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Department: Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

The Latin American studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to focus on the rich diversity of the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Our combination of courses in the history, culture, politics, economics and business potential of the region, combined with proficiency in Spanish (intermediate level or higher), enhances student awareness and understanding of this complex area and its people.

The program is designed for students who wish to specialize in Latin America and those for whom a deeper knowledge of the region would complement careers in business, education, foreign affairs, government, journalism, law, medicine, religion or humanitarian work.

The minor consists of six courses (18 credits) and must include two courses in Spanish above the general education requirement (one skills course, and one literature or culture course). The remaining four courses may be selected from business, economics, history or political science, according to individual interests. No more than two courses applied to the student’s major may be applied to the Latin American studies minor.

Study abroad is strongly recommended. No more than two courses toward the minor may be taken through any one study abroad program. Currently, Notre Dame sponsors a program at the Cuernavaca Universidad Internacional Center for Linguistic and Multicultural Studies.

Notre Dame-approved programs in Latin America are CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) sponsored programs in Santiago de Chile (Universidad e Chile y Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), in Costa Rica (Monteverde), and in Santiago, Dominican Republic (Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra). One study tour to Latin America (Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras) may count toward the minor. One course or study tour from any area school participating in the cooperative arrangement may count toward the minor, subject to approval by the Notre Dame minor advisor. (These schools include Notre Dame, Loyola University in Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Morgan State University, Towson University, Goucher College and Coppin State College.)