Latin American Studies Minor
The minor in Latin American studies gives students a broad view of Latin American cultures and their relations to the United States and the rest of the world.
A total of five courses related to Latin American people, their languages, and their cultures are required for the minor.
- Two courses must be taken from different areas, such as anthropology, business, economics, history, international relations, political science, Portuguese, religion, or Spanish.
- The division of the minor (humanities or social sciences) will be that in which the student takes three courses.
- Up to two study-abroad courses may count toward the minor with the approval of the student's advisor for the minor.
- In order for a course to qualify for the minor, roughly 50 percent of the course must feature content relating to Latin America in the terms described in this document.
- A student may petition for a specific course to be counted toward the minor, even if it has not been previously identified as a Latin American studies course. The student must turn in a syllabus for the course to be considered. The program coordinator will determine whether the course will count as listed or if specific Latin America-related research is required.
- The minor must be approved by the designated program coordinator.
Prerequisite: Students must complete SPAN 151 and 152, SP 153, or PORT 151 and 152. Students who are placed in SPAN 200 may use that course as their language prerequisite.
See the Latin American Studies course information PDF for a list of courses that will automatically count toward the five courses needed to satisfy the minor as well as other courses that can be approved for minor with a research focus in the region.
Molly C. Ball, lecturer of history (social science, economic history)
Rachel O'Donnell, assistant professor in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program (social science/humanities, Central American feminism)
Ryan Prendergast, associate professor of Spanish (humanities, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish literature)
Pablo Sierra Silva, associate professor of history (social science, colonial history)
Vialcary Crisóstomo Tejada, assistant professor of Spanish (humanities, Caribbean literature and decolonial feminism)
Maya Abtahian, assistant professor of linguistics
Raquel Alfaro, assistant professor of Spanish
Molly C. Ball, lecturer of history
Stefanie Bautista, visiting assistant professor of religion and classics; archaeology, technology, and historical structures
Andrew Cashner, assistant professor of music (AS&E)
Gaston Chaumont, assistant professor of economics
Jack Downey, associate professor of Catholic studies (religion and classics)
Joseph Inikori, professor of history and African and African-American studies
Rubén Flores, associate professor of history
Anderson Frey, assistant professor of political science
Gretchen Helmke, professor of political science
Beth Jörgensen, professor emeritus of Spanish
Rachel O'Donnell, assistant professor in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program
Ryan Prendergast, associate professor of Spanish
Daniel Reichman, associate professor of anthropology
Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández, associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature; film and media studies
Luisa-Maria Rojas-Rimachi, associate professor of instruction in Spanish and language education
Todd Russell, adjunct instructor in the Program of Dance and Movement
Claudia Schaefer, professor of Spanish and comparative literature; film and media studies
Pablo Sierra Silva, associate professor of history
Teresa Valdez, head of the Portuguese program, director of the Language Center