Minor in Latin American Studies

The minor in Latin American Studies (LAS) consists of six courses drawn from the three area groups listed below. At least two of these required courses must be at or above the 400 level. Also, at least one course must be chosen from each of the three groups. The capstone course is optional, although encouraged, for minors in the senior year.


Consult departmental listings for complete course descriptions.

Group 1: Pre-Columbian and Historical Context

  • CAS AA 316 African Diaspora Arts in the Americas (meets with CAS AH 316)
  • CAS AA 385 Atlantic History (meets with CAS HI 350)
  • CAS AA 489 The African Diaspora (meets with CAS HI 589)
  • CAS AH 322 Ancient Aztec and Inca Civilization (meets with CAS AR 322)
  • CAS AH 528 Studies in Mesoamerican Art and Archaeology (meets with CAS AR 528)
  • CAS AR 201 Americas Before Columbus
  • CAS AR 222 Art and Architecture of Ancient America
  • CAS AR 250 Aztecs, Maya, and Their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • CAS AR 251 Ancient Maya Civilization
  • CAS AR 270 New World Rediscovery: Archaeology of the Age of Exploration
  • CAS AR 322 Ancient Aztec and Inca Civilizations (meets with CAS AH 322)
  • CAS AR 353 Urbanism in Ancient Mesoamerica
  • CAS AR 451 Seminar: Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • CAS AR 503 Archeological Field Methods: Survey and Excavation
  • CAS AR 551 Studies in Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • CAS HI 211 The Age of Discoveries
  • CAS HI 350 Atlantic History (meets with CAS AA 385)
  • CAS HI 394 U.S.-Mexican Borders
  • CAS HI 397 Modern Latin America
  • CAS HI 398 Protest, Revolution, and Human Rights in Latin America
  • CAS HI 489 The African Diaspora in the Americas (meets with CAS AA 489)
  • CAS HI 582 Social Movements in Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • CAS HI 584 Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World (meets with CAS AA 514)

Group 2: Literary, Artistic, and Cultural Context

  • CAS LP 310 Introduction to Brazilian Cinema
  • CAS LS 206 Language, Culture, and Society of Mexico
  • CAS LS 452 Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture
  • CAS LS 455 Spanish-American Literature Through the Nineteenth Century
  • CAS LS 457 Twentieth-Century Spanish-American Literature
  • CAS LS 554 Jorge Luis Borges
  • CAS LS 569 Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Literature
  • CAS LS 572 The Spanish-American Colonial Experience: Early Texts, New Interpretations
  • CAS LS 573 Spanish-American Literary Modernism and Modernization
  • CAS LS 576 Topics in Spanish-American Literature
  • CAS LS 577 Topics in Hispanic Thought and Criticism
  • CAS LS 579 Topics in Hispanic Cinemas
  • CAS LS 580 Mexico City in Literature and Film
  • CAS LS 581 The Mexican Revolution Revisited

Group 3: Contemporary Context

  • CAS EC 369 Economic Development of Latin America
  • CAS IR 242 Globalization and World Poverty (meets with CAS SO 242)
  • CAS IR 246 Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics
  • CAS IR 367 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 360)
  • CAS IR 395 North-South Relations (meets with CAS PO 328)
  • CAS IR 411 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Latin America (meets with CAS PO 566
  • CAS IR 425 Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World (meets with CAS SO 420)
  • CAS IR 502 Latin American Political Parties (meets with CAS PO 561)
  • CAS IR 524 The Cold War in Latin America
  • CAS IR 529 Cuba in Transition
  • CAS IR 566 Democracy in Latin America and Its Challenges (meets with CAS PO 580)
  • CAS IR 567 Latin American Politics (meets with CAS PO 564)
  • CAS IR 568 U.S.-Latin American Relations (meets with CAS PO 565)
  • CAS IR 572 The Latin American Military (meets with CAS PO 597)
  • CAS IR 575 Political Economy of Mexico and NAFTA (meets with CAS PO 563)
  • CAS IR 590 Political Economy of Latin America (meets with CAS PO 562)
  • CAS IR 597 Sustainable Development in Latin America (meets with CAS GE 597)
  • CAS PO 581 National Development and International Politics
  • MET UA 590 International Comparative Urbanization and Planning

Capstone Course

  • CAS IR 410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach (topic changes each year)

Note: Courses not listed above may fulfill Latin American Studies Program requirements with prior approval from the program director.