Undergraduate Minor in Andean and Amazonian Studies


The cultural, historical, economic, environmental, and geopolitical importance of this region of Latin America, which covers a vast expanse of South America, spreads through nine different countries, has several climates, and encompasses a population of more than 70 million people, cannot be overstated. On the one hand, the Andes are the birthplace of some of the most advanced indigenous civilizations in the Americas, and the present location of vibrant indigenous societies and cultures. Quechua is spoken by approximately 10 million people, while Aymara is spoken by approximately 3 million. In addition, there are vibrant indigenous political movements seeking both revolutionary change and peaceful change within established democratic institutions. On the other hand, the Amazon basin covers 3,179,000 square miles which include the largest rain forest in the world, inexhaustible natural resources, an incredible biodiversity, and a multiplicity of ethnic groups who speak hundreds of native languages mostly related to the Tupi family.

The interdisciplinary minor in Andean & Amazonian Studies will fulfill the needs of students majoring in Spanish, Portuguese, History, Anthropology, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, and many other disciplines, who are interested in the region, its languages and peoples, its history and societies, its cultures and environment.

Minor Information

The undergraduate minor in Andean and Amazonian Studies requires completion of 6 prerequisite credit hours as well as a minimum of 15 credit hours in required, core, and elective course categories.  Specifically, students are required to take History 2111 and Spanish 2332. In addition, students must take 6 credit hours from the listing of core courses, which contain a minimum of 75% content on the Andean and Amazonian region and 3 credit hours from the list of elective courses which contain a minimum of 25% content in the Andean and Amazonian region.

Prerequisites (minimum 6 credit hours)

  • A minimum of 6 credit hours in Portuguese, Spanish or Quechua at the 3000 level or above (not taught in English). Examples are: Portuguese 3401 and 3402 (6 hours), Spanish 3401 and 3403 (6 hours), Quechua 5501 and 5502 (6 hours); or
  • completion of a minor in Portuguese or Spanish. Courses taken in this category cannot be double counted for any other requirements of the minor.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

  • History 2111 Native American Peoples of the Andes
  • Spanish 2332 Introduction to Andean & Amazonian Cultures

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

  • AEDE 4597 Problems and Policies in World Population, Food, and Development (Cross-listed with Int’l Studies 4597.01)
  • Int’l Studies 4597.01 Problems and Policies in World Population, Food, and Development (Cross-listed with AEDE  4597)
  • Poli Sci 4240 Latin American Government & Politics: An Overview
  • Poli Sci 4241 Politics of Brazil
  • Poli Sci 3220 Politics in the Developing World
  • Spanish 2330 Re-Inventing America: Visual and Narrative Visions of Latin America
  • Spanish 4555/E Indigenous, Colonial and 19th-Century Latin American Literature
  • Spanish H4565 Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Latin America: Past and Present

Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

  • AEDE 2580 Feast of Famine: The Global Business of Food (Cross-listed with Int’l Studies 2580)
  • AEDE 4535 Economic Development Processes in Developing Countries (Cross-listed with Int’l. Studies 4535)
  • AEDE 4538 Latin American Economic Development (Cross-listed with Int’l. Studies 4538)
  • Anthro 3302 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • Anthro 3419 Latin American Migration: The Culture and Social Meaning of Transnational Movement
  • Anthro 4597.01 Cultural Conflict in Developing Nations
  • Anthro 5600 Biosocial Aspects of Health
  • Anthro 5602 Women’s Health in Global Perspective
  • Geography 5751 Changing Geographies of Latin America
  • History 2100 Intro to the Spanish Atlantic World
  • History 2105 Latin American and the World
  • History 3100 Colonial Latin American History
  • History 3101 History of Brazil
  • History 3105 South America's Independence
  • History 4100 Colloquium on Topics in Latin American Studies
  • Int’l Studies 2100 Introduction to Latin America
  • Int’l Studies 2580 Feast of Famine: The Global Business of Food (Cross-listed with AEDE  2580)
  • Int’l Studies 4535 Economic Development Processes in Developing Countries (Cross-listed with AEDE 4535)
  • Int’l Studies 4538 Latin American Economic Development (Cross-listed with AEDE 4538)
  • Int’l Studies 5640 Globalization and Latin America: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches (Cross-listed with Spanish 4640)
  • Poli Sci 4280 State and Economy
  • Portuguese 2330 Introduction to Brazilian Culture
  • Portuguese 5650 Studies in the Literatures and Cultures of the Portuguese-speaking World
  • Spanish 2151 Latin American Culture and Literature
  • Spanish 2520 Latin American Literature (in Translation): Fictions & Realities
  • Spanish 4556 Modern Spanish American Literature
  • Spanish 4560 Introduction to Spanish American Culture
  • Spanish 5640 Globalization and Latin America: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches (Cross-listed with Int’l Studies 5640)
  • Spanish 5660 Senior Seminar in Hispanic Culture

Special Topics Courses

Students may petition to use Special Topics and/or Research courses when the content is relevant.  Check with advising as to the appropriateness. Students may petition to have courses approved that are not listed on this sheet.