Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which is administered by the College of Social Science, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  The minor emphasizes coherent course work about the cultural context, history, politics, economics, and geography of Latin American and the Caribbean with the potential for complementary experiential learning. Some courses focus on individual countries, while others are comparative and cross-national. Second-year language proficiency is required. Linking preparatory course selections to experiential learning (study abroad or mentored research) is encouraged. The outcomes of these projects will be developed, presented and discussed in seminar series. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The student must complete a minimum of 15 credits as specified below:

1.   Foreign Language Proficiency: Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese or other relevant language is required and must be demonstrated by completion of second-year, university-level courses or equivalent language placement scores based on a Michigan State University placement test or equivalent examination. Students who are native speakers in the target language should contact the minor advisor to discuss placement.
2.   Complete a minimum of 14 credits from the following list, with at least four courses from at least two departments:
    ANP 410 Anthropology of Latin America 3  
    EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America (W) 3  
    ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3  
    GEO 335 Geography of Latin America 3  
    HST 211 Colonial Latin America 4  
    HST 212 National Latin America 4  
    HST 382 Modern Brazil       3  
    HST 383 The Caribbean     3  
    HST 384 Modern Mexico     3  
    HST 453 Special Topics in Latin American History 3  
    HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3  
    Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities    
    IAH 203 Latin America and the World (I) 4  
    Integrative Studies in Social Science      
    ISS 330C Latin America: Social Science Perspectives (I) 4  
    James Madison College            
    MC 324C Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Latin America and the Caribbean 4  
    Political Science            
    PLS 352 Latin American Politics 3  
    PRT 150 Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages I 4  
    PRT 250 Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages II 4  
    PRT 320 Advanced Portuguese   3  
    PRT 340 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Language and Culture 3  
    PRT 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis (W) 3  
    Students that place into Third-Year Spanish may also count either PRT 150 or 250 toward general minor credits.
    SPN 342 Media and Conversation 3  
    SPN 350 Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature (W) 3  
    SPN 412 Topics in Hispanic Culture 3  
    SPN 432 Latin America and its Literature 3  
    SPN 472 Topics in the Literatures of the Americas 3  
    Electives (1 to 4 credits)          
    A maximum of 4 credits of experiential learning such as an internship, independent study, guided research, service learning, study abroad or relevant elective courses, approved by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, may substitute for credits in requirement 2.    
3.   Completion of the Seminar Series in Latin American and Caribbean Studies through enrollment of 1 credit in SSC 490. Students may opt for an additional enrollment of 1 credit for a maximum of 2 credits. Students will develop a project based on Latin American and Caribbean studies course work or elective experiential learning experience in the form of a research paper or other creative work to be presented in the seminar series at the completion of the minor.