Requirements for the Global Studies Minor with Specialization in Latin American Studies include:

Completion of 28 units as follows:

  • 3-unit Global Studies course:  GLOBAL 101, Critical Issues in Global Affairs.

  • A 5-unit course surveying Latin America:  ILAC 131, Introduction to Latin America: Cultural Perspectives or an approved substitute.

  • 20 additional units in a number of courses which together comprise a coherent focus on a theoretical problem or issue of the region, such as (but not limited to) culture and society, political economy, or environment, ecology, and sustainability. All courses, with the exception of Overseas Studies courses, must be at the 100-level or higher. For approved courses, see the Latin American Studies Related Courses section of the Stanford Bulletin. Please scroll down when you are in the Stanford Bulletin page.

  • At least 15 of the 28 units must be completed at Stanford.

Fulfill the foreign language requirement:

The minimum requirement for completion of the Minor in Latin American Studies is intermediate proficiency in a language spoken in Latin America by one of the following:

  • Completion of three quarters of college-level study in a language spoken in Latin America.

  • Achievement of the intermediate proficiency level in a language spoken in Latin America on the ACTFL scale in a test administered by the Stanford Language Center. Contact the Stanford Language Center for test dates and procedures.


Experience in Latin America such as study abroad, field research, or an internship.

Global Studies Minor with Specialization in Latin American Studies Course Form:

All course enrollments must be designated towards the major or minor programs. By informing the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) which courses are intended to satisfy the Global Studies with concentration in Latin American Studies (GS-LAS) minor, the student allows CLAS to accurately monitor progress toward the minimum requirements for the GS-LAS minor. 

Students should file this form (see attachment below) at least two quarters before their intended graduation, and not later than the Final Study List deadline:

Capstone Projects:

(OPTIONAL) Students may work with the subplan advisor to develop a capstone project related to Latin America to count towards the unit fulfillment of the minor. Students may enroll in LATINAM 197 Directed Individual Research, or an approved similar course.