Latin American Studies (Minor)

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The minor in Latin American studies is designed for students who have an interest in becoming proficient in Spanish and who wish to carry out work and research in areas not related exclusively to literature. 

The minor program in Latin American studies offers a learner-driven model in which the student's specific interests are deepened through the study of Latin America. It is interdisciplinary and allows for flexibility in course selection while also instilling a breadth and depth of knowledge about issues surrounding Latin America.

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Latin American Studies (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in Latin American studies consists of 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be taken from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies and a minimum of 12 credit hours must be completed at ASU. Relevant course substitutions from other ASU colleges and schools may be permitted with the approval of the Latin American Studies faculty lead and if the course focuses solely upon Latin American Studies. All courses used to satisfy the requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours
Upper-Division Latin American Studies Electives -- 12 credit hours
Notes: NEW 300 International Cities can be used as an Upper-Division Latin American Studies Elective for Latin American cities only.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The Latin American studies minor is 18 credit hours and consists of six lower-division credit hours and 12 upper-division credit hours (300 to 400 level).

Students must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency by meeting the prerequisites of the upper-division Latin American emphasis courses, one of which must be taught in Spanish, or by taking Spanish language classes up through SPA 325.

Students must complete a minimum of six upper-division credit hours offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be completed at ASU.

Required Minor Core: (9 credit hours)
LAS 205 Deep Roots: Latin America (3)
LAS 206 Locating Latin America: Interdisciplinary Methods (3)
LAS 330 From the Inside: The Latin American Journey (3)

Latin American Studies Electives: (9 credit hours)

Choose three upper-division courses from any Latin American Emphasis track below, one of which must be taught in Spanish (courses with a SPA prefix are taught in Spanish).

TRACK 1: ARTS
IAP 305 20th and 21st Century Art, Performance and Media, L or HU (3)
IAP 354 Visual Representation (3)
IAP 361 Digital Editing and Media Literacy, CS (3)
IAP 473 Aesthetic Research, L or HU (3)
IAP 474 Art and Film, L or HU (3)
LAS 471 Treaties and Cultural Production in Spain and the Americas (3)
LAS 480 Current Trends in Theatre and New Media in Latin America and Spain (3)
MUS 354 Popular Music: Latin American Music, HU (3)
SPA 434 Drama of the Golden Age (3)
SPA 487 Mexican American Drama (3)

TRACK 2: NARRATIVE (Literature and Film)
LAS 340 Latin American Women Writers (3)
LAS 351 Cityscapes: Urban Mexican Literature and Culture (3)
LAS 355 Contemporary Mexican Cinema: Changing Cartographies (3)
LAS 481 Dictatorships and Dirty Wars: Latin American Cinema from Resistance to Reconciliation (3)
SPA 325 Introduction to Hispanic Literature, HU (3)*
SPA 394 Special Topics (3)
SPA 426 Spanish Literature, HU (3)
SPA 427 Spanish American Literature, L or HU (3)
SPA 429 Mexican Literature, L or HU, G (3)
SPA 431 Prose of Golden Age, L or HU (3)
SPA 435 Cervantes-Don Quixote, L or HU, H (3)
SPA 454 19th Century Spanish American Narrative (3)
SPA 456 20th Century Spanish American Fiction (3)
SPA 485 Mexican American Short Story, L, C (3)
SPA 486 Mexican American Novel (3)

*SPA 325 is not available as an elective to LAS majors.

TRACK 3: HISTORY/POLITICAL SCIENCE
AMS 428 Chicano Cultures in Southwest, SB (3)
ASB 342/SBS 342/SOC 342 Mexico-US Borderlands, SB, C (3)
HST 305 Studies in Latin American History, SB, H (3)
HST 375 Colonial Latin America, SB, H (3)
HST 376 Modern Latin America, SB, H (3)
HST 404 Conquest and Encounters in Colonial Latin America, L, G (3)
HST 441 Latin America and the World Economy L, G, H (3)
LAS 350 The Construction of a Nation: Chile in the 20th/21st Century (3)
LAS 481 Dictatorships and Dirty Wars: Latin American Cinema from Resistance to Reconciliation (3)
POS 354 Central American Studies, SB, G (3)
POS 454 Mexico, SB, G (3)
POS 456 Latin American Cities, SB, G (3)
POS 464 Border Cities: Action Research on Globalization, SB, G (3)

TRACK 4: EDUCATION/LINGUISTICS
SPA 400 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
SPA 413 Advanced Spanish Grammar, G (3)
SPA 417 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (3)
SPA 418 Spanish Syntax (3)
SPA 420 Applied Spanish Linguistics, L (3)
SPA 421 Spanish in the Southwest, C (3)
SPA 422 Spanish Lexicology and Lexicography (3)

TRACK 5: SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY
AMS 330 American Lives, HU, C (3)
ASB 342/SBS 342/SOC 342 Mexico-U.S. Borderlands, SB, C (3)
SPA 464 Jaiton Works in Chicano/a Literature (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in Latin American studies; BA in social and cultural analysis (Latin American studies)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in Latin American studies is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

This minor encourages cross-cultural exploration and students who pursue it are prepared for a global-minded career path, in fields as diverse as business and finance, arts and arts administration, education, nonprofit organizations, health care, the sciences, psychology, social sciences, sports, journalism, diplomacy, law enforcement and forensic science, ministry, technology, architecture and library science.

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