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.

Fall 2021

LAS:2700 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
ANTH:3111 - Health in Mexico
DANC:1150 - Brazilian Culture and Carnival
HIST:3508 - Disease and Health in Latin America
MUS:2311 - Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
SPAN:2200 - Introduction to Spanish American Cultures
SPAN:3310 - Spanish American Short Story
SPAN:4390 - Topics in Spanish American Literature: Narrative, 1950-1990