Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to focus their studies on the literature, culture, arts, history, politics, and language of Latin America and the Caribbean, which includes Spanish-speaking, Francophone, and Lusophone countries of the Americas and Latino/a communities within the United States. The study of Latin America and the Caribbean not only offers insights into this region’s many cultures but also deepens knowledge of U.S., European, and African history, culture, politics and international relations. In addition to taking courses offered at Ursinus, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in Latin America.
Requirements for Minors
A minor concentration in Latin American Studies consists of 20 credits. Required of all minors are LAS-200 and 332. Twelve additional credits may come from the following courses: ANTH-221; HIST-307; LAS-215; SPAN- 203, 317, 251, 252; POL-343, 344, 345, 348. In addition, credit will be accepted from the following courses if the topic is on Latino/a and/or Latin American topics: SPAN-340, FS-250, POL-299, HIST-150, 250, or 350. Other relevant topics courses in other departments and in study abroad programs will also count towards the minor with the approval of the coordinator. The minimum language requirement for minors is FREN- or SPAN-201, 202 or the equivalent. These courses do not count towards the course requirements for the minor. Students may also fulfill the language requirement with intermediate proficiency in other regional languages with the approval of the program coordinator.