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Academics: Current: Undergraduate Minor


The minor in Latin American Studies consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours including 6 credit hours of Spanish 301 and 302 or Portuguese 311 and 312; HIST 181 or 182; LTAM 354 or 355; 12 credit hours in one of the core areas listed below; and 6 credit hours of elective courses. HIST 181, HIST 182, LTAM 354 and LTAM 355 may count toward the core or elective courses. Courses completed for the Core and Electives must represent at least three different disciplines. At least 12 of the 24 hours required for the minor must be taken on the main campus of UNM, per university policy.

The curriculum is comprised of three areas: language courses, core courses, and elective courses.

Language Courses

  • Spanish: SPAN 301 and SPAN 302
  • Portuguese: PORT 311 and PORT 312

Core Courses

Students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours of LAS-related coursework in one of the following three tracks.

  • Humanities: Courses must be selected from Art History, Brazilian Literature and Culture, Cinematic Arts, History, Religious Studies, and Spanish American Literature.
  • Social and Natural Sciences: Courses must be selected from, Anthropology, Biology, Community and Regional Planning, Economics, History, International Management, Political Science, Sociology, and Women Studies.
  • Core Area Focus: Students design a customized curriculum that focuses on a particular theme (e.g. environment and ecology, development, gender, U.S.-Latin American relations). Students work with the LAS Advisor to develop their program of study. Students must demonstrate that faculty and courses will be available to complete their program of study in the customized area of focus.

Elective Courses

Students must complete 6 credit hours of LAS-related elective courses. Electives may fall within the humanities or social/natural sciences, regardless of the chosen Core.