The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Wake Forest University provides students with the opportunity to undertake a multidisciplinary study of the history, geography, economics and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean, and of the Latino population in the U.S.

Declaring the Minor

To declare the Latin American and Latino Studies Minor, you need to complete the online Add/Drop: Major, Minor, and Concentration form which can be found in Virtual Campus (WIN). For instructions, please visit the Registrar’s website.

Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies

The Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies consists of a total of 15 hours; 3 of these (but no more) may also count toward the student’s major.  Courses applied toward other minors may also be applied toward the Latin-American and Latino Studies minor.  Candidates for the minor are required to take LAS 210. In addition, candidates take 12 hours of coursework related to Latin America or to Latinos in the U.S.  No more than 6 of these 12 hours may be in a single discipline.

Candidates should demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese either by completing at least one Spanish or Portuguese course at the 200 level or by undergoing an oral proficiency interview with a member of the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages.

For an updated list of approved courses available this semester, please visit the Current Offerings section of the website. Please note that the required LAS 210 course is taught once a year. Minors should plan accordingly.

Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LAS)

210. Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies. – 3 credit hours
Introduces the historical, economic, cultural and social issues that shape Latin America and affect Latinos in the U.S. Offered once a year.

Politics & International Affairs
Women’s & Gender Studies

ANT 301: Free Trade, Fair Trade: Independent Entrepreneurs in the Global Market
ANT 327: Global Justice and Human Rights in Latin America
ANT 342: Development Wars: Applying Anthropology
ANT 360: Anthropology of Global Health
ANT 383 & 384: Field program in Cultural Anthropology and Field Program in Cultural Anthropology
ANT 385 & 386: Special Problems Seminar and Special Problems Seminar*


*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


BIO 349:  Tropical Biodiversity


ECN 251: International Trade
ECN 252:
International Finance*
ECN 258:
Economic Growth and Development


*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


ENG 357: Studies in Chicano/a Literature


HST 104: World Civilizations since 1500*
HST 108:
Americas and the World
HST 275:
Modern Latin America
HST 284:
Latin America's Colonial Past
HST 311:
Special Topics in History*
HST 359:
Prostitutes, Machos, and Travestis: Sex & Gender in Latin American History
HST 374:
Protest and Rebellion in Latin America
HST 390:
Research Seminar*


*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


HMN 183: Contemporary Argentine Experience
HMN 186: Contemporary Chilean Experience
HMN 214: European Drama
HMN 223: African and Caribbean Literature


MUS 210:  Survey of Latin American Music

Politics & International Affairs

POL 210: Latino/a Political Behavior
POL 224: Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 236: Politics of Human Rights
POL 240:
Politics of Human Rights
POL 242:
Topics in Comparative Politics*
POL 257:
Politics of International Development
POL 300:
Senior Seminar in Political Science*


*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


PTG 111 & 112: Elementary Portuguese & Elementary Portuguese**
PTG 113: Intensive Elementary Portuguese
PTG 154: Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese
PTG 212: Exploring the Lusophone World

**Students must complete both PTG 111 & PTG 112 to receive 3 hours towards the minor


REL 130B: Introduction to Latin American Christian Traditions
REL 390: Special Topics in Religion*

*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


SOC 356: Sociology of Immigration
SOC 359: Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 386: Special Topics Seminar in Culture and Social Movements*


*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


SPA 309: Grammar and Composition
SPA 309L: Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers of Spanish
SPA 310: Anecdotes, Bestsellers, Cuentos. The ABCs of Storytelling in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPA 311: Bard, Ballad, Bolero. Poetry, and Song in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPA 312: Page, Stage, and Performance. Theater and Drama of the Spanish-Speaking World
SPA 313:
Lights, Camera, ¡Acción!. Cinema and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPA 316: Paradise in Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Wider Caribbean
SPA 317:
Distant Neighbors: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mexico and Central America
SPA 318: The Andes to Patagonia: Interdisciplinary Approaches to South American Culture
SPA 319:
Literary and Cultural Studies of Spanish America
SPA 322: Spanish pronunciation and Dialect Variation
SPA 325: Spanish for Business I
SPA 326: International Business: Spain/Latin America
SPA 327: Spanish for Business II
SPA 329: Intermediate Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies*
SPA 341: European-American Encounters, 1492 to the Present
SPA 342: From Colonial to Postcolonial Voices
SPA 343: Travel Literature
SPA 344: The 18th- and 19th-century Periodical Press in Spain and Spanish America
SPA 345: The Transatlantic Civil War
SPA 346: Transatlantic Transitions: Postdictatorship in Spain and the Southern Cone
SPA 347: Contemporary Theater in Spain and Spanish America
SPA 348: Contemporary Women Novelists and their Female Characters*
SPA 349: Great Authors and Directors*
SPA 350: Film Adaptations of Literary Works*
SPA 351: Cinema and Society*
SPA 355: Romantic Nationalism, Avant-garde Nihilism, and the Deconstruction of Utopia
SPA 356: Transgressing Borders: Identity in Latin-American and U.S. Latino Cultures
SPA 357: Spanish American Short Story
SPA 358: Spanish-American Novel
SPA 359: Spanish-American Theater: From Page to Stage
SPA 360: Contemporary Theatre
SPA 361:
Fictions of Mexican Revolution
SPA 363: Cultural and Social Entrepreneurship: Promotion of Latin American and Latino Societies
SPA 366: Advanced Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies*
SPA 367: Cuban Literature (offered in Havana)
SPA 368: Afro Cuban Cultural Expression (offered in Havana)
SPA 369: Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies*
SPA 379: Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics*
SPA 387: Cultural Industries and Institutions in Spain and Spanish America
SPA 388: Global Negotiation and Conflict-Management Skills in a Spanish-Speaking Setting
SPA 390: International Business: Spain and Latin America
SPA 397: Spanish Independent Study*
SPA 398: Honors Directed Reading and Research*
SPA 399: Honors Directed Writing*

*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies




Women’s & Gender Studies

WGS 322: Feminist, Womanist, Murjerista Theologies: Constructive Perspectives on Christian Thought
WGS 377: Special Topics*

*If related to Latin American & Latino Studies


For more information on the minor in Latin American and Latino Studies, please contact Dr. Ana-Maria Wahl, Program Director, or consult the most updated undergraduate school bulletin.