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Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Latin American Studies (LAS) provides students with an understanding of the culture, society, and history of the nations of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking peoples in Latin America. The minor provides breadth and depth in the study of Latin America. It requires two foundational courses that offer an overall view of the major historical periods in Latin America and offers specialized courses dealing with specific countries or themes. The minor prepares students to understand the connections between Latin America and Latin American immigrant communities in the United States and other parts of the world and helps students gain an understanding of discipline-specific or interdisciplinary research methods and the analytical tools to investigate and analyze issues in Latin America. The minor serves as a foundation for graduate studies in Latin America Studies and other disciplines including anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. It provides an innovative opportunity for students seeking careers in business, government, international marketing, law, and nonprofit organizations.


To declare this minor, fill out the SCU Registrar's Program Petition form.


Veronica Miranda, Ph.D., Co-director

O'Connor Hall 315

Phone: 408-554-4328


José Ortigas, Ph.D., Co-director

Kenna Hall 225 G

Phone: 408-554-4081