Undergraduate Minor

The Center for Latin American Studies falls under the division of Stanford Global Studies (SGS). As a part of SGS, CLAS is pleased to offer a Minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Latin American Studies.

What is Global Studies?

Global studies encompasses the insights and knowledge base of area studies: the interdisciplinary study of world regions and their intersecting cultures, languages, history, politics, and societies. Global studies advances this concept further by applying multi-disciplinary knowledge, from human biology and earth sciences to music and engineering, to better understand the character of world regions, their respective developmental trajectories, and the way those trajectories fit within the larger context of globalization.

Global Studies Minor

The Global Studies Minor is available to Stanford undergraduates from any major, and is designed to provide students an opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary study in one of six specializations, including in-depth language study, while integrating this knowledge into a larger vision of global affairs.

Students planning to pursue the Global Studies Minor with a specialization in Latin American Studies should submit for approval an online proposal of coursework no later than the second quarter of their junior year. CLAS requires that students demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese and complete 28 units of coursework certified for the Minor that are not redundant to required units for their majors; students are urged to pursue field experience or study abroad in Latin America.

All students will be required to complete 28 units, including a three-unit gateway course, Global 101. The remaining 25 credits are unique to each specialization. Upon completion of the minor, students will present their capstone projects in a seminar with other Global Studies Minor participants. Students participating in the Bing Overseas Studies Program are especially encouraged to enroll.

Global 101

In this introductory course, students will explore global themes that span international borders, such as health, development, migration, and security. The aim of this course is to encourage students to think comparatively across major world regions, and to work on issues that integrate specific regions within the larger international community.

Why Study Latin America?

  • Engage in the integrated understanding of the region's history and culture, political economy, and environmental sustainability
  • Gain a conceptual foundation to pursue a variety of career paths in the public and private sectors pertaining to the region
  • Acquire language and cultural competency

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Honors

The Interdisciplinary Honors Program in Latin American Studies is no longer accepting applications. Please contact the Center for Latin American Studies if you wish to incorporate Latin America into your honors thesis project.


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