Latin American and Latino Studies Minor

The Latin American and Latino studies program integrates a series of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts designed to acquaint students with the experiences and cultural expressions of Latin America and of the Latino communities in the United States. This interdisciplinary approach aims to expose students to the methods, materials, and tools of various disciplines while addressing two of the program's and the University's interrelated goals: to foster understanding of New York's local immigrant or diasporic Latino communities and to develop effective, international, global citizenship through learning and service. The major prepares students to enter the fields of law, international relations, business and finance, social and foreign service, humanitarian affairs, teaching, Hispanic media and communications, publishing, business, finance, and graduate or professional study.

The minor consists of six courses:

Course Title Credits
One introductory course3 to 4
Two courses from the social sciences6 to 8
Two courses from the humanities/arts6 to 8
One elective3 to 4

See the Latin American and Latino studies major for a list of courses that fulfill these requirements.

Language competency in Spanish is highly recommended but not required. Majors and minors are encouraged to take at least one Latin American/Latino literature course above the 2001 level. Students are highly encouraged to consider study abroad programs in Latin America or Spain.

Courses that fulfill college requirements may, where appropriate, be credited toward the major or minor. Students whose particular interests do not conform to the pattern of electives described above are encouraged to consult with the LALS director or the associate director to work out a program more appropriate to their needs.


The minor in Latin American and Latino studies is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.