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About the Minor

The minor program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) provides students majoring in other disciplines the opportunity to become familiar with Latin American social, cultural, economic, and political history, and a major language of the region. It can provide an appropriate cultural background for careers in business, journalism, government, teaching, or the nonprofit sector, or for graduate studies in one of the social sciences. The course of study is designed to be flexible so as to serve students in the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences.

No courses in the minor can be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors, nor can they be counted toward general education requirements. They must be taken for quality grades and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Minor at a Glance

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Program Requirements

The minor requirements include coursework, language proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, and the submission of a research paper from a LACS course. Students can choose every year from dozens of course listings across the disciplines.

Class of 2022 and beyond: Please see the detailed program requirements of the updated Latin American and Caribbean Studies major on the LACS page of the College catalog.

Class of 2021: Students will continue under the previous requirements, which may be found on the 2021 LACS requirements page.

Declaring a Minor

  1. Please map your plan to complete the BA minor on this minor plan, and then send it to CLAS student affairs coordinator, Lindsay Ortega. Please contact Lindsay if you have any questions about your preliminary plan of study.
  2. Meet with Lindsay and with the LACS program adviser, Diana Schwartz Francisco, before the end of Spring quarter of your 3rd year to declare your intention to complete the program.
  3. Submit your Consent to Complete a Minor form to your College adviser. This form should be submitted no later than Spring Quarter of your third year.


Questions? Contact Diana Schwartz Francisco, LACS program adviser, or Lindsay Ortega, CLAS student affairs coordinator.