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2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Latin American Studies Minor

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences


María-de Jesús Cordero, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies,

William L. Furlong, Professor, Department of Political Science,

Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology,

Claudia Radel, Assistant Professor, Department of Environment and Society,

Cacilda Rego, Associate Professor of Portuguese, Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies,

James Sanders, Associate Professor, Department of History,

The Latin American Studies minor, an interdepartmental program within the college containing the humanities and social sciences, provides students with an interdisciplinary and rigorous introduction to Latin America. The minor complements existing majors through the expansion and development of regional knowledge and expertise. After completing the minor, students will have demonstrated language competence and enhanced historical, political, economic, cultural, and sociological understanding of the countries and peoples of Latin America.

Admission Requirements

  1. USU students in good standing who are enrolled in any major or department and who have a 2.75 minimum GPA qualify for admission to this minor.
  2. Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.75 minimum total GPA for admission to this minor.

Latin American Studies Minor Requirements

(18 credits, plus language competency)

A. Language Requirement

A minimum of two years (16 credits or four semesters) of Introductory Spanish or Introductory Portuguese, or the completion of an equivalent competency exam, is required.

D. Major Courses Limitation

Only two courses completed as part of the student’s major may be applied toward the Latin American Studies minor.

E. Restricted Electives (3 credits)

Students may choose one course from the following list to count toward their total elective credits.


1 Requires a proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese at the 3000 level or above.

2 Requires a proficiency in Spanish at the 2000 level or above.

3 A limit of 9 credits of overlapping courses from a pre-existing major or alternative minor may be counted toward this elective requirement.

4 SPAN 3660  and SPAN 4800  can be counted as electives for the Latin American Studies Minor only when they are taken in a Latin American country.

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