The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a minor in Latin American Studies. The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the cultures, histories, languages and societies of a region that has roughly five hundred million people, as well as close and growing ties to Canada. 

Open to students from all faculties, the program represents a unique chance to complement your main field of studies through a mind-broadening exploration of a changing, heterogeneous universe. For instance, you have the opportunity to study Latin America from the perspective of multiple disciplines thanks to interdepartmental and interfaculty courses, conferences, discussion groups and cultural activities. 

By introducing this minor, the University wants to help you discover a new and exciting field of studies, expand your knowledge base by acquiring insights into the multiple facets of Latin America, gain intercultural and multidisciplinary competence, and become well acquainted with the polyphonic discourse of this immense region of the world.

All of our language courses are taught in Spanish or in Portuguese. Other courses are offered in English or in French. 

The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.

6 language course credits in one of the following languages:6 Units
Option 1: Spanish
Elementary Spanish I 1
Elementary Spanish II 1
Option 2: Portuguese
Elementary Portuguese I 1
Elementary Portuguese II 1
6 optional course units from the list of optional courses offered at the Faculty of Arts 26 Units
6 optional course units from the list of optional courses offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences6 Units
12 optional course units from the lists of optional courses offered at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences 212 Units
Total: 30 Units

Note(s)

1

Students whose level of proficiency is higher than elementary in Spanish or Portuguese as established by a placement test, will either take 6 course units at the intermediate or advanced level or 6 course units in the other languages.

2

A maximum of 9 course units in a given discipline.

List of Optional Courses

Optional courses at the Faculty of Arts
ELA 1102Latin American Cultures I3 Units
ELA 2102Latin American Cultures II3 Units
ELA 3110Selected Topics in Latin American Studies: Cultural Issues3 Units
ESP 1101Introduction to Spanish Culture3 Units
ESP 2100Special Topics in Spanish and Latin American Culture3 Units
ESP 2101Spanish and Latin American Cinema3 Units
ESP 2301Hispanic Literature in translation3 Units
GEG 3315Geography of Latin America3 Units
HIS 2170Latin America, Colonial Period3 Units
HIS 2171Latin America, Modern Period3 Units
HIS 3195Selected Topics in Latin American History3 Units
POR 2101The Culture of Portuguese-Speaking Countries I3 Units
POR 2102The Culture of Portuguese-Speaking Countries II3 Units
POR 3101Literature and Cinema of the Portuguese Speaking Countries3 Units
Optional courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences
ANT 3340Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean3 Units
DVM 4130International Development Issues in Latin America3 Units
ECO 2121Economics of Globalization3 Units
POL 3145Comparative Politics: Latin America3 Units
SCS 3160Selected Topics in Latin American Studies: Socio-Political Issues3 Units