Why study American studies?

Because American studies offers a creative environment to learn, think, and reflect about American culture, history, and communities from both a national and global perspective.

Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

Core Courses (12)
Select by at least 4 courses (12 hours) of the following:12
America's Latinos/Latinas
Topics in Latino Studies: _____ (may be repeated for credit as the topic changes)
Mexamerica
Topics in Latin American Area Studies:_____
Topics in Latin American Studies: _____
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
U.S. Latina/o Literature: _____ (may be repeated for credit as the topic changes)
Topics in American Politics: ______ (Latino Politics)
Reading and Analysis of U.S. Latino/a Literatures: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Topics in Social Welfare: _____ (Social Work with Latinos)
The following topics courses also may count toward the minor, if the particular topic offered in a given semester focuses on U.S. Latino/as:
Case Study in American Studies: _____
Ethnicity in the United States: _____
Topics in: _____
Research Project in American Studies (if the research focuses on U.S. Latino/as)
Hispanic Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Colloquium on Hispanic Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice: Culturally Competent Social Work
A course with a service-learning component, such as one of the following, may also count in this category, with permission of the Latino/a studies advisor, if the service learning component is in a Latino/a community in the U.S.:
Public Service in American Studies
Service Learning Internship Spanish I (variable credit)
Internship in Sociology
Other courses with at least 75 percent U.S. Latino/a content may count toward the minor with permission of the Latino/a studies advisor.
Latino/a Studies Required Electives (6)
Students selecting this minor must complete 2 additional courses (6 hours) from any course above not used to satisfy the requirement and any of the following:6
American Identities
American Identities, Honors
Cultural Geography of the United States
Cultural Diversity in the United States
Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature: _____ (if the topic includes U.S. Latino/a literature)
Geography of Latin America
Middle American Geography
Central American Peoples and Lands
Social History of South America
Latin America in the 19th Century
Slavery in the New World
The Many Faces of Mexico
History of the Caribbean and Central America
Economic History of Latin America
Latin American Culture and Society
Topics in Latin American Area Studies:_____ (Sports and Politics in Latin America)
Topics in Latin American Area Studies:_____ (The Latin American Left)
Language and Society in Latin America
Language and Society in Latin America, Honors
The Politics of Language in Latin America
Theories of Politics in Latin America
Political Dynamics of Latin America
United States Foreign Policy
The United States in Global Context
American Racial and Ethnic Relations
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
Latin American Society
Latin American Cultures: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Colonial Spanish-American Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Nineteenth Century Spanish-American Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Twentieth Century Spanish-American Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
National Traditions in Spanish America: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Studies in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Studies in Latin-American Literature and Culture: _____ (conducted in Spanish)
Colloquium on Latin American Film (conducted in Spanish)
Latin American Folklore
Study Abroad Topics: _____ (International Social Work (when in Costa Rica))
Study Abroad Topics: _____ (Intercultural Community Social Service (when in Costa Rica))
Other appropriate courses on Latin America, its cultures, countries, geography, history, politics, economy, and/or people, or other relevant courses on the U.S., may also count toward this requirement, with the approval of the Latino/a studies advisor.
Latino/a Minor Discipline Breadth (0)
Satisfied by courses from at least 3 departments.
 

Latino/a Studies Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.