Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies
Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies
Upon completing the minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with interdisciplinary area studies research.
- Interpret the historical, cultural, and political dynamics that comprise a specific region selected by the student for in-depth study.
- Apply critical perspectives on legacies and ongoing forces that are local and global in scope from the field of Latin American and Latinx Studies.
Requirements for the Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies
Students pursuing the minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies must complete:
- A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
- A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
- A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
While taking courses in a language other than English is not required for the minor, study abroad and coursework in languages spoken in Latin American and Latinx communities other than English are highly encouraged (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Indigenous languages).
The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies||18|
|LALX 158 / SPAN 158||INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES||3|
|Elective Requirements 1|
|Select 1 course at the 200-level (or above) from department approved electives (see course list below)||3|
|Select 4 courses at the 300-level (or above) from department approved electives (see course list below)||12|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
Footnotes and Additional Information
Of the 6 courses (18 credit hours) required for the minor, a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above. Please note that not all courses listed to fulfill requirements will be offered every academic year. Courses at the 100-level will not fulfill minor requirements.
Course List to Satisfy Requirements
Students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours) from the following department approved electives. At least 4 courses (12 credit hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above. 1 course (3 credit hours) may be taken at the 200-level (or above). Courses at the 100-level will not fulfill minor requirements.
|Department Approved Electives - School of Humanities|
|EDUC 304||RACE, CLASS, GENDER IN EDUCATION||3|
|ENGL 369 / SWGS 329||THE AMERICAN WEST AND ITS OTHERS||3|
|ENGL 371 / SPAN 396 / SWGS 354||CHICANO/A LITERATURE||3|
|ENST 301||ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE||3|
|FREN 313||MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD||3|
|FREN 433||FRENCH CARIBBEAN ECOCRITICISM||3|
|FREN 478 / ARCR 478||THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH||3|
|HART 265||A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|HART 302||FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE||3|
|HART 315||ART AND ACTIVISM: CREATIVE PROTESTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAS||3|
|HART 375 / ARCH 375||LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES||3|
|HART 465||LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM||3|
|HIST 176||MEXICO: AN INTRODUCTION||3|
|HIST 188||THE ATLANTIC WORLD: ORIGINS TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION||3|
|HIST 215||BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS||3|
|HIST 220||MEXICO: 1910 TO PRESENT||3|
|HIST 227||LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS||3|
|HIST 228||MODERN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|HIST 239||NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: FROM EUROPEAN CONTACT TO THE ERA OF REMOVAL||3|
|HIST 328||POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|HIST 330||ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA||3|
|HIST 331||THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION||3|
|HIST 366 / ARCH 366||RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY||3|
|HIST 420||MEXICAN HISTORY||3|
|HIST 421||RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH||3|
|HIST 478||TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY||3|
|LALX 251 / HIST 251||CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY||3|
|LALX 350||PIRATES, REBELS, NARCOS: LATIN AMERICAN OUTLAWS IN THE POLITICAL-CULTURAL IMAGINATION||3|
|LALX 378||LATIN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT: IDENTITY, LIBERATION, MODERNITY||3|
|LALX 492||DIRECTED RESEARCH||3|
|SPAN 343||ART IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE||3|
|SPAN 344||MAPPING LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE||3|
|SPAN 356||RACE, GENDER, CLASS, & ENVIRONMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICAN CULTURES||3|
|SPAN 368||LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FICTION||3|
|SPAN 370||DISABLED BODIES: ILLNESS AND LITERATURE IN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|SPAN 373||TWENTIETH CENTURY MEXICAN NOVEL||3|
|SPAN 376||THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION IN LITERATURE, MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS||3|
|SPAN 383||SPANISH CREATIVE WRITING||3|
|SPAN 384||LITERATURES FROM THE SOUTHERN CONE||3|
|SPAN 390 / SWGS 390||HISPANIC CINEMA||3|
|SPAN 391||CARIBBEAN LITERATURE||3|
|SPAN 392 / FILM 339 / HART 304||A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE||3|
|SPAN 402||THE CITY IN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|SPAN 403||LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|SPAN 405||LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE MOVIES||3|
|SPAN 406||LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA||3|
|SPAN 451||WITNESSING, TRUTH & TRAUMA: TESTIMONIAL WRITING IN MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA||3|
|SPAN 453||BORDER NARRATIVES||3|
|SPAN 456 / SWGS 466||LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S CULTURE||3|
|SPAN 462||BOOM-BOOM-CRACK: LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL||3|
|SPAN 491||DIRECTED RESEARCH||3|
|Department Approved Electives - School of Social Sciences|
|ANTH 290||HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY||3|
|ANTH 361||LATIN AMERICAN TOPICS||3|
|ANTH 392||KINGS, QUEENS, AND COMMONERS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT MESOAMERICA||3|
|ANTH 394||THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SLAVERY AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA||3|
|EDUC 304||RACE, CLASS, GENDER IN EDUCATION||3|
|POLI 328||LATINO POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES||3|
|POLI 330||MINORITY POLITICS||3|
|POLI 352||THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF MEXICO||3|
|POLI 354||LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS||3|
|POLI 450||ELECTIONS IN THE AMERICAS||3|
|POLI 459||SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|SOCI 301||SOCIAL INEQUALITY||3|
|SOCI 309||RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS||3|
|SOCI 340||SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION||3|
Policies for the Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies
Program Restrictions and Exclusions
Students pursuing the minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:
- As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.
For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.
Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines
Students pursuing the minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:
- No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor.
- Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.
- Courses taken at another university must be equivalent in required reading, writing, research and testing, as well as classroom hours, of a Rice course. Regarding subject matter, however, there does not have to be an equivalent course in the Rice course offerings, unless the student requires distribution credit.
- Rice students planning to study at a foreign university must also obtain pre-approval from the Rice Study Abroad Office.
- Transfer credit coursework received via the articulation of AP, IB or A-level credit will not be considered towards minor requirements.
Distribution Credit Information
The determination of distribution credit eligibility is done initially as part of the new course creation process. Additionally, as part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution credit eligibility is routinely reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.
Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-credit-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution-credit-eligible at the time of course registration.
Distribution courses from the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures are broad in theme and scope and provide students with a substantial inquiry into literature, art, media, history, thought, and/or politics, including specific national traditions, linguistic contexts, and historical periods. Such courses involve a broad and often interdisciplinary spectrum of knowledge, providing students with the tools for thinking critically about the formation of modern culture, its colonial past, and its national and linguistic traditions from antiquity to the present.
For additional information, please see the Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures website: https://cultures.rice.edu
Opportunities for the Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies
The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.