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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

MINOR At a Glance (detailed in text below)

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.

Please visit the LACS page of the College catalog for detailed program requirements of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor.

Declaring a Minor

  1. Please contact Diana Schwartz Francisco, LACS program adviser, to schedule a meeting and go over your plan of study. You may want to complete the BA Minor Plan in preparation for the meeting.

  2. 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.


Contact Diana Schwartz Francisco,
LACS program adviser.