Course Sequence - Minor in Latin American Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a minor in Latin American Studies. The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the cultures, histories, languages and societies of a region that has roughly five hundred million people, as well as close and growing ties to Canada. Open to students from all faculties, the program represents a unique chance to complement a main field of studies through a mind-broadening exploration of a changing, diverse world. Students will study Latin America from the perspective of multiple disciplines thanks to interdepartmental and interfaculty courses, conferences, discussion groups and cultural activities. By introducing this minor, the University wants to help students discover a new and exciting field of studies, expand their knowledge base by acquiring insights into the multiple facets of Latin America, gain intercultural and multidisciplinary competence, and become familiar with the many voices from this immense region of the world.


  • Minor in Latin American Studies

Language of instruction

The language courses are taught in Spanish or in Portuguese. Other courses are offered in either English or French.


This program leads to careers in:

  • Diplomatic service
  • Tourism
  • Cultural affairs
  • International business

What can I do with my studies?

( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for students with a minor in Latin American Studies. 

A minor may be taken as the second program of an honours bachelor with major and minor, an honours bachelor with specialization and minor, or an honours bachelor’s (multidisciplinary) offered by the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences and Health Sciences. It may also be taken as a first program in a three-year General Bachelor of Arts with Minor.

The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.

Minor in Latin American Studies - 30 CREDITS

6 language credits in one of the following languages:
ESP1991Cours élémentaire d’espagnol I / Elementary Spanish I 13
ESP1992Cours élémentaire d’espagnol II / Elementary Spanish II 13
POR1901Cours élémentaire de portugais I / Elementary Portuguese I 13
POR1902 Cours élémentaire de portugais II / Elementary Portuguese II 13

6 credits from courses offered at the Faculty of Arts 2
ELA1102Latin American Cultures I3
ELA2102Latin American Cultures II3
ELA3110Selected Topics in Latin American Studies: Cultural Issues3
ESP1101Introduction to Spanish Culture3
ESP2100 Special Topics in Spanish and Latin American Culture3
ESP2101Spanish and Latin American Cinema3
ESP2301Hispanic Literature in Translation3
GEG3315Geography of Latin America3
HIS2170Latin America, Colonial Period3
HIS2171Latin America, Modern Period3
HIS3195Selected Topics in Latin American History3
POR2101The Culture of Portuguese-Speaking Countries I3
POR2102The Culture of Portuguese-Speaking Countries II3
POR3101Literature and Cinema of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries3

6 credits from courses offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences 
ANT3340Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean3
DVM4130 International Development Issues in Latin America3
POL3145Comparative Politics: Latin America3
SCS3160Selected Topics in Latin American Studies: Socio-Political Issues3
12 optional credits from the courses offered at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences 2


1 Students whose level of proficiency is higher than elementary in Spanish or Portuguese, as    established by a placement test, will take either 6 credits at the intermediate or advanced        level or 6 credits in the other language.

2 A maximum of 9 credits in a given discipline. 

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