Latin American Studies Minor
The LAS minor allows students to develop a concentration in Latin American studies as a supplement to their regular disciplinary major(s). The minor examines Latin America’s languages, cultures, religions, history, politics and the role that the region plays in international and inter-American affairs.
Who should declare a minor in Latin American Studies?
- Students interested in Latin American history, art, culture and politics
- Students who want to study or work in Latin America or have already spent some time there
- Students preparing for careers in international politics, international business, foreign service, or teaching
- Students who wish to demonstrate regional expertise to employers or graduate schools
A minimum of 24 credits is required to complete the Latin American Studies minor.
59-402 Seminar in International Studies
Students must complete 21 additional credits from courses in the Latin American Studies course list. Additionally, student must include at least one course from four different of the departments/disciplines within the list.
Students are strongly advised to include at least two years of Spanish in their studies.
Latin American Studies Courses
Art 209 Art History Survey I
Art 210 Art History Survey II
Art 310 Art History, Ancient Art
Art 311 Art History, Medieval Art
Art 312 Art History, Gothic Art and Architecture
Art 313 Art History, Italian Renaissance
Art 314 Art History, Northern Renaissance Art
Art 315 Art History, European Baroque and Rococo Art, 17th and 18th Centuries
Art 320 Art History, European Art, 19th-Century
Art 321 Art History, Modern, 1900-1945
Art 325 Art History, Greek and Roman Art
Economics 309 Marxian Economics
Economics 420 International Finance and Trade
Economics 421 Honors: International Finance and Trade
Economics 427 Economic and Social Development of Great Britain
Economics 428 Economics of European Integration and Growth
English 210 Classical and Medieval Literature
English 225 Modern British Literature
English 351 Medieval Literature: Optional Content
English 365 Modern British Fiction: Optional Content
French 306 Contemporary France
French 309 French Speaking Societies and Cultures
French 315 Medieval and Modern French Literature
French 318 French Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries
French 321 French and Francophone Literature of the 20th Century
French 330 French Civilization
French 331 La Civilisation française à travers les arts
French 401 Thèmes littèraires
French 403 Le genre littéraire
French 405 Le cinéma français
German 306 Landeskunde: Introduction to the German-Speaking World
German 308 Introduction to German Literature
German 315 Medieval and Early Modern German Literature
German 318 German Literature of the late 18th and 19th Centuries
German 321 German Literature of the Twentieth Century to the Present
German 323 Multicultural Germany
German 325 German Mass Media and Current Events
German 327 The German Fairy Tale Tradition
German 330 German Civilization
Spanish 315 Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literatures
Spanish 318 Spanish Literatures: 18th Century to the Present
Spanish 332 Spanish Civilization
Spanish 362 Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Optional Content
Spanish 363 Special Topics in Spanish Civilization: Optional Content
Spanish 401 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Spanish 404 Spanish Golden Age Literature
Spanish 412 The 20th Century
Geography 331 Europe
Geography 338 Russian Realm
History 101 Early Civilization
History 102 Modern Civilization
History 103 Honors: Modern Civilization
History 302 Ancient Greece
History 303 Roman History
History 304 Early Middle Ages, 300-1050
History 305 Late Middle Ages, 1050-1450
History 306 The Crusades
History 308 Renaissance Europe
History 309 The Viking Age
History 310 Reformation Europe
History 312 Special Topics in European History: Optional Content
History 316 Romanticism and Revolution in Europe
History 318 Modernism and Nationalism in Europe
History 319 Europe Since 1914
History 322 European Absolutism
History 323 Old Regime, French Revolution and Napoleon, 1763-1815
History 329 Culture and Society in Eighteenth Century France
History 330 Imperial Germany
History 331 Germany from World War I to Present
History 332 Rise and Fall of Third Reich, 1919-1945
History 333 The Holocaust
History 334 Women in Modern European History
History 340 The Scientific Revolution
History 343 Religion in Modern Europe
History 344 Europe since 1945
History 350 Modern East Europe
History 370 Russia to 1861
History 371 Modern Russia
History 372 Medieval Britain to 1485
History 373 Early Modern Britain: 1485 – 1714
History 374 Modern Britain: 1714 – Present
History 412 European History Seminar
Music 205 Survey of Music History I
Music 207 Survey of Music History II
Philosophy 301 History of Ancient Western Philosophy
Philosophy 305 History of Modern Western Philosophy
Poli Science 301 European Union Politics
Poli Science 309 West European Politics
Poli Science 317 United States Foreign Policy
Poli Science 336 Russian Politics
Rel. Studies 210 Christianity
A minor in Latin American Studies helps to prepare students for a wide variety of occupations and careers including:
•U.S. Governmental Agencies (State Department, Foreign Service, U.S. Information Service, Agency for International Development, etc.)
•International Organizations (Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank)
•International non-governmental organizations (World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International, etc.)
•Multinational corporations with branches in Latin America;
•Domestic, state and local agencies serving Hispanics.
For some jobs, additional graduate work in either Latin American Studies or a traditional discipline may be necessary. Many students go on to pursue M.A., M.B.A., J.D., or Ph.D. degrees.
Students are encouraged to make use of the UW-Oshkosh Career Services Office and involve their college and faculty advisors in their career and post-graduate planning.
LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center
A fantastic comprehensive research resource from the University of Texas at Austin.
The Handbook of Latin American Studies
The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW Milwaukee
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as one of sixteen Title VI National Resource Centers for Latin American Language and Area Studies. As such, CLACS provides extensive resources and services for K-16 educators. CLACS also offers public programming, including the annual spring Latin American Film Series, and the Community Outreach Small Grants program.
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
LASA is the largest professional association for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. Their website has a helpful of links for research resources.
The Oppenheimer Report on Latin America Blog
Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer, author of five best-sellers on Latin American affairs and whose syndicated column appears in 55 major U.S. and Latin American newspapers, comments on the latest events in Latin America and U.S.- Latin American affairs.
Latin American Politics Blog
This is the political analysis blog of Thiago de Aragão, who is the FPC’s (Foreign Policy Centre – London) Latin American Senior Research Associate and the Director for Latin American Political Risk Analysis at Arko Advice , the leading political analysis company in Brazil. Thiago is also the Latin American Fellow for the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank based in London, England.
Inside South America Blog
This blog is written by Jack Chang of McClatchy Newspapers. He’s based in Rio de Janeiro but travels widely around the continent. It is opinionated and has a great resource list for links to relevant websites and other blogs (see the blog roll).
Note: Courses which satisfy the credit requirements of this minor also count toward an International Studies Major, enabling students to combine the two into a package of complementing specializations.
Latin American Studies Minor Faculty
Dr. Heike Alberts, Geography Department
Dr. Peter Brown, Anthropology Department
Dr. Catherine Bryan, Global Languages and Literature Department
Dr. Rocio Cortes, Global Languages and Literature Department, Latin American Studies Coordinator
Dr. Elena Gonzalez-Muntaner, Global Languages and Literature Department
Dr. Ana Maria Kapelusz-Poppi, History Department
Dr. Druscilla Scribner, Political Science Department.
Dr. Charles Thomas, Global Languages and Literature Department