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Language Programs: Latin American Studies

Spanish majors and minors can take a supporting minor in Latin American Area Studies. Besides studies in language, literature, and culture, courses are available in the geography, history, government, and economics of the Americas.

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, 471, 477, 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.

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

For more information, contact melissa.stewart@wku.edu.




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 Last Modified 6/28/22