Latin American Studies


The Latin American Studies minor is an excellent option for those who wish to concentrate their work in a specific discipline yet maintain a Latin American focus in their coursework. Students can take courses with Latin American content in the fields of anthropology, economics, politics, geography, history, mass communication, music, women’s studies, and more. Students who pursue the minor will enhance their career prospects through their knowledge of Latin American languages and cultures.

About this Program

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The Center for Latin American Studies advances knowledge about Latin America and the Caribbean and its peoples throughout the Hemisphere, enhances the scope and quality of research, teaching, and outreach in Latin American, Caribbeans and Latinx Studies.


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Only courses at the 2000 level or above will count toward the minor. In addition, students must earn nine credits at the 3000 level or above, in addition to the Seminar Requirement. Overseas study credits can count as core or elective courses if approved by the undergraduate advisor in the Center for Latin American Studies.

Of the total credits, no more than three may be individual work. Students must complete a minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.

Required Courses

LAS 4935Latin American Area Seminar 13
Approved courses with 100% Latin American or Caribbean content 2,39
Approved course with 25% Latin American or Caribbean content 33
High-Intermediate Language Proficiency
Select one:
Intensive Communication Skills
Oral and Written Practice
Intermediate Haitian Creole 1
Language courses in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole (3000 level) 4
Proficiency through written or oral examination 5
Total Credits15

LAS 6938 may be substituted with the approvals of the instructor and undergraduate coordinator. 


A student may take LAS 4935 up to three times if the subject matter varies. The first Seminar will count toward the Seminar requirement, the second and third may count toward the Approved courses with 100% Latin American or Caribbean content.


As listed in the Latin American Studies course guide.


Language courses above the 3000 level can count toward the minor if they are not used to meet the language requirement.


Students with prior knowledge of a Latin American or Caribbean language must demonstrate proficiency through a written placement test (an Advanced Placement score of 4-5, with approval, or a SAT II score of 700, for Spanish only) or individual oral examination to be conducted by language faculty.

Candidates for the minor are encouraged to spend a summer, a semester or an academic year studying in a Latin American country. UF sponsors study abroad programs in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. For more information, contact Study Abroad Services in the UF International Center.
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