The minor in Latin American studies (LAS) requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in Latin American Studies Program (LASP) approved courses, including at least 12 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor.

A student may earn the certificate or the minor in Latin American studies, but not both.

Students may count a total of 6 s.h. earned for majors, certificates, and other minors toward the Latin American studies minor. The minor is interdisciplinary, so it may include a maximum of 6 s.h. of credit from any single department or program.

To request approval of a course for the LAS minor which is not currently on the approved list, students can submit an online course petition.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the minor in Latin American studies, visit the UI General Catalog.

Coursework Requirements
Title Hours
Latin American Studies Program (LASP) approved courses.
Students are highly encouraged to complete either or both of these courses for the minor:
  • LAS:2700 Introduction to Latin American Studies AND/OR
  • LAS:4700 Latin American Studies Seminar
Total Hours 15

Available Courses by Semester

The availability of courses that satisfy requirements for the minor may change from semester to semester. In order to make it easier for interested students to find these courses, included below is a list of available courses by semester.

fa22 LASP course list

Fall 2022

DANC:1150  Brazilian Culture and Carnival
HIST:1016    The History That Made Our World --
Latin American Food History
HIST:3508    Disease and Health in Latin America
LAS:2700     Introduction to Latin American Studies
MUS:2311    Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
POLI:3104   Immigration Politics
SPAN:2500  Readings in Spanish American Literature
SPAN:3060  Introductory Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish
SPAN:3290  Topics in Cinema and Society -- Chile
SPAN:3310  Spanish American Short Story
SPAN:3350  Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPAN:4330  Colonial Spanish American Literature --
Sor Juana, Her Contemporaries, and Her Legacy

Spring 2022

COMM:4157 Community Media
DANC:2150  Brazilian Social Dance: The Samba

HIST:3501    Rebel Island: A History of Cuba
LAS:4700      Latin American Studies Seminar: Buenos Aires and the Arts
MUS:3163     Intermediate Steel Band
SPAN:2500    Readings in Spanish American Literature
SPAN:3060    Intro Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish
SPAN:3225    Latin American Women Writers
SPAN:4390    Topics in Spanish American Literature: History and Literature of Cuba