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Latin American Studies, Minor

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The minor in Latin American Studies (LAS) provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of Latin American and Latino culture, history, and language.  This is particularly important for preparing UVU students to be fully competitive in the global marketplace since two of the top ten trading partners of the United States, Mexico and Brazil, are located in Latin America. Students learn to comprehend the unique geographical and historical complexities of Latin America and its place in the world, as well as the multifaceted cultural backgrounds of their fellow students whose families are from that vast area. A minor in LAS complements a diverse number of majors giving our students the opportunity to prepare for a future working with either Utah’s growing Latino population or beyond the state pursuing opportunities abroad.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements: 9 Credits 
  GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean 3
  HIST 204G Colonial Latin America  3
or HIST 205G Modern Latin America (3.0)  
 Complete 3 credits from the following: 3
  PORT 202G Intermediate Portuguese II (4.0)  
  SPAN 202G Intermediate Spanish II (4.0)  
  Any PORT 3000 level or higher  
  Any SPAN 3000 level or higher  
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits 
Choose 9 credits from the following: 9
  ANTH 3340  Peoples and Cultures of Mexico (3.0)  
  ANTH 3350  Andean Prehistory (3.0)  
  ANTH 3370  History and Ethnography of Andean Societies (3.0)  
  COMM 319G  Intercultural Communication Encounters  (3.0)  
  ENGL 373R  Literature of Cultures and Places  (3.0)  
  ENGL 476G  Multi-ethnic Literature in America (3.0)  
  HIST 430G  Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America (3.0)  
  MGMT 330G  Survey of International Business (3.0)  
  MGMT 332G  Cross-Cultural Communications for International Business (3.0)    
  MGMT 458R  Advanced Topics in International Business (1.0)  
  MGMT 4870  International Management (3.0)  
  MKTG 259R  Current Topics in Marketing (1.0)  
  POLS 420R  Issues and Topics in Political Science (3.0)  
  PORT 3200  Business Portuguese (3.0)  
  PORT 3430  Masterpieces of Brazilian Film (3.0)  
  PORT 352G  Brazilian Culture and Civilization (3.0)  
  PORT 3610  Brazil through Literature and Film--1500-1900 (3.0)  
  PORT 3620  Modern Brazil through Literature/Music/Film--1900-1945 (3.0)  
  PORT 3630  Post-Modern Brazil through Literature/Music/Film--1945-today (3.0)  
  PORT 490R  Special Topics in Brazilian Studies (3.0)  
  SPAN 3200  Business Spanish (3.0)  
  SPAN 3630  Spanish American Literature to 1880 (3.0)  
  SPAN 3640  Spanish American Literature from 1880 (3.0)  
  SPAN 380R  Community Engagement in Spanish (1.0)  
  SPAN 412R  Spanish for the Professions (3.0)  
  SPAN 4200  Advanced Business Spanish (3.0)  
  SPAN 460R  Topics in Hispanic Literature (3.0)  
  SPAN 484R  Special Topics in Hispanic Studies (1.0)  
  or other advisor-approved course.  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses. *  
* Completion of Baccalaureate Degree.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin American and the Caribbean 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title or Text Credit Hours

SPAN 202G or


Intermediate Spanish II or higher or

Intermediate Portuguese II or higher
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title or Text Credit Hours

HIST 204G or


Colonial Latin America or

Modern Latin America

  Semester total: 3
Semester 4 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
Minor Elective from list 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 5 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
Minor Elective from list 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 6 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
Minor Elective from list 3
  Semester total: 3
  Degree total: 18


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