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Minor in Latin American Studies

The minor in Latin American Studies is offered to students in any major who wish to develop a complementary concentration on the region. To pursue the minor, students must submit for approval an online proposal of course work no later than the second quarter of their junior year. The minor must be completed by the second quarter of the senior year. Units for a student's major cannot be double-counted towards the minor.

Requirements for the minor include:

  1. Completion of 25 units as follows:
    1. a 5-unit course surveying Latin America: HISTORY 70. Culture, Politics, and Society in Latin America
    2. 20 additional units at the 100 level or higher (Overseas Studies courses under the 100 level are applicable) which together comprise a coherent focus on a theoretical problem or issue of the region such as culture and identity, political economy, or sustainable development. At least 10 of the 25 units must be completed at Stanford. See the "Latin American Studies Cognate Courses" section following.

2. Fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement. The minimum requirement for completion of the minor in Latin American Studies is advanced proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese by any one of the following means:

  1. Completion of seven quarters of college-level study of Spanish or Portuguese.
  2. Completion of a course on Spanish or Portuguese language or literature, or on some other subject but taught in Spanish or Portuguese, at the 100-level or higher, with a letter grade of 'B' (3.0).
  3. Achievement of the advanced proficiency level on the ACTFL scale in a test administered by the Language Center.

3. Field experience in Latin America such as study abroad, summer research, or internship is recommended.

Upon completion of all requirements, the center's subcommittee on undergraduate programs authorizes the designation of the Minor in Latin American Studies on the student's transcript.

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