Latin American and Latino Studies Minor (Non-Teaching)

A Latin American and Latino Studies minor (LALS) is available to provide students interested in Latin American and Latino history and language with valuable interdisciplinary skills. Because this is an interdisciplinary program, students will enroll in courses in History and Philosophy and Modern Languages. Courses in Sociology and Anthropology, as well as other departments with relevant course content, will also be allowed for credit subject to approval by the program coordinator. This minor will complement majors for students pursuing graduate school and professional programs in agriculture, engineering, history, literature, political science, sociology, international business, and more. The minor will also strengthen the skill-sets of students who wish to become more competitive in the Spanish speaking job market, either abroad or in the United States. A minor in LALS will prepare students for the close relationship developing between Latin American and the United States in trade agreements, the growing immigrant laborers, and the expansion of Latin American and Latino communities in the United States with significant political and economic power.

The equivalent of four semesters of Spanish language is required. Students with prior experience in Spanish language may have some requirements waived. Students interested in the LALS minor should consult with the Modern Language Department immediately upon their decision to fulfill the minor so that they can ascertain the language requirements that are appropriate for them.

Required Courses
SPNS 101Elementary Spanish I3
SPNS 102DElementary Spanish II3
SPNS 201DIntermediate Spanish I3
SPNS 202DIntermediate Spanish II3
HSTR 130DLatin American History4
Elective Courses
Choose four from the following for a minimum of 9 credits in junior and senior level courses (300 and 400 level) :12
History of Mexico
Latin Amer Social History
Race in Latin America
Gender in Latin America
Modern Cultures Latin America
Contemp Latin Amer Literature
Travel in Latin Am Lit & Film
Latin American Text and Cinema
Latin America: Culture and Revolution
Total Credits28

Not all elective courses may be taken in the same department.