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Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies

This minor is constructed around the premise that a broader understanding of the issues facing Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latino/a population today is crucial in the global community.  The minor is also constructed around the second premise that nations do not exist in isolation.  Interaction and interdependence shaped nations in the Western hemisphere in the past, do so in the present, and will continue to do so in the future.

To obtain this optional minor students will completed at least 18 credit hours of coursework.  In addition to six credit hours of required coursework, students much complete at least 12 credit hours of elective courses from at least two disciplines.  A student will not be able to take more than six elective credits in a single discipline.  Some courses require completion of prerequisites.  The advisor will serve in the role of department chair to certify that a student has successfully met the requirements for this optional minor.

The requirements are as follows: Spanish fluency at the intermediate level; basic understanding of the history of the relationships between nations in the American hemisphere; knowledge of cultural and ethnic relationships, economics, literature, and environmental issues pertinent to Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a peoples in the Americas.  Required courses include: SP201/202 Intermediate Spanish I / II; and one of the following:  HI 100, HI 101, HI 102, AN 112.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kim Morse (History department)
(785) 670-2059


Dr. Miguel González-Abellás (Modern Languages department)
(785) 670-2015