Latin American and Latino Studies

Explore the people, languages, history, cultures and politics of Latin America in this interdisciplinary program, which blends classroom study with community-based learning and study abroad opportunities. Latin American and Latino Studies can enhance any career path -- from business and law to journalism and the arts -- by expanding your knowledge of Latin America’s diversity, influence and evolving relationship with the U.S.

Latin American and Latino Studies Minor

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This interdisciplinary minor provides students with a broad and systematic exploration of the peoples, languages, cultures, and sociopolitical dynamics of Latin America as an important world region, with added emphasis on the important increasing ties that link the region to North America and beyond. With nearly 600 million people and emerging powers such as Brazil and Mexico, Latin America is a vitally important world region. To foster appreciation of Latin America’s historical diversity and growing influence, the LALS minor blends traditional classroom study with experiential and community-based learning, including study abroad opportunities. With the broad foundational study in the region’s cultures, arts, and politics, students in the LALS minor will learn how to critically evaluate and participate in the evolving relationships between the United States and Latin America.

Foundational Requirement:

LALS100Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies 

Language Requirement:

Students must demonstrate a proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese with successful completion of one 300-level Spanish (SPN) or Portuguese (POR) course, or placement by examination.

Select Three (3) Electives from the following courses

*Note: Students must meet all the prerequisites for the courses listed below unless waived by the instructor.

AAH330Topics in Art & Architectural History 
ARCH573Modernism in Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective 
ARCH413Architecture Studio: Mexico City 
ANTH351Cultures of Latin America 
ENG320Studies in Global Literatures 
ENG360Ethnic American Literature: Latino American 
HIST283Survey of Latin American History 
HIST318Studies in Latin American National History 
HIST383Critical Periods & Topics in Latin American History 
LALS299Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies 
LALS430Advanced Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies 
MUSIC311Music of Latin America & the Caribbean 
POLSC308Race and Ethnicity in American Politics 
POLSC328Politics of Latin America 
POLSC330Revolution and Social Change 
POLSC428Mexican Politics 
PSYCH295Introduction to Cross Cultural Psychology 
PSYCH395Themes in Cultural Psychology 
SOC260Sociological Perspectives on Race 
SOC320Comparative Immigration 
SPN339Spanish Literary Tradition II 

Capstone Requirement:

LALS460Capstone Experience in LALS