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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Liberal Arts


Latin American Studies Minor

The Latin American studies minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America. People of Latin American or Latino heritage comprise the largest minority group in the U.S. Knowledge of Latin America is especially valuable for students who plan to work in education, international organizations, government, social services, and business, as well as for those who plan to undertake graduate study in Latin America. The minor requires five courses representing three disciplines. Latin American history (HIST 531 or 532) is required. A minimum of high-intermediate level proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese must be reached through coursework or other means. Academic study in Latin America is strongly recommended. Elective courses must be approved by the Latin American studies minor coordinator or committee and at least 50 percent of any selected course must focus on Latin America. At least three courses must be taken in residence. All coursework required for the Latin American minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses for the minor may not be taken pass/fail.

The following are a list of courses that count toward the minor. Please note that additional courses may also count. Visit the program website for the most up-to-date information.

ANTH 500B, Peoples and Cultures of the World: South America
ANTH 501, World Prehistory: Meso America
ANTH 697, Mayan Culture
CMN 515, Analysis of the News**
EC 535, Environmental Conservation*
HIST 425, Foreign Cultures**
HIST 531, 532, Modern Latin America
HIST  632, Latin American History
POLT 554, Politics of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean
POLT 559, Politics of South America
POLT 565, United States-Latin American Relations
POLT 651, Selected Topics in Comparative Politics**
SPAN 526, Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 641, Phonetics
SPAN 647, Hispanic Cultural Studies**
SPAN 648, Current Periodicals
SPAN 653, 654, Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought
SPAN 771, Latin American Drama
SPAN 772, Latin American Novel
SPAN 774, Major Latin American Authors
SPAN 797, Latin American Literature
*Since less than 50 percent of this course deals with Latin America, students must talk to the professor at the beginning of the semester and declare their intention to apply it to the Latin American studies minor. All research paper/projects must focus on a Latin American topic.
**When course content is relevant.

For more information on the Latin American studies minor, contact Mary Malone, Latin American studies minor coordinator, Horton Social Science Center, (603) 862-1406, e-mail:

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