Courses for the Minor in Latin American Studies

IUP students and faculty in Honduras

IUP students Kayla Weinfurther, Gretchen McCormick, and T.J. Firneno explore the ruins of Copan, Honduras, during a break from presenting their research at the 2014 Congress of Mesoamerican Biology and Conservation. This trip was sponsored by the IUP Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Department of Biology, and a grant from the Senate Faculty Research Committee.

Courses That Can Be Applied to the Minor

Latin American Studies minors should note that the only required course for the minor, LAS 480: Latin American Studies Seminar, is only offered once every two years. Students can count no more than 9 credits from the same department or 6 credits within their major.

Nine credits must come from Category A: Exclusively Latin America-Focused courses. Other courses may come from either Category A or Category B: Substantially Latin America-Focused. Some additional classes that are regularly taught that count toward the Latin American Studies minor include:

  • ANTH/SOC 274: Cultural Area Studies: Latin America
  • ANTH/LAS 370: Latinos and Diasporas
  • ANTH 460: Ethnographic Field School
  • ECON 339: Economic Development
  • ECON 345: International Trade
  • ECON 346: International Finance
  • ECON 350: Comparative Economic Systems
  • ENGL 344: Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL/FNLG 396: Literature of Emerging Nations
  • GEOG 252: Geography of Latin America
  • GEOG 484: Field Studies in Geography and Social Studies
  • HIST 208: Survey of Latin American History
  • HIST 350: History of Latin America: Colonial Period
  • HIST 351: History of Latin America: National Period
  • LAS 281/481: Special Topics in Latin American Studies
  • LAS 350: The Mayas: Culture, Literature, and Numbers
  • LAS 480: Latin American Studies Seminar
  • LAS 482: Independent Study
  • LAS 493: Internship
  • MGMT/MKTG 350: International Business
  • MGMT 351: International Management
  • MGMT 452: Comparative Management
  • MGMT 454: International Competitiveness
  • MKTG 430: International Marketing
  • PLSC 285: Comparative Government II
  • PLSC 387: Political Systems: Latin America
  • PLSC 389: International Development Strategies
  • SPAN 244: Modern Mexico
  • SPAN 260: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 340: Hispanic Civilization through the 19th Century
  • SPAN 344: 20th Century Spanish-American Civilization and Culture
  • SPAN 364: Survey of Spanish-American Literature
  • SPAN 420: Modern Hispanic Theater
  • SPAN 421: Modern Hispanic Short Story
  • SPAN 430: 20th-Century Spanish-American Prose
  • SPAN 431: Spanish-American Poetry

Please refer to the Latin American Studies minor in the course catalog or see the LAS coordinator for the Latin American Studies minor brochure for additional courses.