Latina/o Studies Minor

A minor in U.S. Latina/o Studies allows students to acquire knowledge about Latina/o populations in the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective. U.S. Latina/o Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that examines the experiences of Latinas/os in the U.S. from a variety of perspectives, such as the historical, anthropological, political, linguistic, cultural, artistic, and literary, among many others. Scholarship in Latina/o Studies varies and often encompasses studies on immigration, citizenship, race, social disparities, gender, and sexuality. The category of Latinos/as in the United States encompasses recent immigrants, peoples who trace their ancestry to Spanish colonies in what is the now the U.S., peoples with roots in what was formerly Mexican territory, and peoples whose families come from Latin America.

Students who complete a minor in U.S. Latina/o Studies will:

  1. Develop knowledge of the histories of Latinos/as in the United States in relation to broader U.S. histories.
  2. Comprehend the complex social, political, economic relationships between the U.S. and Latin America.
  3. Understand how Latin American immigration to the U.S. relates to socio-political and economic relationships between the U.S. and Latin America.
  4. Become familiar with U.S. Latino/a cultural expressions and the contributions Latinas/ao have made to the U.S. cultural landscape. 
  5. Develop an understanding of Latina/o political activism and participation in the U.S.
  6. Recognize the importance of categories of difference, i.e. race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality in shaping Latina/o experiences in the U.S.
  7. Identify a number of contemporary social theories as they inform U.S. Latina/o Studies.

Requirements for the Minor

Language Competency

  • Minors must demonstrate competence in the Spanish language at the SPAN 202 level. This may be demonstrated either by successfully passing SPAN 202 or SPAN 211, placing into a 300-level Spanish class or above, or otherwise demonstrating this level of competence to the satisfaction of the Chair of the World Language program.

12 credits from the following:

HUM 260 U.S. Latinas/os & Pop Culture 4 credits
HUM 306 Latino Fiction 4 credits
HUM 360 Topics in U.S. Latina/o Studies 4 credits
SPAN 325 Mexican-American Cultural Exploration 4 credits

8 credits from the following:

PSY 310 Community Psychology (see note 2) 4 credits
PSY 358 Psychology of Ethnic Diversity (see note 3) 4 credits
HIST/POLS 239 Latin America I: Conquest - Independence 4 credits
HIST/POLS 241 Latin America II: Independence - Present 4 credits
SOC 208 Race: Inequality and Identity 4 credits
SOC 360 Critical Race Theory 4 credits
Other upper division Upper division courses related to U.S. Latina/o experience as approved by Chair of Spanish program or Director of U.S. Latina/o Studies minor. Includes Capstones. 4 credits

TOTAL: 20 credits

notes:

  1. Travel course to U.S. Mexico Border and similar coursework taken while studying abroad in Latin America could count towards minor. 
  2. PSY 310 may count towards minor only when service-learning component is related to U.S. Latinas/os. Must be approved by Spanish Program or Director of U.S. Latina/o Studies minor in consultation with course instructor for inclusion in minor.
  3. PSY 358 may count only when final research project is focused on U.S. Latinas/os. Must be approved by Spanish Program in consultation with course instructor for inclusion in the minor.