Latin American and Latino Studies Minor

The Latin American and Latino Studies Minor is a vibrant interdisciplinary program that combines invigorating research, teaching, and community engagement with focus on the rich heritage and contemporary trends of Latino-based cultures in the United States and beyond.

Latin American and Latino Studies students find multiple opportunities to participate in different projects housed in the program, such as Latinx Oral History initiatives, Study Abroad, Collaborations with other departments, colleges, and universities, etc. With a hands-on approach, the program explores relevant social and cultural issues of transnationalism, migration, diasporas, Latina feminism(s), Latinx intersectionality, gender and identity, Latinx health and sexuality, linguistics, poetry and creative writing, Colonialism/Postcolonialism, Indigenous Peoples from Latin America, among others.

Students complete 18 credits, three of which are used to build a tailor-made capstone project in their field of interest.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
LALS 201Perspectives on Latin America3
LALS 401Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Select 9-12 credits from the following (must be from at least two different departments):
Cultures of Latin America
Land and Life in Latin America
Special Topics in Economics (may be taken if topic is appropriate)
Early Latin American History
Modern Latin America
History of Brazil
Seminar in Latin American History
Revolutions in Latin American History
Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
Special Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies
Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel
Government and Politics of Latin America
Hispanic/Latino Psychology
Religion in Latin America
Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America
Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean
Short Stories and Cross-Cultural Processes in the Spanish-Speaking World
Poetics of Resistance in Hispanic Poetry
Negotiating Identity and Power in the Hispanic Novel
Scripts and Stages: Hispanic Theater and Performance
Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel
Puerto Rican Literature and Thought
Collateral Elective
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Health and Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective
Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare
Working with Diverse Families and Children
Comparative Politics
Ethnic Politics in America
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
Social Inequality
Total Credits18