Minor & Courses

A minor in Latin American Studies (LAST) requires a minimum of 18 semester hours: six hours of required coursework (LAST 3300, plus either a 3000-level Spanish-language course or a course covering Mexican-American and/or Latino-related topics); three 3000- or 4000-level courses in at least two different department or programs; and either an independent study research or internship project, or an additional 4000-level course. 12 of the 18 hours must be in residence, including 6 semester hours at the 3000- or 4000-level. A minimum 2.0 grade point average for all courses applied to the minor is required.

LAST 3300 is an interdisciplinary Distance Ed course providng an introduction to the history, cultures, and languages of Latin America, including its indigenous past, religious traditions, linguistic realities, economic development, gender relations, political dynamics, popular culture, and social forces.

Required Hours

6 hours from the following

  • LAST 3300 Latin America: Hemispheric and Global Perspectives (REQUIRED)
  • MAS 3340 Development of the Mexican American Urban Communities 
  • MAS 3341 Mexican American Experience Through Film
  • MAS 3342 Mexican Immigration
  • MAS 3395 Selected Topics in Mexican American Studies
  • SPAN 3301 Oral Communication in Spanish
  • SPAN 3302 Written Communication in Spanish
  • SPAN 3303 Spanish Phonetics
  • SPAN 3307 Public Speaking in Spanish
  • SPAN 3308 Written Communication for Hispanic Heritage Learners
  • SPAN 3341 The Language of Business and Trade (Sp)
  • SPAN 3342 The Business Environment in the Hispanic World (Sp)
  • SPAN 3345 Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest
  • SPAN 3350 Women in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 3373 Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3374 Spanish-American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3384 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 4311 Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700
  • SPAN 4312 Survey of Spanish Literature since 1700 to Present
  • SPAN 4321 Survey of Spanish-American Literature I (Sp)
  • SPAN 4322 Survey of Spanish-American Literature II (Sp)
  • SPAN 4337 Contemporary Spanish-American Literature (Sp)
  • SPAN 4339 Spanish-American Short Story (Sp)
  • SPAN 4341 Advanced Language of Business and Trade (Sp)
  • SPAN 4355 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 4356 Spanish Grammar for Teachers
  • SPAN 4365 Spanish-English Contrastive Structures
  • SPAN 4366 
  • SPAN 4368 Mexican Literature in the Twentieth Century (Sp)
  • SPAN 4369 Contemporary Spanish Literature

9 hours from the following

  • ANTH 3324 Peoples and Cultures of Central America
  • ANTH 3374 Inca Archaeology
  • ANTH 3377 Archaeology of Central America
  • ANTH 4372 Maya Archaeology
  • ANTH 4373 Archaeology of the Aztecs and Their Neighbors
  • ARTH 3312 Precolumbian Art
  • ARTH 3314 Latin American Art
  • ECON 3351 Economics of Development*
  • ENGL 3322 Magical Realism
  • ENGL 4394 (HIST 4366) Latin American History through the Novel
  • HIST 3369 Colonial Mexico
  • HIST 3371 The U.S. and Latin America
  • HIST 3374 History of Brazil
  • HIST 3375 CIA in the Third World
  • HIST 3376 Caribbean History
  • HIST 3396 Selected Topics in Latin American History
  • HIST 4365 Women in Latin America
  • HIST 4369 Modern Mexico, 1810 to Present
  • HIST 4370 The U.S. and Mexico
  • HIST 4371 Latin American History through Film
  • HIST 4372 African Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • HIST 4375 Religions in Modern Latin America
  • HIST 4376 Revolutionary Cuba
  • HIST 4377 Blacks in Latin America and Caribbean in the 20th Century
  • HIST 4396 Selected Topics in Latin American History
  • INTB 3350 Introduction to International Business*
  • MUSI 3303 Popular Music of the Americas since 1840
  • POLS 3322 Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • POLS 4328 Party Politics in Latin America
  • SOC 3326 Immigration in US Society
  • SPAN 3341 The Language of Business and Trade (Sp)
  • SPAN 3342 The Business Environment in the Hispanic World (Sp)
  • SPAN 3374 Spanish-American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 4321 Survey of Spanish-American Literature I (Sp)
  • SPAN 4322 Survey of Spanish-American Literature II (Sp)
  • SPAN 4337 Contemporary Spanish-American Literature (Sp)
  • SPAN 4339 Spanish-American Short Story (Sp)
  • SPAN 4341 Advanced Language of Business and Trade (Sp)
  • SPAN 4368 Mexican Literature in the Twentieth Century (Sp)
  • SPAN 4388 Images of Women in Spanish-American Film and Literature
  • SPAN 4396 Topics in Spanish Language and Linguistics (Sp)
  • WCL 3366 Latin American and Latino Film Studies
  • WCL 3392 Introduction to Latin American Cultural Studies
  • WCL 4362 Seminar in Latin American and Latino Literatures
  • WCL 4380 Jewish Expulsions and Aftermath in Spain, 1492 and After
  • WCL 4381 Seminar in Latin American and Latino Cultural Studies
  • WCL 4394 Sexuality in Latino Culture

*These courses can be included only if they cover Latin American topics. Students should check with program advisor(s) to be sure all courses meet program requirements

3 hours from the following

  • ANTH 4398
  • ARTH 4398
  • ECON 4398
  • ENGL 4398
  • HIST 4373
  • HIST 4398
  • LAST 4398
  • MAS 4398
  • MCL 4398
  • MUSI 4398
  • POLS 4398
  • SOC 4398
  • SPAN 4398