

HIST 268. Contemporary Latin America

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History1

HIST 391. Travel Studies Seminar1

HIST 395. History Seminar1

HIST 399. Special Studies in History1

HIST 444. Revolution and Social Change in Latin America

HIST 445. Latin America and the United States

HIST 446. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

HIST 447. South America

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History1

POSC 350. Latin American Politics

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics1

POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations

REL 380. Contemporary Theologies

REL 450. Religion and Society

SOCI 391. Study Abroad1

SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology1

SPAN 300. Spanish Grammar and Communication

SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization

SPAN 320. Spanish Oral and Written Communication

SPAN 330. Business Spanish

SPAN 385. Latin American Drama and Short Stories

SPAN 395. Latin American Poetry of the 20th Century

SPAN 408. Aspects of Latin American Civilization

SPAN 415. The Spanish-American Novel

SPAN 465. Cinema and Literature

SPAN 490. Special Topics in Spanish1


 
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1 This is a special topics or special studies course. It may count for the minor, but only if it deals with Latin America. Contact the coordinator for approval if you are interested in taking this course as part of the Latin American studies minor.