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Minor in Latin-American Studies (TU)

Latin America comprises a complex, fascinating, and vital region of the world, and one grappling with an array of fundamental political, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges. The minor in Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of a variety of aspects of Latin American societies, including their history, art, cinema, and literature, as well as their social, economic, and political developments. The minor provides great flexibility to explore a wide range of subjects and will be useful to students planning careers in education, translation and interpretation, the Foreign Service, international organizations, overseas corporations and banking, as well as for those who simply desire a better understanding of Latin America. The multidisciplinary nature of the program also prepares students for further work in a number of academic fields at the graduate level.

Minor in Latin-American Studies (TU)

1. Completion of four elective courses, worth at least 16 semester hours and representing at least two separate disciplines, from the following:

ART 340 The Art of the Americas, Africa and Oceania
ECO 320 Economic Development
ECO 490 Advanced Special Topics in Economics: Microfinance
HIS 240 Latin America to Independence
HIS 313 The Origins of European Imperialism
HIS 340 Dictatorship and Democracy in Latin America
HIS 431 History of United States Foreign Relations
SPN 302 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
SPN 305 International Relations from a Latin-American Perspective
SPN 403 Political Issues in Latin-American Literature and Film
SPN 405 20th Century Latin-American Literature
SPN 406 French and Spanish Crossroads in the Caribbean and Africa (Caribbean
rotation only)
SPN 410 The Development of Latin-American Cultures
SPN 411 North American Hispanic Readings and Film
SPN 425 Internship in Spanish (may count, depending on the nature on the
internship. Pre-approval of director of the LAS minor program required).
SPN 490 Advanced Special Topics in Hispanic Languages, Literatures and
Cultures (only courses that apply to Latin America are applicable)

2. Additional requirements and things to note:

a. The minor requires demonstration of Spanish language proficiency. This can be accomplished by a student earning a grade of “C+” or better in either SPN 301 Advanced Spanish or another upper level Spanish course which is taught exclusively in Spanish.
b. Other courses, particularly Special Topics, which are devoted in total or in part to Latin America, may qualify as an elective for the minor. Students must get prior approval from the program coordinator.
c. At least three of the elective courses (worth at least 12 semester hours) for the minor in Latin American Studies must be taken at Oglethorpe.
d. At most one elective course taken in completion of the minor can be counted toward any other major or minor.

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