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Latin American Studies Minor


LASP welcomes Cornell undergraduates and graduates in all fields of study who are interested in studying and conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean, to apply for the LASP Minor.  


Benefits of a LASP Minor 

In today’s global economy, an ability to demonstrate knowledge of languages and cultures outside of the United States is an important qualification when seeking employment. The LASP minor will appear on your undergraduate transcript and you will receive a certificate from the program.


LASP Approved Minor course list: go to the bottom of this page and click on the pdf link "Approved Courses for the Minor"


Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in Latin American Studies is earned by completeing the following requirements:


Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese can be demonstrated in one of the two ways

1. Native speaker of Spanish or Portuguese determined by a Romance Studies Department language proficiency test (*language proficiency tests are only available at the beginning of each semester, please plan accordingly);

2. Successful completion of SPAN 2000 / PORT 2010 or PORT 2020 or any other higher level (2000 or above) Spanish or Portuguese language course (FLAC course count towards the elective credits but not the minor's language requirements).


Elective Courses:

In addition to the language requirement, minor candidates must complete a minimum of 15 credits in approved Latin American Studies Elective courses (listed as LATA in the Cornell Course Catalog). Students must earn a B in these courses. 

1. Selected courses must represent at least 2 different departments

2. Students must complete at least 1 advanced level course in Latin American Studies (3000-4000 level)



*If you would like to petition for a course or a study abroad semester to count towards the minor, please contact LASP or come into the office at 190 Uris Hall.


Graduate Minor

The graduate minor in Latin American Studies is earned by completing the following requirements: 

1. The graduate student should select a member of the Graduate Field in Latin American Studies to serve on their special committee. To find the selection of LASP Graduate Field Members, click here.

2. Graduate students must comply with the Graduate School's Code of Legislation.

3. The graduate student must complete the Graduate Concentration Application form (available on the Latin American Studies Program website).