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  • 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 Minor

    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. Exam credits (AICE/AP/CLEP/IB) do not count toward the minor. 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

    Courses Credits
    Seminar: LAS 4935 Latin America Area Seminar 3
    Approved courses with 100% Latin American or Caribbean content ♦♦ 9
    Approved courses with 25% Latin American or Caribbean content 3
    High-Intermediate Language Proficiency
    Spanish SPN 2240, Portuguese POR 3242, Haitian Creole HAI 2200 or 3000-level Language courses in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole ♦♦♦ or
    Proficiency through written or oral examination ♦♦♦♦

    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.

    ♦♦♦ 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 (SAT II for Spanish) or oral examination for speakers of Portuguese or Haitian Créole.

    Courses approved for 100% or 25% Latin American or Caribbean content are listed in the Latin American Studies course guide.

    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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minors: latin-american-studies