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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.


  • 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.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

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Transfer to FPU

Course listing

General Education Requirements (12 Units)*

*Or demonstrated proficiency based on CLEP exam or FPU Spanish Placement Test.

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

Minor Courses (15 Units)

LACS 300
HIST 410
Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
or Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture
or 3

Select Two Latin American Studies Courses with Different Prefixes

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 Interdisciplinary Courses with Different Prefixes

COM 380Film Studies3
HIST 455Historical Peacemakers4
LA 180Paths to Teaching3
LACS 304Advanced Mexican Folklorico Dance3
PHIL 430Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature3
REL 452
SOC 364
World Christianity
or World Christianity
or 3
SOC 350
SW 320
Marriage and Family
or Marriage and Family
or 3
SOC 410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
SPAN 370Issues in Spanish Language Teaching and Learning3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Program director

Photo of Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.

Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, English