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Latin American Studies Minor Courses

The interdisciplinary minor program in Latin American Studies consists of 18 credit hours in LAS-approved courses. As with all minors, at least 6 of these hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. Only 9 of these hours may be in the same discipline as the major.

All students must take three of the four core courses, and three credit electives. Core courses are:

  • History 351 - Latin America to 1824
  • History 352 - Latin American since 1824
  • Spanish 202 - Hispanic Cultural Readings
  • Spanish 320 - Introduction to Hispanic Cultures

Since Spanish 202 is not open to native speakers, the core courses for native speakers are History 351-352 and Spanish 320. Electives may be chosen from among all Latin America focused courses on campus and may occasionally substitute courses from the core.

Courses university-wide with at least 50% Latin America related content, count as LAS courses. We define "Latin America" broadly to include the Caribbean, as well as the Spanish period in what is now the United States. If you are teaching, or taking a course with this much Latin America related content and it is not listed here, please contact

All of the following courses count for LAS credit when their primary focus is Latin America. Additional courses in rubrics such as Anthropology, Economics, Honors, Humanities, Political Science, Sociology, as well as other disciplines may also be considered for LAS credit.


  • 305 – Anthropology of Religion
  • 491G – Research in Cultural Anthropology


  • 415 – International Economics

Foreign Literature in Translation

  • 331, 332, 433G, 434G. Example: Writing and "Race" in Latin America


  • 306 - Geography of Latin America


  • 351, 352 - History of Latin America
  • 361 - Economic History
  • 362 - Latin American Diplomatic History
  • 366 - Latin American Women
  • 371 - Topics in History. Example:  Latin American Religions
  • 440G - Seminar. Example:  Latin American Revolutions


  • 385 - Modern Problems in Humanities


  • 300 - Themes in the Humanities
  • 400G - Humanities Colloquium. Example: Caribbean Literature


  • 310 Minority Groups
  • Spanish
  • 202 - Cultural Readings
  • 320 - Introduction to Hispanic Cultures
  • 441 - Colonial Latin American Literature
  • 442 - Latin American Literature after 1810
  • 451G - Topics in Hispanic Culture
  • 455G - Hispanic Cinema
  • 462G – Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
  • 480G – Topics in Latin American Literature
  • 492G – Topics in Hispanic Literatures
  • 497, 498, 499 – Special Projects

For details on these courses, please see the University catalog.

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).