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Latin American Studies


The minor in Latin American studies enables students to combine study of a major field in the arts, humanities, sciences, or social sciences with a focused study of Latin American and Hispanic/Latino history, culture, and contemporary affairs. The program includes a major component of overseas study integrated with courses from various disciplines on campus. Overseas study programs offered in Latin America allow students to spend up to a year studying in curricular areas not covered on the Lewis & Clark campus.

The interdisciplinary minor is supervised by a group of faculty from several departments. This group coordinates the curriculum, advises students, supervises major research projects, and plans special events.

Students may apply for admission to the minor only after being accepted for an appropriate overseas study program.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  1. One of the following: History 141, History 142, Latin American Studies 200, or Sociology/Anthropology 266.
  2. A minimum of one and a maximum of three international studies courses (language courses do not apply) from participation in a Lewis & Clark overseas study program in Latin America.
  3. Up to four additional courses from the Latin American studies courses listed below. It is highly recommended that one of these be a Latin American literature course.

207 Pre-Columbian Art

141 Colonial Latin American History
142 Modern Latin American History
242 Borderlands: U.S.-Mexico Border, 16th Century to Present
345 Race and Nation in Latin America
347 Modern Mexico: Culture, Politics, and Economic Crisis
348 Modern Cuba
400 Reading Colloquium (when focus is on Latin America)
450 History Seminar (when focus is on Latin America)

Hispanic Studies
230 Hispanic Literature in Translation
360 Latin America and Spain:  Pre-Columbian to Baroque
370 Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present
440 Topics in Hispanic Literatures
444 Hispanic Community Practicum
446 Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
450 Special Topics

261 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
266 Latin America in Cultural Perspective
349 Indigenous Peoples:  Identities and Politics
400 Senior Seminar and Thesis (when focus is on Latin America)

International Affairs
231 Latin American Politics
430 International Affairs Seminar (when thesis is on Latin America)

137 World Music: Latin America

A minimum of 12 semester credits must be discrete to the minor (in other words, may not be used in any other set of major or minor requirements). In addition, at least three of the courses used for the minor must be taken on campus at Lewis & Clark.

Forthcoming Overseas Study Programs

General Culture
Cuba. 2015 spring
Cuenca, Ecuador. Annual: spring, summer

Language Intensive
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Annual: one semester or full year
Santiago or Valparaiso, Chile. Annual: one semester or full year

Latin American Studies

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    Latin American Studies is located in Miller Center on the Undergraduate Campus.

    voice 503-768-7420 fax 503-768-7434

    Director Prof. Freddy Vilches

    Latin American Studies

    • Latin American StudiesLewis & Clark0615 S.W. Palatine Hill RoadMSC 30PortlandOR97219