The goals of the minor are to foster greater knowledge of Latin America and to explore the cultural contributions of the area to the global community.
Students will complete the minor by taking courses on Latin America in at least two different departments, or for more breadth, by choosing courses in several departments and by fulfilling a language requirement. Spanish and Portuguese are considered the two main languages, but other native languages (e.g., Quechua, Maya, and Aymara) may be considered. Only one three-credit course is allowed from the student’s major department. The specific courses are selected according to the students’ interests from a list of approved courses by the Latin American faculty. A total of six transfer credits (three credits grammar/conversation, three credits content) may be used towards the LAS minor as well as three credits from another minor. Students pursuing a minor in Latin American Studies are encouraged to study abroad.