Minor in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

What is LAHS?

The minor in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies offers students the opportunity to explore connections through the Western Hemisphere from array of perspectives across multiple academic fields. The minor is sponsored by the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA), an interdisciplinary unit that focuses on regional societies and transnational processes in the Americas. HIA strives to redefine the study of Latin America from a broadly hemispheric viewpoint, while retaining an understanding of Latin America as an autonomous region with its own internal diversities.

LAHS Minor Requirements

In addition to completing six courses, students are strongly encouraged to develop a proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, through course work (completion of Spanish 24 or 33), or through travel and life experience. We highly recommend that students take advantage of the many study abroad programs offered at UC Davis through the Education Abroad Center. Courses taken abroad may also count towards minor.

  • Basic Courses (4 units) - Choose 1 course from the following:
    AAS 18
    HIS 7A, 7B or 7C
  • Core Courses (8 units) - Choose 2 courses from the following:
    AAS 180
    ANT 144, 175
    CHI 130
    HIS 168
    MUS 127/SPA 171 OR MUS 127S/SPA 171S
    NAS 115, 123
    SPA 150N OR 151, 170
    POL 143A, 143B
    Study Abroad in Latin America
  • Elective Courses (12 units) - Choose 3 courses from the following:
    AAS 107A, 155A, 163, 172, 180
    ANT 104N (Latin American Topics only), 131 (Latin American Topics only), 141C, 144, 159, 172, 175, 176
    AHI 151, 181
    CHI 112, 113, 114 (Latin American Topics only), 114S, 130, 135S, 146S, 147S, 160, 171
    COM 151 (Latin American Topics only), 152 OR 152S, 165 OR 165S
    GSW 102
    HIS 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163A, 163B, 164, 165, 166A, 166B, 167, 168, 169A, 169B
    HMR 130 (Latin American Topics only)
    MUS 127 OR 127S, 129A, 150, 152, 153, 198
    NAS 107, 110 (A, B, C, D), 115, 120, 123, 125, 133, 133A, 133B, 181A, 181B, 181C, 184
    POL 143A, 143B
    POR 100, 130, 141, 159, 161, 162, 163
    RST 130 (Latin American Topics only)
    SOC 104, 158
    SPA 117, 149, 150N, 151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159 OR 159S OR 159Y, 160, 170 OR 170S, 171 OR 171S, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 179 OR 179Y

Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) Grading for Minor Requirements

For the HIA Minor, students are allowed to take minor course(s) on a Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) basis. Our department will allow P/NP grading provided that students have satisfied the following requirements:

  • Students comply with their College's policy regarding P/NP unit allowance.
  • Students have an overall UC Davis minor GPA, and an upper division minor GPA at a 2.000 or higher. 

It is important to note that with P/NP grading, the passing grade cutoff is set at a C- grade or better. With letter-grading, the passing grade cutoff is set at a D- grade or better. If you use P/NP grading, your GPA is not affected in any manner. If you receive a P grade, this counts towards your overall degree units the same as passing a letter-graded course. If you receive an NP grade, you will not receive the units from the course the same as failing a letter-graded course, but your GPA will not be impacted negatively.

Please ensure you review the deadline for P/NP: https://registrar.ucdavis.edu/calendar/quarter. Please check with your College regarding any late/retroactive requests.