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
Independent Study
Total Credits15

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate proficiency in French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Students may demonstrate language proficiency when they pass FREN 2211PORT 2211, or SPAN 2211.

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 LCST 3980). 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.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Electives

AHST 1103Art of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas3
BIOL 3319Zoology Field Experience 13
ECON 2112Economic Aspects of Current Social Problems 13
ECON 2120Introduction to Environmental Economics3
ECON 3230Comparative Economic Systems 13
ECON 3235Economic Development 13
ENGL 1140Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
ENGL 1230Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL 2082Latinx Literature3
ENGL 3075Caribbean Women Writers3
FREN 2211Intermediate French II3
HIST 1188Colonial Latin America, 1492-18003
HIST 1189Modern Latin America, 1800-Present3
HIST 2235/SOCI 2135Race in the Americas3
HIST 2297Power, Politics, History: U.S.-Latin American Relations from the 1800s to the Present3
HIST 3383Food, Consumption, and Commodities in Latin America, 1500 to the Present: From Chocolate to Cocaine 13
MUSC 1122World Music History and Ensemble 13
NURS 4330Population Health 14
POLI 2253Latin American Politics3
PORT 1111Elementary Brazilian Portuguese II3
PORT 2210Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese I3
PORT 2211Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II3
PUBH 2240Introduction to Global Public Health3
RLST 2335Liberation Theology3
SOCI 1150Introduction to International Migration 13
SOCI 1160Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society3
SOCI 1165Social Change in Developing Nations 13
SPAN 2211Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN 2220Topics in Language and Culture 13
SPAN 3231BCareer-Oriented Spanish for Business3
SPAN 3231NCareer-Oriented Spanish for Nursing and Health Studies3
SPAN 3245Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 3253Spanish-American Civilization3
SPAN 3271Hispanic Film3
SPAN 4305Popular Culture in Latin America3
SPAN 4306Cuban Film: A Close Look at the Revolution3
SPAN 4353Spanish-American Narrative3
SPAN 4359Culture, Civilization, and Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region3
SPAN 4360Dictatorships and Revolutionary Movements in Contemporary Latin America3
SPAN 4371Images of Latin American Indians3
SPAN 4999Capstone Seminar 13