2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue

Latin American and Latino Studies Minor

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Contact: Thomas Ward, Professor of Spanish (Program Director)
Office: Maryland Hall, Room 462
Telephone: 410‑617‑2370

Contact: Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno, Professor of Communication (Program Advisor)
Office: College Center, M014q
Telephone: 410‑617‑2196

Website: www.loyola.edu/academics/latino-studies

The interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) is built on a historical, cultural, literary, theological, and political understanding of the Spanish, Portuguese, and French-speaking regions of the Americas. Students come to appreciate the diversity of Latin American and U.S. Latino experiences by studying Latin Americans from all countries, including the United States.

Requirements for the Minor (18 credits)

The minor consists of 18 credits, as follows:

  • Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (ML 392 )
  • Five Electives (15 credits; listed below)

Courses must be distributed minimally across three disciplines (e.g., EN, HS, ML, SN, TH). Three electives must be taken at the 300-level or above; two may be taken at the 100-level or above. Two courses may be cross-counted between LALS and another major or minor with the approval of the department chair(s).

To allow for greater curricular flexibility, it is recommended that students declare the minor in their sophomore year, especially if they will be studying abroad during their junior year.

A community service, service-learning, or study abroad experience in the area is beneficial.


The program advisor will work with each student to develop a coherent program of study and meet informally at least once a semester to converse and look for connections between courses. 


Approval Required:

The following electives may be counted toward the minor if a final paper or project is geared toward Latin America or U.S. Latinos (paper will become part of portfolio). "Latin America" includes any historically Spanish, Portuguese, or French-speaking area, as well as the Caribbean. The minor advisor or program director must approve these courses, and it is the student's responsibility to work with the course instructor to ensure that the final project is on Latin America.


Students are encouraged to study and perfect their knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Students may take electives offered through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program  at other area colleges and universities; however, these courses must be preapproved by the minor advisor or program director.

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