Latin American & Caribbean Studies

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Minor Requirements:

Students must choose six courses taken across the divisions, and may not count three courses from one prefix.  Courses may be selected from approved Special Topics Courses, courses taken at LVAIC institutions, or study abroad. Students who minor in LACS, or create a self-designed major inLACS, are encouraged to study abroad. Regular course options are listed below.

One required core course selected from the following three options:

  • HST 291/292: Colonial Latin America
  • HST 293/294: Modern Latin America
  • SUS 350: Environmental and Cultural Conservation in Latin America

At least one elective in Languages & Literature above Intermediate II:

  • FRN 305: Topics in the Francophone World (if Focus is Caribbean)           
  • FRN 330: Francophone Cultures of Africa and the Caribbean
  • SPN 301 or 302: Conversation & Composition
  • SPN 303 or 304: Advanced Conversation & Composition
  • SPN 307: Spanish for the Community: Interpreting (Service-Learning)
  • SPN 308: Spanish for the Community: Translation (Service-Learning)
  • SPN 322: Civilization of Latin America
  • SPN 415: The Literature of Conquest, Colonization, and Independence in Spanish America
  • SPN 416: Postcolonial Realities in Modern Spanish-American Literature
  • SPN 417: Contemporary Spanish American Novel
  • SPN 418: Hispanic Literature & Film
  • SPN 419: Border Literature
  • SPN 420: Human Rights Literature in the Americas

At least two electives outside Languages, Literatures, Cultures:

  • ATH 260: Vodou in Haiti and the Diaspora
  • ATH 286: Archeology of Latin America
  • ATH: 380 Health and Healing in Latin America
  • ECN 251: Economic Growth & International Development
  • HST 291/292: Colonial Latin America
  • HST 293/294: Modern Latin America
  • HST 373/374: Environmental History of Latin America
  • HST 375/376: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America & the Caribbean
  • HST 369/370: Jewish Latin America and the Caribbean
  • HST 389: The Inquisition
  • PSC 246: Developing Nations
  • SOC 340: Sociology of Development
  • SUS 350: Environmental and Cultural Conservation in Latin America  

 Study Abroad

Achievement of language fluency is one of the core goals of this area studies program.  Students who pursue the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor are strongly encouraged to study abroad by participating in either long-term (two semesters; one semester) study abroad programs, or short-term (summer) study abroad programs.  Courses taken during semesters or short-term study abroad will need approval by the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program Minor.