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Majors & Minors

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. 

Requirements

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.

Program Coordinator

Molly C. Ball, lecturer of history (social science, economic history), mollycball@rochester.edu

Curriculum Committee

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)

Affiliated Faculty

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

Todd Russell, adjunct instructor in the Program of Dance and Movement

Joan Saab, professor of art history and Visual and Cultural Studies

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