Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies (Minor)

Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies (Minor)
Latin American Studies

What is Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean studies?

The Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean studies minor allows you to gain communication skills in Spanish while also developing a deeper understanding of the region and its cultures, including geography, history, linguistics, literature and politics. Students from a wide variety of majors in social sciences, humanities, fine arts, business, health and human services, and life sciences find knowledge of Latin America, U.S. Latinx, and Caribbean cultures and communities enriches their major fields of study and adds opportunities for their future careers, graduate study.

Why study Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean studies at UNH?

Studying Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies at UNH includes not only the opportunity to combine coursework in three distinct disciplines (such as history, literature/culture studies and anthropology) but also the opportunity to study abroad in countries such as Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba. Study abroad is encouraged but not required. You will be invited to participate in extracurricular activities that complement your studies, encouraged to seek out community engagement opportunities (volunteering, internships), and you will be guided by faculty advisors throughout your experience.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Communications/public relations
  • Community organizing/advocacy
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Foreign service/government/non-governmental organizations
  • Healthcare/public health
  • International law
  • Journalism/writing
  • Social services
  • Sustainability/conservation
  • Tourism

Lecturer of Spanish
Senior Lecturer of Spanish
Senior Lecturer
Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm 210G, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean studies is an interdisciplinary minor encompassing anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, linguistics, political science and Spanish. Knowledge of Latin America is especially valuable for students who plan to work in education, international organizations, government, social services, and business or for graduate studies related to Latin America.

For more information on the Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean studies minor (LALACS) contact Lori Hopkins.

Students can complete the minor by selecting any five courses (20 credits) representing at least three disciplines.

Enrollment in these five courses must follow the guidelines below to count for the minor:

  1. At least three courses must be taken in residence.
  2. All coursework required for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  3. Courses for the minor may not be taken pass/fail.

Academic study in Latin America is strongly recommended: Speak with faculty to help you find the study abroad program that best fits your interests. UNH and its affiliates offer several short- and long-term programs throughout Latin America.

Required Courses
HIST 532Modern Latin America 14
SPAN 504Intermediate Spanish II 24
Elective courses (see list below)12-16

An equivalent course as approved by a LALACS advisor can replace HIST 532 Modern Latin America.


Minimum of high-intermediate level proficiency in Spanish. Equivalent courses or equivalent testing may be counted here.

Elective Course List

Students should consult with an advisor or the course instructor to ensure that the majority of this coursework concentrates on Latin America.

ANTH 500Peoples and Cultures of the World (Topic: Latin America)4
ANTH 501World Archaeological Cultures (Topic: Mesoamerica)4
ANTH #674Archaeological Survey and Mapping in Belize4
CMN #515Analysis of News4
ECON #668Economic Development4
ENGL 560Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture4
ENGL 650I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture (Topic: Latina/o Literature)4
HIST 425Foreign Cultures (Topic: Women in Latin America)4
HIST 532Modern Latin America4
HIST 632Latin American History: Topics4
LING 790Special Topics in Linguistics Theory (Topic: Sustainable Languages)4
POLT 403United States in World Affairs4
POLT 548Drug Wars4
POLT 565United States Policy in Latin America4
POLT 795Advanced Study (Topic: The Politics of Poverty)1-4
SPAN 526Introduction to Latin American Cultures4
SPAN 631Advanced Conversation and Composition I4
SPAN 632Advanced Conversation and Composition II4
SPAN 641Spanish Language Variation & Change4
SPAN 647Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies4
SPAN 648The Hispanic World Today4
SPAN 650Hispanic Literature and Popular Culture4
SPAN #653Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought4
SPAN 654Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought4
SPAN 797Topics in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies4
SPAN 798Topics in Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies4
SW 697Special Topics in Social Welfare (Topic: Social Action in the Dominican Republic)4
SW 797Special Topics in Social Welfare (Topic: Social Action in the Dominican Republic)4


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