Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor

College of Arts and Humanities
4112 H.J. Patterson Hall
Phone: 301-405-9626

Director: Isabella Alcañiz
Assistant Director: Eric Tomala

The interdisciplinary minor program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is open to University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduates in any major who are interested in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. The minor will help prepare students for careers related to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The undergraduate minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies will be awarded to students who have completed 15 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the following areas:

Course Title Credits
LACS/SPAN234Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Studies I3
or LACS/SPAN235 Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Studies II
HIST/LACS250History of Colonial Latin America3
or HIST251 Latin America Since Independence
LACS486Internship in Latin American/Caribbean Studies3
ELECTIVETwo 300 or 400 level elective courses 16
Total Credits15

Elective courses will contain at least 75% Latin American-related content and will be from two different departments.

Additional Requirement

Additionally, all certificate students must demonstrate their competence in one of the languages of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Spanish or Portuguese. Other languages may be used to fulfill this goal with the permission of the LACS undergraduate advisor. Competency may be proven with a grade of "C+" or better in an intermediate-level course or higher. Native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese or students with extensive experience in these languages should consult with the Latin American Studies advisor to demonstrate competence through a placement exam.