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The Latin American Studies of Technical Applications (LASTA) is an interdisciplinary minor that augments nearly any major.

Students will develop deeper understanding of the cultures and languages of Latin American while simultaneously honing and implementing the technological skills they are acquiring in the courses of their majors.

This minor aims to include students in all skill levels of Spanish language, including heritage and native speakers. It was created with support from the U.S. Department of Education as well as Missouri S&T's Collge of Arts, Sciences and Business and College of Engineering and Computing.

LASTA Minor Requirements

The LASTA minor requires completion of 12 hours from an approved list of courses in four areas, including a trip of at least 14 days in a Latin American country as part of an S&T-approved program. The minor aims for breadth of knowledge. Therefore, courses from one area cannot count twice. The four areas are:

Spanish Proficiency

Six hours of Spanish at the level of 1180 (intermediate Spanish) or above.

Technical communication in Latin America

Three hours from list of approved courses.

General Latin American studies

Three hours from list of approved courses.

Latin American experience abroad

Minimum of 14 days of experience abroad in Latin America as part of an approved S&T program (including study abroad Miner Challenge, and EWB). This requirement may be fulfilled via multiple trips.

Why choose S&T's Lasta minor?

1. Travel to Latin America

         Choose from any number of options, including individual-or faculty-led study abroad programs, Miner Challenge, Engineers Without Borders, internships or volunteer opportunities.

2. Gain practical experience solving real-world problems

         Work with peers and mentors from around the world to tackle current challenges facing Latin American communities.

3. Learn Spanish

         Learn or improve your fluency in Spanish and increase your competency in intercultural communication skills.


Questions? Ask us,

Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston


Arts, Languages, and Philosophy 573-341-4997

G-4A Humanities and Social Sciences Building


Dr. Jorge Porcel

Associate Professor of Spanish

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy 573-341-4623

211 Humanities and Social Sciences Building


Dr. Kathleen Sheppard

Associate Professor of History

History and Political Science

122 Humanities and Social Sciences Building