Requirements for the Minor

Students who wish to minor in Latin American Studies must complete a minimum of 18 credits comprising of at least six courses offered by the Program in Latin American Studies ( or cross-listed with the Program in Latin American Studies.  In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate language in either Spanish or Portuguese by either taking courses or by proficiency documentation through the language program. Language courses taken to meet the minimum proficiency of the minor do not count towards the six required courses.  Of the six courses required: (1) no more than two may be in additional language study (, (2) two must be taken outside of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, and (3) four courses must be at the 300-400 level.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade and be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Language Proficiency Requirement:
Language Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese through the intermediate level *0-14
Six Latin American Studies Courses:
Two Latin American Studies courses at any level (100-400) **6
Four Latin American Studies courses at the 300 or 400 level12
Total Credits18-32

Language requirements can be waived for those who demonstrate suitable proficiency (via placement exam) in either Spanish or Portuguese, or in an Amerindian language such as Quechua or Guarani.


3-credit intersession courses offered by JHU may be used to fulfill this requirement. All courses should be at least three credits and either be courses or cross-listed with the Program in Latin American Studies.