Latina/o studies offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the history, culture, politics, and experiences of the Latina/o population in the United States. This population is now the largest minority group in the United States, and by the year 2060, it is expected that approximately one third of the U.S. population will be Latina/o. Latina/o studies courses introduce the peoples who have had a long-term presence in the United States and in the Midwest and who are increasingly neighbors, classmates, and coworkers.

The Latina/o studies minor helps to prepare undergraduates for careers in medicine, public health, social work, business, education, and the arts, and to respond to the changing demographics of the United States.

Latina/o studies is one of the academic units in the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Undergraduate Program of Study


Latina/o Studies Courses

LATS:2280 Introduction to Latina/o Studies3 s.h.

Introduction to field of Latina/o studies through interdisciplinary readings from literature, history, sociology, political science, urban studies, and anthropology; commonalities and differences among long-standing Latina/o populations (Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans); challenges faced by newer arrivals (Dominican Americans, Salvadoran Americans, Guatemalan Americans, Central and South American immigrants). Same as HIST:2280, SPAN:2280.