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Latin American Studies Undergraduate Minor

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LACS welcomes Cornell undergraduates in all fields of study who are interested in studying and conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean to apply for the Latin American Studies minor. 

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


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

1. By passing a Romance Studies Department CASE language proficiency test at a Q++ level (language proficiency tests are only available at the beginning of each semester, please plan accordingly). However, before taking the CASE exam you need to take the COLLT (Cornell On-Line Language Test) for  Spanish (Questions? Email Sam Lupowitz).


2. Successfully completing SPAN 2095 (or one Spanish course at a higher level if you placement tested out of 2095) or PORT 2010 or PORT 2020 language course (FLAC courses count towards the 15 elective credits below but not the minor's language requirement).

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 or higher in these courses. 

1. Selected courses must represent at least two different departments. 

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

3. We don't require, but highly recommend, at least one semester of participation in the LACS Seminar Series course LATA 4000, this counts towards completing elective course requirement #2 above.

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

Language and Elective Course List

How to Apply

Complete the LACS Undergraduate Minor Application online. 


Interested in a graduate minor? Learn more about the Latin American Studies Graduate Minor. 

Additional Information

Academic Type

  • Minor