2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Latino and Latin American Studies Minor [LLAS]

Gigi Peterson, coordinator
Old Main, Room 210-B
(607) 753-2051

Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS)
Susan Stout, secretary
Old Main, Room 122
(607) 753-5784
Fax: (607) 753-5694


Arts and Sciences

Minor Offered

Latino and Latin American Studies


Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS) is an interdisciplinary academic program that focuses on the Latin American culture region, including Latinos in the United States. LLAS draws on the social sciences and humanities to promote greater understanding and appreciation of Latino and Latin American cultures, histories, social issues, experiences and landscapes. Toward this goal, LLAS offers an interdisciplinary minor, organizes educational events and collaborates with other campus and community organizations.

Administration of this program and advisement of its students is provided by the Latino and Latin American Studies Committee, a subcommittee of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies .

Special Features

  • Internships
  • Foreign study opportunities

Career Potential

  • Governmental agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • International communications
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Business — domestic and international
  • Tourism 

Minor Requirements

The Latino and Latin American Studies minor integrates interdisciplinary course work to advance students' understandings of diverse Latino and Latin American experiences, cultures and concerns. The 18-credit-hour minor complements many majors.

College policy requires half of the credit hours in a minor to be taken at SUNY Cortland. Students must complete a minor with a 2.0 or higher grade point average in order for the minor to be recorded in their official transcript.

A. Core Courses: 9 credit hours

Core courses in social sciences focus on Latinos and/or Latin America and advance students’ understanding of key historical and/or current issues, including in the realms of ideology, culture, social issues, and political economy.

B. Comparative/conceptual courses: 6 credit hours

Comparative/conceptual courses provide a framework for understanding issues of globalization, development, and culture and identity relevant to Latino and Latin American experiences. 

C. Electives: 3 credit hours

Electives, many of them foundational courses, prepare students for course work in the above categories by introducing them to various disciplinary approaches to key issues, or enhance Spanish language skills important for advanced understanding of Latin American cultural productions. 

B. Globalization/Development/Culture and Identity: 6 credit hours

Comparative and conceptual courses, most including Latino/Latin American case studies

In addition to the Category B courses below, students may satisfy this category with any Latino/Latin American core courses (Category A) not applied toward Category A.

Additional Course Choices

The Latino and Latin American Studies coordinator may approve other courses as course substitutions on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the Latino and Latin American Studies Committee. This approval will determine how the course may be applied to any of the listed categories.

Examples of courses for which minors may request Latino and Latin American Studies Committee evaluation:

  • Special topics courses in ANT, AAS, ECO, ICC, IST, GRY, HIS, POL, SOC, SPA.
  • Study abroad courses (credit hours may vary)
  • Internships

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor: 18