Jun 15, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American Studies Minor

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures  
Advisor: Oscar Diaz

The minor in Latin American Studies introduces the student to the cultural diversity and richness of Latin America and its people and can enhance career opportunities and effectiveness in business, government, health care, journalism, law, and social work. The minor requires 18 semester hours. Courses selected must come from at least three different academic departments. Note: All students minoring in Latin American Studies are required to complete SPAN 2105 /GEOG 2105 /ART 2105 /ANTH 2105 /SOC 2105 /PS 2105  Introduction to Latin American Studies. In addition, all students are required to complete Intermediate Portuguese or Spanish II (SPAN 2020 ) or the equivalent. SPAN 2010 , SPAN 2020  cannot count for both a Spanish major and a Latin American Studies minor. SPAN 2010  and SPAN 2020  may count for the B.A. degree language requirement. Students are encouraged to take more Spanish courses to develop basic conversational fluency or participate in study abroad programs to Latin America.

Language credits may be earned at MTSU or through an approved overseas program or transferred from another accredited college or university. Students may satisfy the language requirement by examination (a placement test), demonstrating a level of competence equivalent to two years of college Spanish or Portuguese. Students whose native language is either Spanish or Portuguese may substitute equivalent competence in English in lieu of this requirement.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Electives (12 hours)


Directed readings or special topics in any pertinent department may be pursued with prior approval of the instructor involved and the Latin American Studies advisor.