Spanish and Portuguese / Undergraduate Study

Mexican Studies Minor

The Mexican Studies minor allows students with an interest in Mexico to augment their major programs with courses that expose them to the history, literature, and culture of Mexico. Given Southern California’s proximity to Mexico, the demographics of Los Angeles, and the shared history of Mexico and the Southwest, the minor is a natural complement to many majors.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and must complete or show proficiency equivalent to two years of college-level Spanish. A petition to declare the minor should be filed with the undergraduate counselor in 5314 Rolfe Hall.

Required Lower-Division Courses (8 to 9 units): Spanish 25 or 27, and one course from History 8A, 8B, 8C, or Spanish 44.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 to 22 units): Three Mexican culture and literature courses selected from Spanish 135 through 175 in consultation with the undergraduate adviser and two courses from Anthropology 114P, Chicana and Chicano Studies M102, M108A, 120, M125, M132, 142, 172, 184, Ethnomusicology M108A, Geography 181, History 157B, 160B.

By petition and after consultation with the undergraduate adviser, one 4-unit 197 or 199 course may be applied toward the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.