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2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American Studies Minor

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Katie Holt, Chair
Alvaro Corral
Michele Leiby (F)- on leave spring
Herman Medina
Olivia Navarro-Farr
Rikki Palmer (F)- on leave spring


Latin American Studies combines a multidisciplinary approach to Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean, Spanish and/or Portuguese language study, and offcampus study to deepen participating students’ knowledge of the area. Contributing courses are not restricted to the region’s geographic limits but also include the experiences of diasporic communities as well as courses that provide a broader theoretical perspective to help students understand Latin Americans’ diverse lived experiences.

This firm grounding in the history, cultures, and languages of Latin America will allow students from any major to bring a wider global perspective to their disciplinary projects.

Minor in Latin American Studies

Consists of six courses:

Special Notes

  • Overseas Study: Students must study in an off-campus endorsed program in the region.  This may be a summer, semester, or year-long program.  
  • Students may take either HIST 21500  or HIST 21600  as a foundational course, although students are encouraged to take both to further their knowledge of regional history.
  • In general, courses from LAST endorsed programs analyzing regional issues will automatically count as elective credit towards the minor.
  • No more than three off-campus courses can be counted toward the minor.
  • Supervised internships, experiential learning opportunities, or research projects awarded credit during the off-campus study term may also be counted towards the LAST minor with approval. 
  • Students may count no more than one Spanish elective in English towards the minor.
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the minor.

Cross-listed Courses Accepted for Latin American Studies Credit

Comparative Literature

               CMLT 29003.  Surrealism: Europe and the Caribbean [AH]


               HIST 10177.  Latin American Revolutions [C, HSS]

               HIST 20104.  Latin America & the US [C, HSS, W]

               HIST 21500.  Colonial Latin America [C, HSS, DPP, GE]

               HIST 21600.  Modern Latin America [C, HSS, DPP, GE]

               HIST 21700.  Modern Brazil [C, HSS, DPP, SJ, GE]

Political Science

     PSCI 20715. Immigration Policies and Policy [HSS]

     PSCI 24400.  Politics in Developing Countries [C, HSS]

               PSCI 24700.  Issues in Comparative Politics [C, HSS]

               PSCI 24800.  Contemporary Politics in Latin America [C, HSS]

Sociology and Anthropology

               ANTH 23104.  Peoples & Cultures: Latin America [C, HSS]


               SPAN 22400.  Readings in Latin American Cultures [C, W, DPP]

               SPAN 27000.  Spanish Phonology [AH]

               SPAN 27503.  Spanish American Short Story [AH, C]

               SPAN 28000.  Hispanic Film (Taught in English) [AH, C]

     SPAN 30500.  The Contemporary Latin American Novel [AH, C]

               SPAN 30900.  Trends in Spanish American Literature [AH, C]

               SPAN 31000.  Structure Modern of Spanish [AH]

               *SPAN 31100.  Adv Seminar in Hispanic Language [AH, C, GE]  (*when taught on Latin American topic)

Theatre & Dance

               THTD 24700.  Latin American Theatre and Performance [AH, C, D, GE, SJ]

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality

               WGSS 20400.  Transnational Feminisms [C, HSS, GE]

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