Latin American Studies Minor

Offered by the Latin American Studies Council
Council: Wilson Garcia, Barbara D. Lopez-Mayhew, Sheryl L. Shirley

The Latin American Studies Minor is an area studies program designed to encourage and guide students in pursuit of a deeper knowledge of the Latin American peoples and countries with whom we share the American Continents. The program encourages students to study Latin America because of its intrinsic interest as a significant world region - its cultures, history, literature, politics - and also because of its importance to the United States. Immigration, free-trade agreements, bilingualism, drug traffic, and other issues arising from our interactions with Latin America occupy national news. This minor offers students a formal path to understanding the Latin American cultures and comprehending important international issues. A minimum of six upper-level credits must be completed.

Course Title Credits
Spanish Language
Two semester-long courses in Spanish 16
Content Courses
Select four of the following:12
Ancient Mexico: Mayas, Aztecs, and Olmecs
Hispanic Culture in the United States (DICO,INCO)
Latin American Politics (GACO,INCO)
Latin American Literature in English Translation (SSDI)
The Latino Boom: A Survey of US-Latino Literature (SSDI)
Spanish American Culture and Civilization
Ibero-American Women in Literature, Art, and Film
Up to two three-credit courses with the prior approval of the Chair of the Latin American Studies Council
Total Credits18

Possible electives for the minor include courses with Latin American specific content, available through study abroad, internships, independent study, Plymouth State field school courses, and Plymouth experimental course offerings. Spanish language and Spanish American literature and culture classes are also offered through Plymouth State University’s study abroad program provided through the Global Engagement Office. Please see the Latin American Studies Council members for information on study abroad.