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Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies

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The Minor Program in Latin American and Latino Studies is designed for students interested in the language, history, politics, and culture of Latin America and of Hispanics living in the U.S. Students are encouraged to develop a program that is both international and comparative in perspective and that takes into account the heterogeneous cultural experiences of people living in the vast territory loosely termed Latin America, as well as of those people living in the United States who identify themselves as Latino/a.

The Minor Program in Latin American & Latino Studies consists of six subjects (at least three of which must be MIT subjects, including required subject 17.55J/21A.430J/21G.084J Introduction to Latin American Studies) arranged into four areas of study:

Area I: Language

Area II: Humanities and the Arts

Area III: Social Sciences

Area IV: Historical Studies

As with all HASS Minors, only five of the six minor subjects may be counted toward the eight-subject Institute HASS Requirement. Of these five, at most one shall count toward satisfaction of the HASS Distribution Requirement. Of the six subjects required for the minor, at least four must count only toward that minor (and not toward any other degrees, major or minor).




Levels III and IV (the equivalent of two subjects), either in Spanish or Portuguese. MIT offers Levels III and IV of Spanish every semester, and Levels III and IV of Portuguese every year. Students who can demonstrate language competence beyond Level IV may either take two intermediate language subjects (highly recommended), or two more subjects from Areas II, III and IV.


Language subjects offered at MIT


21G.703/773 Spanish III, HASS-H

21G.704/774 Spanish IV, HASS-H

21G.711 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture, HASS-H

21G.712/792 Spanish Conversation and Composition, HASS-H

21G.713 Advanced Communication in Spanish: Film, Visual Arts, and Fiction, HASS-H

21G.714 Spanish for Bilingual Students, HASS-H

21G.803 Portuguese III, HASS-H

21G.804 Portuguese IV, HASS-H


Areas II, III IV:

Four subjects to be selected from at least two areas, including the required subject 17.55J, Introduction to Latin American Studies, from Area III - Social Sciences. No more than one subject focused on the Iberian Peninsula. (Please note that a student may choose not to take a subject focused on the Iberian Peninsula.)







21G.070 Latin America and the Global Sixties: Counterculture and Revolution, HASS-H, CI-H

21G.074 Topics in Portuguese Popular Culture, HASS-H

21L.019 Introduction to European and Latin American Fiction, HASS-H, CI-H

WGS.S10 Special Subject: The Latina/o Experience in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture (Fall 2015 only)




21G.735 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film, HASS-H

21L.616J Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film [21G.716], HASS-H

21L.617J Introduction to Spanish Culture [21G.717], HASS-H

21L.638J Literature and Social Conflict: Perspectives on Modern Spain [21G.738], HASS-H

21L.639J Globalization and its Discontents: Spanish-speaking Nations [21G.739], HASS-H

21L.640J The New Spain: 1977-Present [21G.740], HASS-H




21G.820 Topics in Modern Portuguese Literature and Culture, HASS-H




3.982 The Ancient Andean World, HASS-S

3.983 Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization, HASS-S

17.145 Political Economy of Technology and Development in Latin America, HASS-S, CI-H

17.55J Introduction to Latin American Studies (Required) [21A.130, 21G.084], HASS-S, CI-H

21A.506 The Business of Politics: A View of Latin America, HASS-S




21H.171 Latin America: Revolution, Dictatorship, and Democracy, 1850 to Present, HASS-H


Students are also encouraged to take appropriate history subjects at Harvard University or Wellesley College. In general students are encouraged to consult the Harvard Catalogue to familiarize themselves with Harvard's rich and varied offerings in Latin American Studies.


This list is not exhaustive. Relevant subjects that are no longer offered and subjects with variable topics (such as “special subjects” or “selected topics” courses, for example) may also be counted at the discretion of the minor advisor.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects


Additional information may be obtained from the Minor Advisor:
Professor Paloma Duong, 14N-238, x4-5075
Or from the Global Studies and Languages Office, 14N-305, x3-4771