What is the Interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American and Latinx studies (LALS)?
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) highlights connections across the length of the Americas—with locales in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America—in areas of enormous geographical, ecological, historical, and cultural diversity.
The LALS Minor provides undergraduate students with experiential learning experiences that forge connections across the length of the continent of which McMaster is part.
The LALS Minor also provides students with essential skills and knowledge to be engaged citizens of the world through a focus on Latin American and Latinx spaces, and their multiple diasporic locations across the globe, with a marked focus on Canada.
The LALS Minor exposes students to methodologies, approaches, and theoretical frameworks through which to understand: “What is Latin America?” “What are Latin American Studies?” and “What are Latinx Studies?”
Latin American Studies refers to the interdisciplinary approaches used to explore the histories, linguistic traditions, literatures, cultures, societies, geographies, archaeologies, identities, migrations, and diasporas of Latin America and its peoples.
Latinx Studies refers to the interdisciplinary approaches used to explore the histories, migration patterns, race and ethnicities, identity-formation, geographies, and experiences of the Latinx/Latin American communities inhabiting diasporic locations in Canada and elsewhere in the world.
For the 2023-2024 year, these courses count and will be added to the Undergraduate calendar next year.
Course List A
- ANTHROP 2MA3 – Art and Activism
- PHILOS 2LA3 – Latin American Philosophy
- ENGLISH 1F03 is allowable as a sub onto course list A if you took it Winter 2024
Course List B
- CMTYENGA 2A03 – Foundations of Community Engagement
- HTHSCI 2DS3 – Global Health and the Complexities of Disease
- HTHSCI 4SR3 – Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
- INSPIRE 2GS3 – Global Questions in Sustainability
- PEACJUST 2CS3 – Decolonization and Activism: Creating Social Change
- PHILOS 3GH3 – Global Health Ethics
- SCIENCE 2AR3 – Foundations of Science: Equity, Justice and Anti-Racism in Science
- PHILOS 3T03 – Philosophy and Race
SUSTAIN 2GS3 – Global Questions in Sustainability
24 units total (no more than 6 units from level 1 courses)
Courses that are not listed under the Latin American and Latinx Studies Minor Course List A and List B can be considered for inclusion if they meet the criteria of the Minor. Faculty, staff, or students can submit a course for assessment to be considered as part of the Minor by contacting email@example.com
Please include the following information in your email:
- First and Last Name
- Student Number
- Home Faculty
- Program of Study
- Program Level
- Course Code and Title
- Course syllabus (either most recent copy or if you took this course in previous years, the syllabus of the year you completed the course)
- Course List applying for Substitution (i.e. Course List A, Course List B, etc.)
- Rationale of Substitution Applicability
Read what our students have to say!
Sofia Palma Florido
Program: Health and Society
“Through the Latin America and Latinx Studies minor you will be able to explore the histories, languages, literatures, cultures, societies, environments and more of Latin America and its people! Whether you are from Latin America or from another place of the world, being an engaged citizen of this world is an essential skill”
Daniel Yanes Alvarenga
Program: Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies
“I joined the minor because representation is important; ¡orgullosamente salvadoreño y guatemalteco! The LALS minor allows me to learn about my culture formally, a reality that Canadian institutions have profoundly overlooked, playing an essential part in my identity and studies”
Danielle Berges Santana
Program: Honours Political Science Specialization in Global Citizenship
“I decided to pursue this interdisciplinary minor because after taking LATAM 2A03, I chose to embark on a journey of deconstruction and inquiry into the history of Latin America. As a Latin American, I feel that I have learned a lot, and I have changed many harmful narratives that formed my understanding of the region”
Angelica Batista Reyes
Program: Political Science with a Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies
“I am pursuing this interdisciplinary minor to reconnect with my cultural roots and gain a more nuanced understanding of the histories, traditions, and perspectives distinctive to Latin America and its diaspora. In embarking this academic journey, I aim to challenge false narratives and proclaim the diverse voices that often go unheard”
Program: Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies
“I am minoring in Latin American and Latinx studies because I want to interact with other students who share my background and learn more about my culture! As someone who has never felt that their ethnic background is fully represented in higher education, this minor is an incredible opportunity to further explore”