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Minor in Latino/a Studies

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Requirements for the Minor

The minor in Latino/a studies consists of 6 courses (18 credit hours). At least 5 courses must be at the junior/senior level. Courses must be drawn from at least three different departments. Language courses do not count toward the minor, although knowledge of Spanish may be useful because some courses are conducted in Spanish. (These are designated below.) Courses not on this list may count with approval of the Latino/a studies adviser.

Courses must be drawn from the following 2 categories:

I. Core courses. At least 4 courses (12 hours) from the list below:

  • AMS 260/SOC 260 America’s Latino/Latinas
  • AMS 520 Topics in Latino Studies: _____ (may be repeated for credit as the topic changes)
  • ANTH 562/LAA 302/LAA 602 Mexamerica
  • ENGL 337 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • ENGL 573 U.S. Latino/a Literature: _____ (may be repeated for credit as the topic changes)
  • POLS 619 Topics in American Politics: Latino Politics
  • SPAN 464 Reading and Analysis of U.S. Latino/a Literatures (conducted in Spanish)
  • SW 455 Topics in Social Welfare: Social Work with Latinos

The following topics courses also may count toward the minor, if the particular topic offered in a given semester focuses on U.S. Latino/as:

  • AMS 344 Case Study in American Studies: _____
  • AMS 536 Ethnicity in the United States: _____
  • AMS 494 Topics in: _____
  • AMS 551 Research Project in American Studies/AMS 553 Honors in American Studies (if the research focuses on U.S. Latino/as)
  • SPAN 440 Hispanic Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 540 Colloquium on Hispanic Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SW 555 Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice: Culturally Competent Social Work

A course with a service-learning component, such as one of the following, may also count in this category, with permission of the Latino/a studies adviser, if the service learning component is in a Latino/a community in the U.S.

  • AMS 552 Public Service in American Studies
  • SPAN 330 Service Learning Internship Spanish I (variable credit)
  • SOC 490 Internship in Sociology

Other courses with at least 75 percent U.S. Latino/a content may count toward the minor with permission of the Latino/a studies adviser.

II. At most 2 related electives

  • AMS 110/AMS 112/SOC 110/SOC 112 American Identities
  • AMS 576/GEOG 576 Cultural Geography of the United States
  • ANTH 563 Cultural Diversity in the United States
  • ENGL 340 Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature: _____ (if the topic includes U.S. Latino/a literature)
  • GEOG 591 Geography of Latin America
  • GEOG 592 Middle American Geography
  • GEOG 593 Central American Peoples and Lands
  • HIST 571 The Spanish Borderlands in North America
  • HIST 572 The United States Borderlands: People, Place, Past
  • HIST 573 Latin America in the 19th Century
  • HIST 574 Slavery in the New World
  • HIST 575 History of Mexico
  • HIST 576 History of Central America
  • HIST 577 History of the Caribbean
  • HIST 578 Social History of South America
  • HIST 580 Economic History of Latin America
  • LAA 100 Latin American Culture and Society
  • LAA 302/LAA 602 Topics in Latin American Studies: Sports and Politics in Latin America
  • LAA 302/LAA 602 Topics in Latin American Studies: The Latin American Left
  • LAA 332 or LAA 333 Language and Society in Latin America
  • LAA 335 The Politics of Language in Latin America
  • POLS 651/WGSS 651 Women and Politics in Latin America
  • POLS 658 Theories of Politics in Latin America
  • POLS 659 Political Dynamics of Latin America
  • POLS 670 United States Foreign Policy
  • POLS 682 U.S. Policy—Post-Colonial World
  • SOC 332/AMS 332 The United States in Global Context
  • SOC 522/AMS 522 American Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 534/AMS 534 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 630 Latin American Society
  • SPAN 447 Latin American Cultures: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 460 Colonial Spanish-American Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 461 Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 462 Twentieth-Century Spanish-American Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 463 National Traditions in Spanish America: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 471 Studies in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 475 Studies in Latin-American Literature and Culture: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
  • SPAN 560 Colloquium on Latin American Film
  • SPAN 566 Latin American Folklore
  • SW 560 Topics in Social Welfare: International Social Work (when in Costa Rica)
  • SW 560 Topics in Social Welfare: Intercultural Community Social Service (when in Costa Rica)

Other appropriate courses on Latin America, its cultures, countries, geography, history, politics, economy, and/or peoples, or other relevant courses on the U.S., may also count toward this requirement, with the approval of the Latino/a studies adviser.

Core courses from a humanities perspective:

Relevant special topics courses:

  • AMS 696 Studies in: Gay American History
  • ENGL 590 Studies in: Queering English Language Studies
  • FREN 440 Studies in French Culture: _____

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