Latin@ Studies Major


Major in Latina/o Studies

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.


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


Language Requirement

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


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



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



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

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


Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program who serves as an advisor. Please make an advising appointment here.