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Latina/o Studies Major

The major in Latina/o Studies is designed to give students a deep understanding of the historical and cultural complexity of Latina/o communities in the U.S. and beyond. A primary objective of the major is to engage students in a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of U.S. Latina/os as well as to introduce them to the central intellectual questions and topics that have emerged in this field of inquiry. An interdisciplinary degree, the Latina/o Studies major consists of 27 credits units of core curriculum in addition to three (3) credit units of prerequisite work. Students should meet with the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program to discuss their academic plans.

Core Components

Prerequisites

LATINOAM/AMCULT 213, Introduction to Latino Studies (3 credits)

Requirements (27 Credits)

Students are required to take ONE 3-credit course that focuses on Latina/os in the U.S. in each of the following areas. The courses listed below are regularly offered through the Latina/o Studies program, but students are free to use other courses pending approval from the Program Advisor.

History and Society
LATINOAM/AMCULT 204, Latina/o Religions & Cultures
LATINOAM/AMCULT 315 or 312, History of U.S. Latinos
LATINOAM/AMCULT 301, Topics in Chicana/o History
LATINOAM/AMCULT 226, The Latin Tinge
LATINOAM/AMCULT 304, American Immigration
LATINOAM/AMCULT 313, Cuba and its Diaspora

Gender and Sexuality
LATINOAM/AMCULT 243, Latina Women in the U.S.
WOMENSTD 293, Women of Color

Language & the Arts
LATINOAM/AMCULT 327, Latino/Latina Literature in the US
LATINOAM/SPANISH 440, Literature and Culture of the Borderlands (Latina/o topic)

Media & Popular Culture
LATINOAM/AMCULT 381, Latinas/os and the Media
LATINOAM/AMCULT 226 The Latin Tinge
LATINOAM/AMCULT 380: Studies in Transnational Media
LATINOAM/AMCULT 420 Latin American & Latino/a Film Studies

Community Service Learning
Students may choose from the following courses taught in a Latino context:
AMCULT 388, 425 SPANISH 428; RCCORE 309.006; SOC 389; PSYCH 401; or WOMENSTD 425

Additional Components

Language Requirement

All majors must satisfy 4th term proficiency in Spanish or another relevant language approved by the Program Advisor.

Electives

Two 300- or 400-level courses in Latina/o Studies.

Cognates

Two courses outside the Latina/o Studies curriculum including advisor-approved courses offered by other departments, one each from the following areas: 

  • Latin American culture, history, literature (may include courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science);
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Studies; African American Studies (may include courses offered through DAAS); Native American Studies; or Arab and Muslim American Studies.