Minor in Latin American and Latino/a Studies

Fresco of musicians; Bonampak, Chiapas; Photo ©2004 Jacob Rus, licensed under Creative Commons



The Minor Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies is designed for students interested in the language, history, politics, and culture of Latin America and in its presence in the United States. 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 ecompassed by the term 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/a 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).


Click here for the latest listing of eligible subjects.


Subjects in Latin American and Latino/a Studies are also available from Harvard University and Wellesley College through cross-registration. Students must receive permission from the minor advisor prior to registering for a class at another institution.  

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.

Additional information may be obtained from the Minor Advisor:
Professor Eden Medina, E51-180, 617-253-1943
Or by emailing shass-ug@mit.edu.