A minor in a language is an excellent complement to a number of majors.  Students pursuing careers in law, business administration, criminal justice and health sciences, among others fields, should consider a minor in language as a way to increase their marketable skills.


General Requirements

  • A cumulative GSU grade-point average of 2.0.
  • At least 9 of the 15 credit hours required for the minor must be taken at the 3000-4000 level; a maximum of 6 credit hours may be taken at the 2000-level.
  • No credit already used for the minor can be used to fulfill any other Area requirements.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all minor courses.


Students who wish to minor in French, German, Italian, Latin, Japanese, or Spanish must take 15-18 hours in courses in the language, including at least 9 semester hours at the 3000 level or above.  Students taking more than 15 hours of courses in the language may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major.  A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor. 
An interdisciplinary minor is available to provide educational opportunities not present otherwise and to allow students the flexibility to select courses for the minor from several departments and even from several colleges at the university. The undergraduate minor in Latin American Studies is intended for students who wish to gain a familiarity with Latin American history and culture in order to enrich a major in one of the academic departments of Georgia State University. Students who complete the minor will be well-prepared either to work or study in Latin America or to pursue advanced studies about the region.

The list of courses below are eligible to fulfill the specific requirements of the interdisciplinary minor in Latin American Studies:

AH 4630  Pre-Columbian Art
AH 4660 Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art in Latin America
AH 4665 Latin American Avant-Gardes of the 1920s
AH 4669  Art in Latin America I: 1900-1950
AH 4670 Art in Latin America II: 1950-2000
AH 4900 Special Studies Seminar (when the course deals with Latin America)
AH 4980 Special Problems in Art History (when the course deals with Latin America)
GEOG 4406 Advanced Regional Geography (when topic is Latin American)
POLS 4250 Latin American Politics
SPAN 3310 Hispanic Culture and Civilization (in Spanish)
SPAN 3314 Survey of Hispanic Literature (in Spanish)
SPAN 4456 Latin American Short Story (in Spanish)
SPAN 4470 Special Topics in Latin American Literature (in Spanish, may be repeated)
Approved courses taken as part of the GSU Spanish Studies Program in Costa Rica/Panama
Approved courses taken as part of the GSU Anthropology Program in Oaxaca (Mexico)

Each student will select a Latin American Studies minor adviser and work out with that adviser an appropriate selection for courses. Courses not listed on the above list must be approved for minor credit by the student’s minor advisor prior to enrollment. 

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