Welcome to Latina/o Studies
The Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Michigan was founded in 1984. It is one of three ethnic studies programs housed within the Department of American Culture. This structure has historically benefited our program in numerous ways. We are able to offer undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to learn about the culture, history, and social conditions of Latina/os in an intellectual environment enriched by the cross pollination of the “Michigan Model” of American studies (which trains students to utilize and understand multiple ethnic and disciplinary methodologies), as well as the expertise of internationally acclaimed faculty whose work centers on the Latina/o experience. Our scholarly focus is broadly comparative, not just in terms of other ethnic studies optics, but also with respect to the many forms of “latinidad” articulated in the U.S. and elsewhere. Our faculty spans a broad range of disciplines and methodologies from the social sciences to cultural studies. Our curriculum includes classes on history, gender and sexuality, religion, citizenship and immigration, transnationalism and diaspora, studies of media, visual culture and the plastic arts, and community service learning.
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