Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor, an interdisciplinary program, offers students an opportunity to develop a focus on this multifaceted area of the world.

To earn a 15-credit Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor, students complete the following:

Select four elective courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies 112
Capstone Seminar
Select one of the following: 23
Justice and the Developing World
Latin America and the United States
Independent Study
Total Credits15

These four courses, from a range of fifteen disciplines (no more than three from any one discipline), must be exclusively or substantially concerned with Latin American and/or the Caribbean.


The capstone seminar is required of all minors in their junior or senior year.

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate proficiency in French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Students may demonstrate language proficiency when they pass, FR 0211PG 0211, or SP 0211.

Language Electives

Students may count three courses of Spanish or French culture and literature to count among their four elective courses. Students may count one Portuguese course with the approval of their advisor.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly advised to apply for a junior semester or year abroad in a country of Latin America or the Caribbean from a wide range of programs. Summer programs are also available. Students are par­ticularly encouraged to study in Nicaragua through our partner, Universidad Centroamericana-Managua. Other approved country programs include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. Summer programs and short-term immersions are available too. Short-term courses led by Fairfield University faculty members include courses in Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Students are also encouraged to pursue an internship in a Latin American or Caribbean country (see LAC 0373). Funding assistance for internships and research abroad is available through inquiry with the LACS Program Directors.

Note: While the majority of courses taken abroad should count towards a LACS minor, in some cases, based on content, a study abroad course may not be awarded credit towards the LACS minor.

Students may count courses taken for the Latin American and Caribbean studies minor toward their core curriculum or major program requirements.