Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Requirements

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor, an interdisciplinary program, offers students an opportunity to develop a focus on this multifaceted area of the world.

To earn a 15 credit Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor, students (1) complete four three-credit courses and one capstone seminar, and (2) must demonstrate proficiency in one of the following languages: Spanish, French, or Portuguese. The four courses, from a range of fifteen disciplines listed below, must be exclusively or substantially concerned with Latin American and/or the Caribbean. A Capstone Seminar, selected from LAC 300, 301, 373 and 399, is required of all minors in their junior or senior year.

Language Proficiency

Student may demonstrate language proficiency when they pass SP 211, FR 211, or PG 211.

Language Electives

Students may count two courses of Spanish or French culture and literature listed below to count among their four elective courses. Students may count one Portuguese course with the approval of their advisor.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly advised to apply for a junior semester or year abroad in a country of Latin America or the Caribbean from a wide range of programs. Summer programs are also available. Students are par­ticularly encouraged to study in Nicaragua through our partner, Universidad Centroamericana-Managua, or in Brazil through our Federally funded program at Universidad Estadual do Notre Fluminense. Other approved country programs include Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico..

Students are also encouraged to do an internship in a Latin American or Caribbean country (see LAC 373 description in Course Offerings). Funding assistance for internships and research abroad is available through inquiry with the LACS Program directors.

Note: While the majority of courses taken abroad should count towards a LACSP minor, in some cases, based on content, an abroad course may not be awarded credit towards the LACSP minor.

Students may count courses taken for the Latin American and Caribbean studies minor toward their core course or major program requirements.