The interdisciplinary minor in Latin American studies is designed to acquaint students with the histories, cultures, languages and contemporary realities of Latin America. The minor forms an appropriate background for people who intend to live and work in Latin America as well as those who intend to live and work with Latino people in North America.
The minor consists of six courses (minimum of 18 semester hours), three required and three electives, distributed as described below. No more than three courses may come from a single discipline, and at least two courses must be at the 300 level. Participation in an off-campus semester program or interim course in Latin America is required. Competence in an appropriate foreign language (Spanish, Portuguese, French) is also required and will be demonstrated by the successful completion of a literature or culture class at the 300 level in a foreign language. To be admitted to the minor, students must meet with an advisor to select courses that together comprise a coherent program. The advisor for the program is D. Ten Huisen (Spanish).