The Minor

Students are required to complete 20 units of course work. Specifically, the minor stipulates that they take the gateway requirement of one 4-unit course and 16 elective units or four courses. These four courses must be spread across at least two disciplines and/or departments.

1) Required Course (4 units):

Students are required to take one of the following 4-unit gateway INTRODUCTORY courses:

REL/AMST 133, COLT 250, HIST 273, HIST 372, IR 364, IR 365, POSC 350.

2) Area Courses (16 units):

Students choose four courses on Latin America outside of their department and dedicated exclusively to the minor. These courses must be spread across at least two disciplines or departments. If the student has chosen a lower-division (100- or 200-level) course among the introductory choices, all Area Electives must be at the upper-division (300- or 400-level):

AHIS127    AHIS128    AHIS318    AHIS319  AHIS411    AMST448    ANTH425    COLT250    ECON340    
GEOG335    HIST272    HIST370    HIST371    HIST372    HIST374    HIST451    HIST456    HIST470   
HIST473    HIST474    IR  364    IR  365    IR  408    IR  426    IR  454    IR  465    IR  466   
PORT250    POSC350    POSC430    POSC431    SOCI366    SOCI420    SPAN320    SPAN321   
SPAN372    SPAN462    SPAN495

  • Courses must be taken for letter grades (excludes CR/NC courses taken thru USC Overseas Programs)
  • All courses must be taken at USC or through a USC Dornsife-approved study abroad program
  • At least four (4) courses (16-units) must be unique to the minor
  • At least four (4) courses (16-units) must be outside of the major
  • Many courses that are taken in Latin America are eligible for degree credit (check with advisor)


Students are encouraged to study abroad either in the fall, spring, or summer terms. Students pursuing a minor in Latin American Studies are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take advantage of USC’s study abroad opportunities in Latin America. Living and studying in a foreign country provides an introduction to the culture and immersion in its language.  Semester/Academic Year Programs in Latin America are available through the USC Overseas Studies Office. Summer Programs in Latin America are also available through the Spanish & Portuguese Department. Summer programs are subject to change every year. 


Latin American Studies Courses

AHIS 127g Arts and Civilizations of Ancient Middle and South America – A survey of the art, architecture, and archaeology of the diverse array of peoples and cultures in ancient Mesoamerica and the South American Andean Mountains.

AHIS 128g: Arts of Latin America – Survey of the art, architecture, and visual culture of Latin America from the colonial period to the present, focusing on connections to culture and society.

AHIS 318 Arts of the Ancient Andes – Survey of the art and architecture of the ancient cultures of the Andes in South America.

AHIS 319 Mesoamerican Art and Culture – Introductory survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture of Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquest presented in their social, cultural, and political contexts.

AHIS 411 Studies in Arts of the Ancient Americas (4 units, max 16) – In-depth exploration of a specified topic in the arts of the ancient Americas, which includes North, Central, and South America.

AMST 448m Chicano and Latino Literature – Development of poetry, essay, short story and novel of the Chicano and Latino peoples of the United States, with particular emphasis on the differentiating characteristics between the multiple cultures that constitute the Latino populations. (Duplicates credit in former ENGL 448m.)

ANTH 425 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America – Cultures of the indigenous peoples of South America; results of Spanish conquest and colonization; present folk societies and their cultures.

COLT 250g Cultures of Latin America – Comparative study of Latin American cultures, especially vis-a-vis those of Europe and the U.S. Materials drawn from literature, but also film, opera, history, cultural theory.

ECON 340 Economics of Less Developed Countries – Causes of economic underdevelopment: historical, institutional, structural, ideological, technological, cultural. Patterns and theories of development. Role of government, international trade, and education in economic growth. Prerequisite: ECON 203 or ECON 205.

GEOG 335: Geography of Latin America – No additional information available.
*Hasn’t been offered since 2007*

HIST 272: Native History and Historians: Mexico and Peru to 1615 – Introduction to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes, the causes and consequences of the Spanish conquest and the establishment of colonial societies and economies.
*Hasn’t been offered since 2009*

HIST 273g Colonial Latin America – Introduction to Colonial Latin America; native American peoples, themes, issues, and evolution of Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule to ca. 1800.

HIST 370 Spanish America, 1492–1821 – Topics in Spanish colonialism in Americas, with a focus on how religious, sexual, and racial differences shaped colonial policies and practices.

HIST 372 Modern Latin America – Exploration of major themes and events in Latin American history from independence to the present. Upper-division standing.

HIST 374 History of Mexico – The native cultures of Meso-America; colonial government, economy, and society; independence and 19th century liberalism; the Mexican revolution, 1910 to 1950. (Duplicates credit in former HIST 450.)

HIST 451 The Mexican Revolution (4 units, 2 years)The roots, trajectory and outcome of the Mexican revolution of 1910.

HIST 456 Race, Slavery, and the Making of the Atlantic World – Introduction to the literature of the Atlantic World with a focus on slavery and its role in the emergence of the modern era. Seminar enrollment limited to 15 students.

HIST 470 The Spanish Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World (4 units, 2 years) – The Spanish Inquisition in Spain and Colonial Latin America, major theories and interpretations. Junior or senior standing recommended.

HIST 473 Colonial Latin America Seminar – The history of colonial Latin America, focusing on the transformation of native Americans and Europeans into participants in a new colonial tradition. Upper-division standing. (Duplicates credit in former HIST 371.)

HIST 474 Sex, Gender, and Colonialism in Latin America, 1492 to 1820 (4 units, 2 years) – Seminar overview of the historical literature on women, gender, and sexuality in colonial Latin America.

*updated May 27, 2014