The minor consists of 18 credits, as follows:
- Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (HS 392 or ML 392)
- Five electives (15 credits; see electives list or course schedule)
Courses must be distributed minimally across three disciplines (e.g., HS, ML, SC, SN). Three electives must be taken at the 300 level or above; two may be taken at the 100-level or above. No more than four courses can be taken from a department that contains more than one discipline. Two courses may be cross-counted between LALS and another major or minor, as long as approved by the department chair(s).
A service-learning or study abroad experience is required. The international experience must be in Latin America, and up to three study-abroad courses can count toward the LALS minor. The service-learning option would be integral to an approved LALS elective course and entails working with any group of Franco-Luso-Hispanic peoples in the Baltimore area. It is recommended that students declare the minor in their sophomore year, especially if they will be studying abroad during their junior year, to allow for greater curricular flexibility.
The program advisor will work with each student to develop a coherent program of study, guide the student, and meet informally at least once a semester to converse and look for connections between courses. Students are required to complete and submit a final portfolio of their work.
Students are encouraged to study and perfect their knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. PO204 Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish is offered in the spring. Portuguese courses are also offered at Johns Hopkins University. Students may take electives offered through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program at other area colleges and universities; however, these courses must be pre-approved by the minor advisor or program director.