Latin American Studies

Program offered
Minor in Latin American Studies


Robert McNamara / Political Science Department, 707-664-2676


Latin American Studies Minor

The minor in Latin American Studies offers a cross-disciplinary concentration on an important region of the world for students preparing for careers in or focusing on Latin America. Through a combination of courses in different disciplines, it provides a general background in Latin American culture, history, politics, economics, literature, social structures, and foreign relations. Although study of a language (other than English) is not required, it is highly recommended.

The minor consists of 20 semester units, which include courses:

  • -  in at least two different disciplines
  • - at least one from the Regional courses,
  • - no more than 12 units  from any one discipline.

Students interested in the minor can contact Dr. Robert McNamara, Department of Political Science.

A. Regional Courses

  • HIST 241     History of the America Part I (3)
  • HIST 242     History of the Americas Part II (3)
  • GEOG 392    Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
  • HIST  339    Ancient and Colonial Latin America (4)
  • HIST  342    Modern Latin America (4)
  • POLS  453    Politics of Latin America (4)
  • SPAN  307    Cultures of Latin America (4) (Taught in Spanish)
  • FR      314    French Caribbean Literatures (4) (Taught in English)
  • CALS 480    Latin American Migration to the United States (4)

B. Specialized Courses

  • CALS 314    Latin American Literature and Translation (4)
  • BUS 396W   The Global Wine Industry (4)
  • ECON 403    Seminar in International Development (4)
  • HIST  433    History of Mexico (4)
  • HIST  449    Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (4)
  • SPAN  402    Latin American Literature (4) (Taught in Spanish)

C. Supporting Electives

Any courses focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean and chosen in consultation with and approved by an advisor for the minor in Latin American Studies.

Total units for minor    20