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Latin American and Latino Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies Minor

This interdisciplinary minor provides students with a broad and systematic exploration of the peoples, languages, cultures, and sociopolitical dynamics of Latin America as an important world region, with added emphasis on the important increasing ties that link the region to North America and beyond. With nearly 600 million people and emerging powers such as Brazil and Mexico, Latin America is a vitally important world region. To foster appreciation of Latin America’s historical diversity and growing influence, the LALS minor blends traditional classroom study with experiential and community-based learning, including study abroad opportunities. With the broad foundational study in the region’s cultures, arts, and politics, students in the LALS minor will learn how to critically evaluate and participate in the evolving relationships between the United States and Latin America.

Foundational Requirement:

LALS 100 Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies  

Language Requirement:

Students must demonstrate a proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese with successful completion of one 300-level Spanish (SPN) or Portuguese (POR) course, or placement by examination.

Select Three (3) Electives from the following courses

*Note: Students must meet all the prerequisites for the courses listed below unless waived by the instructor.

AAH 330 Topics in Art & Architectural History  
ARCH 573 Modernism in Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective  
ARCH 413 Architecture Studio: Mexico City  
ANTH 351 Cultures of Latin America  
ENG 320 Studies in Global Literatures  
ENG 360 Ethnic American Literature: Latino American  
HIST 283 Survey of Latin American History  
HIST 318 Studies in Latin American National History  
HIST 383 Critical Periods & Topics in Latin American History  
LALS 299 Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies  
LALS 430 Advanced Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies  
MUSIC 311 Music of Latin America & the Caribbean  
POLSC 308 Race and Ethnicity in American Politics  
POLSC 328 Politics of Latin America  
POLSC 330 Revolution and Social Change  
POLSC 428 Mexican Politics  
PSYCH 295 Introduction to Cross Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 395 Themes in Cultural Psychology  
SOC 260 Sociological Perspectives on Race  
SOC 320 Comparative Immigration  
SPN 339 Spanish Literary Tradition II  

Capstone Requirement:

LALS 460 Capstone Experience in LALS