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Latin and Caribbean Studies

This cross disciplinary minor helps students to acquire a deeper understanding of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. 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


HUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives: Latin American Cultures1


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 Abroad2


ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2


ANTH/HIST 436. Afro–Latin America


ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology2


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 Economics2


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 II2


HUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives: Latin American Cultures


HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2


HIST 391. Travel Studies Seminar2


HIST 395. History Seminar2


HIST 399. Special Studies in History2


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 History2


POSC 350. Latin American Politics


POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2


POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations


REL 380. Contemporary Theologies


REL 450. Religion and Society


SOCI 391. Study Abroad2


SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology2


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 Spanish Literature


SPAN 465. Cinema and Literature


SPAN 490. Special Topics in Spanish



1 HUM 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 HUM 252 to count as part of the Latin American studies minor. HUM 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.