Latin American Studies, Minor


Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Minor Requirements

Students are encouraged to focus on an area of interest in Latin America, such as a country, region, or social issue affecting a particular region. The Latin American Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program consisting of courses dealing with Latin America and the Caribbean with course offerings from several departments.

Lower division: CLAS 70 (3 units)
Choose one of the following: HIST 3 or HIST 8  (3 units)

Upper-division courses (12 units)
Select from CLAS 112, CLAS 114, CLAS 115, CLAS 180T*, CLAS 190*; AFRS 130T*, ARTH 173, ARTH 175, ECON 114, ECON 178, ECON 179, ECON 181, ECON 188T*, SPAN 125, SPAN 143, SPAN 145, SPAN 147, SPAN 148T*, GEOG 170T, HIST 145, HIST 160, HIST 162, HIST 165, HIST 166, HIST 169T, HIST 183, HUM 130, PHIL 132, PLSI 121, PLSI 126, PLSI 146T, WGSS 135

Total (18 units)

Minor Advising Notes

  1. *Special topics or directed reading courses must have subject matter dealing with Latin America, the Caribbean, or must focus on issues affecting those areas.
  2. Courses taken to complete major requirements cannot be double-counted for the minor.
  3. Courses taken to complete General Education Integration requirements can be double-counted for the minor.
  4. Other acceptable courses can be substituted to satisfy minor requirements with approval of your CLAS advisor.


The Chicano and Latin American Studies Department consists of faculty whose teaching and research expertise cover a broad spectrum, including anthropology, education, history, sociology, political science, Latin America, Latinx literature, and the arts. CLAS hosts the yearly Latin American Film Festival to bring Latin American films and filmmakers to the Central Valley. The department is home to one of Central California’s premier Mexican folkloric dance programs, Los Danzantes de Aztlán. This performance troupe is the only group of its kind in the entire CSU system to be designated as an official representative of a CSU campus (Fresno). The offices of the department also serve as a resource center for many of the Chicanx/Latinx student organizations and as an information center for the community.

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