Latin American Studies Minor at WKU
Minor in Latin American Studies
The Latin American Studies minor requires a minimum of 21 credit hours.
All students must take Introduction to Latin America, LAS 200 (offered as GEOG 200, SPAN 200, HIST 200, or PS200) as the foundation course before enrolling in advanced classes. LAS 200 is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course offered every semester, with contributing faculty from Geography, History, and Political Science. It offers a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to Latin America, emphasizing its regions, peoples, and cultures.
At least three departments (GEOG, PS, SPAN, ANTH/FLK, and HIST) must be represented among the remaining 18 hours of course work. Students must also complete one year of university Spanish (SPAN 101 and 102) or Portuguese or the equivalent for the minor.
Approved courses for the Latin American Studies minor are: ANTH/FLK 340, ANTH/FLK 342; GEOG 454, 462; PS 362; HIST 364, 365, 464, 465; SPAN 201, 202, 370, 371, 375, 376, 377, 470, 471, 478, and 490. (See list below.) Study abroad courses with a Latin American focus can also be applied to the LAS Minor, and other appropriate courses can be substituted with the approval of the program advisor. For example, SPAN 306 (Experiencing Spanish Abroad) will usually qualify, and SPAN 455 (Special Topics) will often be accepted as long as it is relevant to Latin America.
|Courses for the Latin American Studies Minor|
|ANTH/FLK 340||Peoples and Cultures of Latin America|
|ANTH/FLK 342||Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean|
|GEOG 454||Geography of Middle America|
|GEOG 462||Geography of South America|
|PS 362||Government and Politics of Latin America|
|HIST 364||Colonial Latin America|
|HIST 365||Modern Latin America|
|HIST 464||Latin America and the United States|
|HIST 465||Modern Mexico|
|SPAN 201||Intermediate Spanish I|
|SPAN 202||Intermediate Spanish II|
|SPAN 370||Spanish Conversation|
|SPAN 371||Spanish Composition and Grammar|
|SPAN 372||Latin American Civilization and Culture|
|SPAN 376||Literature and Culture of Latin America|
|SPAN 470||Advanced Oral Spanish|
|SPAN 471||Advanced Spanish Composition|
|SPAN 478||Twentieth-Century Latin America|
|SPAN 490||Hispanic Cinema|