CLAS Minor Requirements

A CLAS minor serves as a strong foundation for graduate and professional studies and a variety of professional careers by preparing students to be informed and responsible global citizens. The minor consists of six courses. This requirement may be filled in two ways:

A. OPTION

CLAS104 Introduction to Caribbean and Latin American Studies, OR
CLAS/SPAN Introduction to Hispanic American Literature,
OR CLAS/HIS 233 Modern Latin America,
OR GVT/ CLAS 228 Latin American Politics,
OR Under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the CLAS board, students may have the option of carrying out an SYE to fulfill one capstone course of the minor.

AND

Five additional courses that are cross-listed with Caribbean and Latin American Studies from at least two departments.

B OPTION
Participating in any SLU-approved CLAS study abroad program. The four electives of the abroad program that fulfill the CLAS requirements will be taken into account for the minor,

AND

TWO courses in St. Lawrence University campus that are cross-listed with CLAS, one of them can be an SYE course.

Four elective courses
Any course cross-listed with CLAS meets this requirement. Most courses offered on CLAS abroad programs are included. To ensure breadth, students may count their courses in at least two departments for the minor.

Language
CLAS minors are vigorously encouraged to study any of the major languages spoken in the Caribbean and Latin America.

SYE
This is a one-semester independent study. It is normally done as an SYE (CLAS 489/ 490). Students develop a project with a faculty supervisor of their choice and then submit a proposal (usually 2-4 pages plus bibliography) to the CLAS coordinator for approval. This should be done before registration for the semester in which the project will be completed. Upon approval of the proposal, the student will be allowed to register for the capstone course.

The proposal must include the following:

  • A rationale for the project, including research question(s), theoretical framework, and methodology.
  • Information on how the project will enhance the student’s critical thinking, research skills, and communication skills.
  • An explanation of how the project addresses the interdisciplinary nature of the minor.
  • A description of the ways in which the project reflects the unique academic and experiential journey of the student.
  • A preliminary bibliography and literature review that informs the project.