College of Arts and Letters2021-2022

Department of Global Languages and Cultures

Latin American Studies, Minor

Learn, study, travel and experience art, music, language, history, and politics of Latin America. Students examine important traditional topics related to culture, ideology, and power in the individual countries of the region and develop their own specific areas of expertise. This minor encourages creative thinking and prioritizes experiential learning as the rich cultural diversity of Latin America is explored. Spanish language facility is encouraged but not required for this plan.


What Can I Do with a Minor In Latin American Studies?

This minor provides students with a broad picture of the Latin American region through course work in anthropology, Chicano/Latino studies, comparative literature, economics, geography, history, humanities, political science, religious studies, Spanish, and women’s studies. It is an excellent complement to a major in one of these areas.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18

Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Latin American Studies is to provide students with a broad picture of the Latin American region through coursework from departments primarily in the College of Arts and Letters and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the LAS minor will demonstrate and/or gain:

  • knowledge of the constituent regions, nations, ethnic communities, cultures, linguistic and religious diversity of Latin America
  • an understanding of the key periods in Latin American history and the major artistic, cultural and political trends of each period and the relationship between them
  • the ability to analyze a variety of texts from Latin American arts, culture, politics and history and to effectively express these in written and oral formats
  • the ability to describe and assess the influence and impact of conquest, colonization, slavery, dependency, civil unrest, political turmoil, foreign intervention and globalization on the political and economic stability and the social and cultural integrity of Latin American nations


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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