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Latin American Studies

Dr. Laura Lewis, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-7856

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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.

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Credit Hours
Complete two courses from among the following:
     ANTH 265. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the
     GHUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives: Latin American
     GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America
     POSC 350. Latin American Politics
     SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
Complete four additional courses from among the following:
     ANTH 265. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the
     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/HIST 436. 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 490. Senior Project II1
     GHUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives: Latin American
     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 447. South America
     HIST 448. Colonial Gender in Latin 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 446. Special Topics in Linguistics, Literature
          or Civilization1


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.

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