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Latin and Caribbean Studies 

This cross disciplinary minor helps students to acquire a deeper understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. All minors must attain proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or French at or above the intermediate level (SPAN/PORT/FR 232 or equivalent). In addition to the language requirement, the 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 or Caribbean country for a semester or summer session. See the website for changes in required courses.


Credit Hours

Complete two courses from among the following:


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


GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America


GHUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives: Latin American Cultures 1


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 Caribbean


ANTH 325. Aztec, Maya and Their Predecessors


ANTH 364. U.S./Latin American Borders


ANTH 391. Study Abroad 2


ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology 2


ANTH/HIST 436. Afro–Latin America


ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology 2


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 Economics 2


ENG 434. Latin American Literature in Translation


ENG 439. Major Authors of Literature in Spanish in Translation


GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America


GEOG 490. Senior Project II 2


GHUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives: Latin American Cultures


HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History 2


HIST 391. Travel Studies Seminar 2


HIST 395. History Seminar 2


HIST 399. Special Studies in History 2


HIST 437. Latin America and Latin Americans through Film: Focus on the


Twentieth Century


HIST 444. Revolution and Social Change in Latin America


HIST 445. Latin America and the United States


HIST 447. South America


HIST 448. Gender in Colonial Latin America


HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 2


POSC 350. Latin American Politics


POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 2


POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations


REL 380. Contemporary Theologies


REL 450. Religion and Society


SOCI 391. Study Abroad 2


SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology 2


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 446. Special Topics in Linguistics, Literature or Civilization 2


SPAN 465. Cinema and Literature


SPAN 490. Special Topics in Spanish




GHUM 252 is typically offered in several sections each semester; many of these sections do not focus on Latin America. Students must take the version focused on Latin America for GHUM 252 to count as part of the Latin American studies minor. GHUM 252 counts as a history course unless taught by faculty from another discipline.

2 This is a special topics or special studies course. It may count for the minor, but only if it deals with Latin America or the Caribbean. Contact the coordinator for approval.