Minor in Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies is increasingly important in the world and for the United
States in particular. Latin American Studies is an Interdisciplinary minor which
encourages students to integrate the varying disciplinary perspectives of the
arts, literature, social sciences, and history, along with the study of
languages of the area, into a coherent view of Latin America.
The Latin American Studies Minor (LAS) allows students to
explore the region from a multidisciplinary perspective. It encourages
students to integrate their study of the arts and literature, history, and
social sciences into a unified view of Latin America.
In pursuing the minor, students can draw on resources
throughout the university, including courses on Latin America in Anthropology,
History, Music, Political Science, and Romance Languages. In their senior
project, students also have the opportunity to explore a theme of particular
interest with the coordinated support of the faculty advisors from different
In addition, to providing insight into the culture, economy, history, and
politics of our hemispheric neighbors, Latin American Studies offers students
planning to pursue careers in diplomacy, international business, and law or
graduate study in the humanities and social sciences a solid grounding in the
region that will help link theory with Latin American reality and culture with
history and politics.
There are three requirements for completing a minor in Latin American
- Study of one of the region'
s languages for three years or the equivalent.
- Five courses in Latin American Studies, including at least
one course from each of three disciplinary areas: Arts and Literature,
Social Science, and History.
- A senior project (normally done in the second semester of
the senior year) that integrates at least two of the three disciplinary areas of
the minor. This project may be written work, a photography exhibit, a
performance or some other creative work. Student will work with at least two
core LAS faculty advisors from two different disciplines, as project director
and second reader. Students will participate in a monthly senior project seminar
taught by the entire Latin American Studies faculty and receive a full course
credit for their project. The project with conclude with an oral defense.
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are only partly on Latin
America. Students may credit only one of those courses for the minor and only if
the student does the written work for the course on a Latin American subject and
the instructor testifies to that in writing. Students may count no more than one
asterisked course for the minor.
Courses marked with a double asterisk (**) are Latino Studies
courses. Students can credit no more than one Latino Studies course for the
Latin American Studies minor.
Students are allowed to double-count for the minor no more than two courses that
they are also using to fulfill their major.
Students are allowed to count for the minor no more than two
courses taken at other institutions, even if they have been accepted for
transfer credits. Courses taken at Tufts programs abroad are exempt from
Students interested in pursuing a minor in Latin American Studies should
register with the LAS Director:
Associate Professor Nina Gerassi-Navarro
Olin Center - Packard Avenue
Declare a Minor in LAS
Get details on how to sign up for the LAS minor.
Students thinking about conducting a research project, such as a senior thesis,
should be aware of the numerous support programs and publication opportunities
on Tufts campus. For details about this program visit the
Academic Resource Center website.