Latino/a, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Minor

The LLACS (Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies) program offers an interdisciplinary minor. It explores the historical, cultural, social, political, and economic foundations of and linkages between U.S. Latino society, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It draws from the heritages of the Americas that are grounded in predominantly indigenous, African, and European cultures.

For information about the minor, contact Associate Professor Daniel Noemi Voionmaa,

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Note: Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese to course number 3101 or above is strongly encouraged.

Required Courses

LACS 1220Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies4
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Latin American History
Modern Latin America
Introduction to Latin American Culture

Culture and Literature Electives

Complete two of the following:8
Latin American Film
Introduction to Spanish Culture
Introduction to Latin American Culture
Cuban History and Culture through Film
An Introduction to Afro-Cuban Culture
Comparative Analysis of the Lusophone World and Culture
Brazilian Culture through Film
Representing Latin American Cities
New Narratives: Latin America after 1989
Literature, Arts, and Poverty in Latin America
Representing Violence and Human Rights in Latin America
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Caribbean Literature and Culture
Latin American Literature
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

History and Social Sciences Electives

Note: With the approval of the director of Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, up to four study-abroad or Dialogue of Civilization courses may be used toward the minor.

Complete two of the following:8
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Sport, Culture, and Society
Latin American Society and Development
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
Modern Latin America
Topics in Latin American History
Government and Politics in Latin America
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Latino Society

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor