Latin American Studies - Supplementary Major

This program consists of 24 credits drawn from the lists below of which 18 credits must be numbered 300 or above. In addition, students must satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences Second Language Requirement.


There are two options based on the section chosen by the student:

Option 1

Concentration in Latin American Language, Culture and Literature (Spanish or Portuguese):

  • 12 credits from Section 1
  • 12 credits from Section 2, (Note: No more than 6 credits may be taken in a single department)

Option 2

Concentration in one major (e.g., history, government, economics, health science, anthropology, sociology) included in Latin American Social Sciences and Art:

  • 12 credits in the chosen area of Section 2 (if the major is government, one of these courses may be ECON 325V Economic Development of Latin America)
  • 6 credits from another area (or areas) of Section 2
  • 6 credits from Section 1

Both options require that the student take at least two Spanish or Portuguese courses above 300-level.

Section 1: Latin American Language, Culture and Literature

Only 3 credits will count.

Spanish/Portuguese Language
Select one from the following:3
Advanced Conversation3
Spanish in the Community3
Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions3
SPAN 305Topics in Hispanic Civilization3
SPAN 306Special Topics3
SPAN 363US-Hispanic Culture3
SPAN 450Mexican Cultures3
SPAN 491History of the Spanish Language3
SPAN 388Contemporary Hispanic Literature3

Section 2: Latin American Social Sciences and Art

Course List
ANTH 306VPeoples of Latin America3
ANTH 307Anthropology of Mexico and Guatemala3
ANTH 312The Ancient Maya3
ANTH 313Ancient Mexico3
ART 320Art and Architecture in Pre-Columbian Meso-America3
ART 321Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture of the Andes3
ECON 324VDeveloping Nations3
ECON 325VEconomic Development of Latin America3
GEOG 328VGeography of Latin America3
GOVT 371Latin American Politics3
GOVT 378U.S.-Mexico Border Politics3
GOVT 379Mexican Politics3
HIST 311VColonial Latin America3
HIST 312VModern Latin America3
HIST 331Rebels, Guerrillas, and Terrorists in Modern Latin America3
HIST 353Colonial Mexico3
HIST 354Modern Mexico3
HIST 356The Mexican Revolution3
HIST 387Spain3
HIST 453Cuba: Colony to Castro3
HIST 459Peru: From Incas to Inca Kola3
PHLS 462Hispanic Health Issues3
PHLS 465International Health Problems3
PHLS 469U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues3
PORT 453Independent Luso-Brazilian Studies1-3
SOC 361VSocial Issues in the Rural Americas3
SOC 479Sociology Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border3
SPAN 364VCulture and Civilization of Mexico3
SPAN 365VCulture and Civilization of Spanish America3
SPAN 410Mitos y Leyendas Indigenas3
SPAN 412Spanish-American Poetry3
SPAN 415Spanish-American Women Writers3
SPAN 416Nineteenth Century Spanish-American Literature3
SPAN 418Spanish-American Short Story3
SPAN 419Spanish American Drama3
SPAN 421Culture and Literature of New Mexico3
SPAN 422Literature of the Mexican Revolution3
SPAN 424Post-Modern Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 425Conquest, Colonial and Indigenous Literatures3
SPAN 426Spanish-American Novel3
SPAN 447Hispanic Film3

In both sections, independent studies, honors or special topics courses may be chosen with the approval of the Supplementary Major in Latin American Studies advisor, the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, and the College of Arts and Sciences. As departments add new courses they may be included in the program.