The minor in Latin American Studies at University of the Pacific is an interdisciplinary study of Latin America and Latinx culture, history, politics and social conditions. The program is designed to provide you with language and cultural skills that will deepen your intellectual experience while providing a competitive edge in any profession.

Through core courses, hands-on-experience and participation in lectures and cultural events, you will gain interdisciplinary knowledge, language and cross-cultural skills. Study abroad in Latin America or internships in the U.S. are encouraged and will help you develop real-life connections with Latin American and Latinx communities.

Why minor in Latin American Studies?

“I chose to minor in Latin American Studies to understand and appreciate all the different cultures and writing styles across Latin America, as well as to improve my Spanish. This knowledge really helps me now to better serve the Latin American community in my current job at El Concilio in Stockton.” 

Joanna G. Valadez Salcedo '21
BS, Speech-Language Pathology
BA, Spanish Language 

Joanna Valadez Salcedo

Major/Minor Pairing

This minor pairs well with majors in business, economics, pre-law, speech and language, natural sciences, art and theater. It is beneficial to anyone interested enhancing their resume. 

Minor Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 20 units and 5-6 courses 
  • A Pacific minor grade point average of 2.0 
  • If your Spanish proficiency is below a high intermediate level, you may need to complete foundational language courses prior to enrolling in some required courses


You will gain a competitive advantage in a wide range of professional fields such as  

  • health care
  • speech-language pathology
  • education
  • psychology
  • social work
  • law enforcement
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Community Collaboration

We often collaborate with other Pacific and community groups on many activities. Among our partners are: 

Extracurricular Activities

These activities enhance students’ academic and cultural experience are an integral part of the program: 

  • Guest lectures by international personalities and intellectuals such as: María Hinojosa, Juan Villoro, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Juan Carlos Rulfo 
  • Art exhibits 
  • Latin American film showings 
  • Workshops and round-tables 
María Hinojosa guest lecture

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Minor in Latin American Studies

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Dept of Modern Language/Literature

Wendell Phillips Center 151
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211