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Requirements

Major and Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies

The Major and Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies were redesigned in 2022. The new requirements will apply to all students who matriculate in Fall Semester 2022 and thereafter (see College Catalog pdf archives for major and minor requirements before Fall 2022).

Requirements for the Major:

At least 9 credits

  • One of the following two courses:
    • LNAM 180: Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Studies
    • LNAM 231/SOAN 231: Histories and Cultures of Latin America
  • 2 courses in the social sciences chosen from list below or Off-Campus Study with advisor's approval:
    • LNAM 219/POLS 219: The Politics of Latin America
    • LNAM 233/HIST 233: Latinx Chicago
    • LNAM 241/SOAN 241/GSWS 241: Body-Maps: Decolonial Notions of Gender and Territory in Latin America
    • LNAM 245/ECON 245: Child Labor in Latin America
    • LNAM 255/POLS 280: Politics of Mexico
    • LNAM 280: The Mexican-American Border
    • LNAM 316/SOAN 316: Colonialisms & Resistance
    • LNAM 319/POLS 319: Party Politics in Latin America
    • LNAM 340/ENTP 340/GSWS 339: Inclusive Innovation
    • Other course in Sociology & Anthropology on Latin America with advisor's permission
  • 2 courses in the arts and humanities chosen from list below or Off-Campus Study with advisor's approval:
    • LNAM 120/LING 120/MUSC 120/PORT 120: Beginning Portuguese Through Brazilian Song
    • LNAM 218/MUSC 218: Music of Brazil: From Samba to Pop
    • LNAM 226/ARTH 226: Colonial Latin American Art 
    • LNAM 236/SPAN 236/CINE 236/LCTR 236: Latin American Film
    • LNAM 303/SPAN 303/MUSC 303: Paisajes sonoros de América Latina
    • LNAM 306/SPAN 306: Introduction to Latin American Culture
    • LNAM 320/SPAN 320: Spanish for International Affairs
    • LNAM 325/SPAN 325: U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
    • LNAM 333/SPAN 333/CINE 337: Cine e Historia en América Latina
    • LNAM 335/SPAN 335: Survey of Latin American Literature
    • LNAM 338/SPAN 338/CINE 341: Cine Latinoamericano
    • LNAM 350/SPAN 350/LCTR 350: Contemporary Latin American Literature in English
    • LNAM 365/SPAN 365: Latin American Narrative
    • LNAM 380/SPAN 380/CINE 380: Cine, Literatura y Sociedad América Latina
    • Any course in Spanish, or Literature in Translation on Latin America with advisor's permission
  • Three additional elective courses at the 300-level, chosen from listings above or Off-Campus Study with advisor's approval:
    • Off-Campus Study – Course credit gained through participation in study programs in Latin America may be used to fulfill part of the electives requirement. All such credit must be approved in advance by the Latin American and Latinx Studies Committee.
    • Other alternatives – A maximum of two credits may be obtained through tutorials, research projects, creative projects, and internships.
  • Completion of  the Senior Studies requirement in one of the following ways:
    • LNAM 400/SPAN 400/GSWS 400: Special Studies: Women's Voices in Latin America
    • LNAM 480/SPAN 480 Literature & History in Hispanic World
    • Senior thesis
    • Senior research project

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate language proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese. This requirement may be met through examination or by completing a Spanish or Portuguese course at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for the Minor:

At least 6 credits

  • One of the following two courses:
    • LNAM 180: Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Studies
    • LNAM 231/SOAN 231: Histories and Cultures of Latin America
  • 2 courses in the social sciences chosen from list below or Off-Campus Study with advisor's approval:
    • LNAM 219/POLS 219: The Politics of Latin America
    • LNAM 233/HIST 233: Latinx Chicago
    • LNAM 241/SOAN 241/GSWS 241: Body-Maps: Decolonial Notions of Gender and Territory in Latin America
    • LNAM 245/ECON 245: Child Labor in Latin America
    • LNAM 255/POLS 280: Politics of Mexico
    • LNAM 280: The Mexican-American Border
    • LNAM 316/SOAN 316: Colonialisms & Resistance
    • LNAM 319/POLS 319: Party Politics in Latin America
    • LNAM 340/ENTP 340/GSWS 339: Inclusive Innovation
    • Other course in Sociology & Anthropology on Latin America with advisor's permission
  • 2 courses in the arts and humanities chosen from list below or Off-Campus Study with advisor's approval:
    • LNAM 120/LING 120/MUSC 120/PORT 120: Beginning Portuguese Through Brazilian Song
    • LNAM 218/MUSC 218: Music of Brazil: From Samba to Pop
    • LNAM 226/ARTH 226: Colonial Latin American Art 
    • LNAM 236/SPAN 236/CINE 236/LCTR 236: Latin American Film
    • LNAM 303/SPAN 303/MUSC 303: Paisajes sonoros de América Latina
    • LNAM 306/SPAN 306: Introduction to Latin American Culture
    • LNAM 320/SPAN 320: Spanish for International Affairs
    • LNAM 325/SPAN 325: U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
    • LNAM 333/SPAN 333/CINE 337: Cine e Historia en América Latina
    • LNAM 335/SPAN 335: Survey of Latin American Literature
    • LNAM 338/SPAN 338/CINE 341: Cine Latinoamericano
    • LNAM 350/SPAN 350/LCTR 350: Contemporary Latin American Literature in English
    • LNAM 365/SPAN 365: Latin American Narrative
    • LNAM 380/SPAN 380/CINE 380: Cine, Literatura y Sociedad América Latina
    • Any course in Spanish, or Literature in Translation on Latin America with advisor's permission
  • One additional elective course at the 300-level, chosen from listings above or Off-Campus Study with advisor's approval:
    • Off-Campus Study – Course credit gained through participation in study programs in Latin America may be used to fulfill part of the electives requirement. All such credit must be approved in advance by the Latin American and Latinx Studies Committee.
    • Other alternatives – A maximum of two credits may be obtained through tutorials, research projects, creative projects, and internships.