Why Study LAHS?

The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas offers a minor in Latin American & Hemispheric Studies (LAHS)


The minor in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies offers students the opportunity to explore connections

through the Western Hemisphere from an 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.


In addition to completing six courses, students are strongly encouraged to develop proficiency

in Spanish or Portuguese, through course work (SPA 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 (eac.ucdavis.edu).