Latin American Studies Minor

The Latin American Studies minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of Latin America from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective.

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing (overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better) and have completed all lower-division minor courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better in those courses.

Required Lower-Division Courses (13 to 15 units): International and Area Studies 1 and two international societies and cultures courses from Anthropology 3, Comparative Literature 1D (or 2DW or 4DW), Economics 1, 2, Ethnomusicology 5, M25, Geography 3, 4, 6, History 2B, 22, Political Science 50 (or 50R), Sociology 1, World Arts and Cultures 20, 33. Students may substitute one area studies preparation course (from Clusters 26A, History 8A, 8AH, 8B, 8C, 97E, International and Area Studies 50, Portuguese 40B, 46, or Spanish 44) toward the international societies and cultures preparation requirement.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 to 25 units): Five area studies group 1 courses as follows: (1) two humanities and arts group 1 courses from Art History C142A, C142B, 144, Comparative Literature 177, English 135, Ethnomusicology M108A, 108B, 161K (must be taken twice to equal one 4-unit course), Film and Television 106C, Portuguese 130A, 130B, 141B, 142A, 142B, Spanish 120, World Arts and Cultures C139, (2) two social sciences group 1 courses from African American Studies M154C, M154D, M178, Anthropology 161, 162, Chicana and Chicano Studies 111, 117, M125, M132, C141, 143, 151, 169, Community Health Sciences 132, Gender Studies 129, M144, M147C, Geography 114, 182A, 182B, History 159, 160A, 160B, 162A, 162B, 162C. Political Science 124C, 154A, 154B, Public Health M106, Sociology 186, 191J, and (3) one additional elective course selected from the group 1 lists above or from the group 2 list below.

The area studies electives listed above (group 1) focus on contemporary issues of that region after 1750. Students may substitute a maximum of one upper-division course with focus on earlier historical aspects of the region or on diasporas with origins related to the region toward the area studies additional elective category (item 3 above). The course may be selected from the following group 2 list: Anthropology 114P, 114Q, Art History CM139A, C139B, C141, Chicana and Chicano Studies M105D, M105E, 109, M119, 142, M159B, 184, M187, Ethnomusicology M116, History 157A, 157B, or Portuguese 143A.

One upper-division language course (advanced level) may be applied to item 3 above by petition to the chair of the program.

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.