Minor in Latin American Studies

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 Studies. 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 fields.

Program Requirements and Policies

  • 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 this limitation. accepted for transfer credits. Courses taken at Tufts programs abroad are exempt from this limitation.

Course Requirements

  1. Study of one of the region' s languages for three years or the equivalent.
  2. Five courses in Latin American Studies, including at least one course from each of two disciplinary areas: Arts, Literature, and Culture, and Social Science.
  3. 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 will 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 Latinx Studies courses. Students can credit no more than one Latinx Studies course for the Latin American Studies minor.