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Latin American Studies Minor

The Minor in Latin American Studies provides students with a greater awareness and appreciation of the diverse people and culture of Latin America as well as a greater sensitivity towards the problems and issues facing Latin America today. The program is an area-specific cultural studies alternative to the Spanish Minor which allows students the option of taking up to two courses from other departments.

In the spirit of a liberal arts education, it provides students completing a wide-range of degrees the possibility of pursuing their interest in Latin America, all the while making them more attractive job candidates in an increasingly competitive global market.

The Minor in Latin American Studies requires 18 course credits in Spanish.

A minimum of four courses in Spanish related to Latin America is required, including: SPAN 341: Latin American Civilization and SPAN 341: Latin American Civilization and SPAN 350 or 351 Masterworks in Spanish Literature I or II.

A maximum of two approved courses related to Latin American Studies from other disciplines may be applied toward the Minor. At least four of the courses must be at the 300/400 level. Up to two courses which count towards the major may also be applied to fulfill minor requirements. 

Approved Courses Listed by Department

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

SPAN 210 Writing Spanish
SPAN 220 Speaking Spanish 
SPAN 217-218 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Upper-level courses offered through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Prerequisite for all 300-level courses:

One of the following:
  • Spanish 202 with recommendation of the professor
  • 210 or 220
  • 217 or 218
  • placement with an equivalent proficiency in Spanish
SPAN 300 The Musical Heritage of the Americas
SPAN 303 Hispanic Culture Through Film
SPAN 307 Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPAN 341 Latin American Civilization
SPAN 350, 351 Masterworks in Latin American Literature I and II
Advanced Courses Prerequisite for all 400-level Spanish courses:
  • Spanish 307
  • permission from Chairperson
SPAN 420, 320 Special Topics in Spanish
SPAN 423 Great Hispanic Poets
SPAN 424 The Modern Novel in Spain and Latin America
SPAN 435 Latin American Short Fiction
SPAN 440 Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature
SPAN 460 Independent Study
Department of History
HIST 315 Colonial Latin America
HIST 317 Modern Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries
HIST 376, 476 Topics in World History
Department of Sociology
SOC 304 Globalization and Inequality
SOC 305 Urban Sociology
HIST 328 Societies and Cultures of Latin America
Department of Fine Arts
Art 436 Topics in Art
INTG 325 A Nation of Immigrants
INTG 328 Global Challenges
INTG 391 Special Topics in Integrated Studies

Program Coordinators

David Aliano, Ph.D.
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Phone: (718) 405-3494

Rosita E. Villagómez, Ph.D.
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Phone: (718) 405-3787