A minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies may complement either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and requires completion of at least 21 credits of LACS and related courses. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine credits that are not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor.
- Introduction: LACS 101
- Distribution: 15 credits selected from the following, with at least one course from each of the three areas. LACS 195, 257, 421, 422, and 423 may count towards the total count of 15 credits. Additional courses may be used when the topic is relevant and the director approves.
- Literature: LACS 256 (LIT 256), LIT 259; SPAN 240, 340, 342, 344, 345, 346, 348, 350, 398; and, when appropriate, ENGL 262, 350, 351; FREN 344; and LIT 295
- Art and Humanities: ARTH 271, 273, 375, 376; HIST 130, 131, 180, 233, 336, 337, 366; SPAN 201, 212; and, when appropriate, FREN 280, HIST 269, 395, and SPAN 295
- Social and Natural Sciences: BIOL 216; POL 247; SOC 334; and, when appropriate, BUS 305; ECON 255, 280, 288, 381, 385, 386; POL 215, 381; SOC 272
- Capstone experience (typically after completion of other program courses): LACS 396
Students must complete the Foundation and Distribution (FL) language requirement in Spanish, French or Portuguese and students are also strongly encouraged to pursue advanced coursework in one or more of the appropriate languages. Students should also take advantage of opportunities that will offer firsthand knowledge of the target culture(s) through formal study abroad, internships, or individual research. Various departments, for example, periodically offer study abroad programs in Latin America, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil. In addition to W&L and independent study abroad opportunities, the program also facilitates internship placement information.