• Intruction standing in front to students and teaching
  • Students sitting at a table outside and laughing

With a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, you’ll develop an understanding of key political, cultural, economic and sociological influences of Latin America and the Caribbean’s past and present. Analyze and engage with the challenges, historical development, diversity and characteristics of Latin America through the study of politics, economics, literature, film, dance and other cross-disciplinary fields. The Latin American Studies minor complements virtually any major and makes you an asset to organizations increasingly shaped by global cultural influences.

Highlights

  • The Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor can be added to supplement any major
  • Potential crossover from your major may lower the number of units needed to attain this minor
  • Two courses can be completed through our Costa Rica study abroad program
  • Learn from faculty with experience teaching and living in Latin America

Career opportunities

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor seeks to equip students from any racial, ethnic and cultural background with an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural educational experience, boosting your employment potential in any career where knowledge of Latin American/Caribbean language and culture is sought, such as governmental and non-governmental organizations, public policy, law, business, higher education, management and administration, governmental translation and interpretation, health, environment fields, and nursing.

Course listing

General Education Requirements (12 Units)*

CodeTitleUnits
SPAN 100Elementary Spanish I4
SPAN 105Elementary Spanish II4
SPAN 200Intermediate Spanish4

Minor Courses (15 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
LACS 300Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies3

Select two courses with different prefixes

CodeTitleUnits
ICS 320Introduction to Holistic Mission in Costa Rica3
LACS 302Mexican Folklorico Dance3
LIT 364Hispanic Literature of the United States3
PS 430US Foreign Policy: History and Contemporary Issues4
SOC 338People and Cultures of Costa Rica3
SOC 345Contemporary Issues in Immigration3
SOC 481International Internship3
SPAN 374Education Across Borders: Mexico and the United States3

Select two courses with different prefixes

CodeTitleUnits
COM 380Film Studies3
HIST 455Historical Peacemakers4
LA 180Paths to Teaching3
PHIL 430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3
REL 452
or SOC 364
World Christianity
or World Christianity
3
SOC 350
or SW 320
Marriage and Family
or Marriage and Family
3
SOC 410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

*Or demonstrated proficiency based on CLEP exam or FPU Spanish Placement Test. Students are recommended to take other GENED courses with LACS content: BLIT 330 Bib Lit: Sermon on the Mount, GEOG 220 Cultural Geography, HIST 140H Modern Civilizations Honors, PHIL 100 

Program director

Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.
Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, English