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Minor in Latin American Studies

Enhance your career prospects through an in-depth knowledge of Latin American languages and culture. A minor in Latin American studies is an excellent option for students who wish to concentrate their work in a specific discipline yet maintain a Latin American focus in their coursework.

The minor in Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides a comprehensive understanding of Latin America through the fields of business, economics, foreign language, history, political science, and sociology.

Students who graduate with a minor in Latin American studies complete 3 required courses and 5 electives for a minimum of 24 credit hours.

Required Courses (3)

  • SPA 201-202 or Intermediate Spanish I-II OR
  • SPA 203-204 Intensive Cultural Spanish III-IV
  • POL 365 Latin American Politics

Electives (Choose 5)

  • HIS 301 Modern Latin America
  • ENG 246 Introduction to Hispanic-American Literature
  • SPA 313 Survey of Spanish-American Literature II
  • LAN 305 The Latin American Heritage
  • POL 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • POL 161 Introduction to International Relations
  • SOC 256 Cultural Anthropology
  • POL 495 Study abroad experience in Latin America


Sara Boccardo '14

The Latin American Studies Minor was a vehicle through which I pursued my interest in foreign nations and their corresponding economic and political systems. The program’s interdisciplinary nature provided me with a multidimensional understanding of the rich and vibrant fabric of Latin America.

— Sara Boccardo '14

Dr. Robert Harding

Students are introduced to the complex realities that exist throughout the region. Political, economic, social, cultural, linguistic, and humanitarian topics are examined to better understand this diverse part of the world.

— Dr. Robert Harding

Career Options

  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Linguistics
  • Foreign service
  • Immigration
  • Customs

Fast Facts

  • Number of Faculty: 8
  • Emphasis within the major: Language, History, Political Science
  • Student Clubs and Honor Societies: Spanish Club, Political Science and International Studies Club
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