Latino Studies Minor

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The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences anticipates a start date of Autumn 2021 for the new Minor in Latino Studies

The Minor in Latino Studies prepares students to understand the social worlds they inhabit and think critically about the diversity of Latin American cultures, history, and politics that inform contemporary U.S. Latino cultural practices and social formations.

Foundational coursework for the minor prepares students with a strong grounding in the structural analysis of social relations and in critical methodologies that allow for intersectional and transnational approaches to the field. Central to interdisciplinary learning is the ability to think in complex ways about U.S. Latino groups and identities and to develop a critical lens that encourages students to connect contemporary issues, such as those related to policies, and understand the implications across disciplines.

On Language: The Latino Studies Minor strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in Spanish or in any of the Indigenous languages spoken among Latino communities.

For questions about the minor, contact the Latino Studies minor coordinator, Professor Ariana Ochoa Camacho.

Declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.

Minor in Latino Studies Requirements

The Minor in Latino Studies requires 25-30 credits.

Coursework counting toward the minor must be completed with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.  At least 15 credits must be from upper-division courses. Only 10 credits may count towards this minor and another major or minor.

Required Foundation Coursework in Latino Studies (5 credits)

Introduction to the Field: T LAX 238 Latinos in the United States

Topical Coursework in Latino Cultures (5 credits)

Choose one course from the following:

Topical Coursework in Latino Histories (5 credits)

Choose one course from the following:

Elective Coursework (10 credits)

Students should take either two courses from List A (U.S. Latino Difference) or one course from List A (U.S. Latino Difference) and one course from List B (Latin American Studies).

List A Upper Division Course focused on U.S. Latino Difference

List B Upper Division Course focused on difference in Latin America (5 Credits MAX) ***

*when offered as part of a Latin America based-program, to be approved by minor coordinator

***only one course focused on Latin America may be used toward the minor

Language Requirement (0-5 credits)

T SPAN 103 or equivalent language skills in a language relevant to Latino Studies as approved by the Latino Studies Minor Coordinator


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