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Skidmore College
Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Minor


The LACLAS Minor

The LACLAS Minor

The Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies (LACLAS) minor gives students the opportunity to undertake the comparative study of the political, economic, cultural, artistic, and performing traditions and contemporary realities of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o/e/x communities through a flexible structure and a wide variety of course options.

The skills and knowledge students gain are valued by employers across sectors such as foreign policy, international relations, public administration, education, healthcare, information services, communications, and commerce.

Completing the LACLAS minor was truly an interdisciplinary and fluid experience for me. Taking LACLAS classes while also studying sociology and Spanish allowed me to deepen my perspective on social, political, and economic issues in Latin America. I am especially grateful for the critical, decolonial approach that the LACLAS program exemplifies. I completed much of the minor through a study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico, which I highly recommend to people who want to develop an intellectual, but also emotional connection to the realities of migration in Latin America. Completing the minor was a great way to apply my interests to the context of Latin America, which helped me understand how I want to use my knowledge after graduating.
Eila Shea '24



A Flexible Structure That Adapts and Responds to Your Needs and Interests

Broad Perspectives on
Latina/o/e/x Studies
(4 cr) 


  • LA 201 Intro to Latina/o/e/x Studies 
Broad Perspectives on Latin American and Caribbean Studies
(3-4 cr)


Select one of the following: 

  • AH 109 Visual Cultures of the Americas
  • EC 282 Economics of Latin America 
  • HI 111 Latin American History: An Introduction 
  • WLS 212 Spanish-American Literature and Culture  
Breadth and Specialization Electives
(10-11 cr)


Select three to four courses.

At least two 300-level courses.

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Ready to declare the LACLAS Minor?

1. Print & Fill Out
Fill Out the Declaration Form

Fill Out the Declaration Form

Follow the link to find the Declaration of Minor Form. Print it and fill it out. If you need help identifying the courses you have taken that will count towards the minor, the program director can help.

Declaration Form
2. Contact
Contact the Program Director

Contact the Program Director

Schedule a meeting with the Director of LACLAS to talk about your own path to fulfill the minor requirements and get the signature required on the declaration form.

3. Participate
Join the Community

Join the Community

Participate in the multiple opportunities LACLAS offers to learn and be part of a community, from a wide range of courses to various types of events.



For a detailed description of the goals a LACLAS minor can help students accomplish, see the goals for student learning.