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 Minor Requirements  

The Latin American Studies minor allows students to explore interdisciplinary approaches to the study of an important region of the world while pursuing a major in an academic discipline.

  • 7 classes (28 units) are required to complete the minor in Latin American Studies.
  • 5 of which (20 units) must be upper-division.
  • These courses need to be approved Latin American Studies classes in the humanities and social sciences departments. 
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn at least a C- in each course counted toward the major, with the sole exception of LATI 199.


  • LATI 50: Introduction to Latin America (4 units)
  • LATI 10: Latin American Studies & US Liberation Movements (4 units)
  • Foreign Language Proficiency: Students can fulfill this requirement through a placement test, studying abroad in a UCSD-approved program, or completing one (4 units) of the following courses in Spanish or Portuguese Literature:
    • LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or2E
    • LIPO 1D/1DX, 15, 16, or 17
*Please note, the courses listed above do not include the additional course work that may be need to meet the language proficiency. If you choose to satisfy the language requirement through exam and not a language course, you will still need to make up the units (4 units) through either a lower division or upper division course. Language exams waive the foreign language requirement, they do not waive unit requirements.  


  1. Two of the following core courses (eight units):
    • HILA 102. Latin America in the Twentieth Century
    • SOCI 188D. Latin America: Society and Politics
    • POLI 146A. U.S.–Latin America: Political/Economic Relations
    • LATI 130. Latinx Environmental Justice
    • LATI 140. Decolonial Thought and Practices in Latin America
    • LATI 160. Latin American Third Cinema
    • LATI 170. Social Science Research in Latin America: Anthropology "Upside Down"
  1. LATI 150. Digital Orval History in Latin America (four units)
  2. LATI 180. Special Topics in Latin American Studies (four units)
  3. One elective course from the list of approved Latin American studies courses (four units)