Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Gain a deep understanding of the implications of Latino history and culture.
Corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and other organizations need personnel who can help them maintain a competitive edge in a globalized economy, especially persons who understand Hispanic/Latino communities. Examine the culture, history, economics, policy/politics, language, literature, sociology, anthropology, economics, and creative accomplishments of Hispanics/Latinos.

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Why Earn a Latino and Latin American Studies Degree?

In addition to the university core curriculum, students take four required courses, four courses in at least two of the three elective areas and also complete either an internship and/or senior research paper.

The required classes provide a foundation for understanding the socio-economic and political experiences of Latino/as in the United States. The elective tracks deepen students' knowledge of Latina/os in the areas of:

  • Culture and humanities
  • Policy and politics
  • Country of origins study

Our degree will provide you with the foundation you need to examine the culture, history, economics, policy/politics, language, literature, sociology, anthropology, and creative accomplishments of Hispanics/Latinos.

You will be taught by interdisciplinary faculty who will guide you through a curriculum designed to give you a competitive edge for career opportunities.

Latino and Latin American Studies Degree Highlights

We offer three Undergraduate Research Fellowships annually that are designed to reflect your unique interests, as well as foster work that is integrated into the faculty mentor’s ongoing research.
As a Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Undergraduate Research Fellow, you will receive a stipend and be required to successfully complete two semesters of research.
Multiple events are sponsored and co-sponsored by our program annually to promote community engagement and increase an awareness and knowledge of the Latina/o diaspora.
Annually, we invite distinguished lecturers and artists to present their research and/or creative works. Some previous presenters include: Julian Castro, Dolores Huerta, Sandra Luz Lopez Barroso and John Valdez.
Program research goals include producing and promoting current salient theoretical and methodological ideas to enhance education, community development, and scholarship opportunities.
An interdisciplinary group of faculty affiliated with the program designed the curriculum to give students a competitive edge for careers in business or in the governmental or non-profit sector.

What Can You Do With a Latino and Latin American Studies Degree?

The Latino Culture, Economy and Policy major will prepare you for key positions in the private sector as well as in governmental and non-governmental organizations in the United States and throughout Central and South America.

A degree in Latino Culture, Economy and Policy will prepare you for key positions in:

  • Educational institutions
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Graduate school or law school
  • Non-government organizations
  • Private industry

Latino and Latin American Studies Degree Courses You Could Take

Latinx Literature (3 hrs)
Study of historical as well as contemporary Latinx literature, including a preponderance of Mexican American and Chicanx literature and cultural production. Works may range from the local to the national and global, and may include indigenous American, Spanish colonial and writings from a range of Latin American nations.
Historical and Cultural Development of the Mexican-American Community (3 hrs)
Historical evolution of Mexican-American culture, social structure, family patterns and community organizations, and their effects on education, economic and religious institutions.
U.S. Immigration Policy (3 hrs)
Examines immigration issues from an interdisciplinary perspective incorporating readings from economics, sociology, demography, and political science as well as the depiction of immigration in popular culture. Topics will include the historical evolution of American immigration policy, push and pull theories of immigration, the economic costs and benefits of immigration, and the future direction of US immigration policy.
Latin American Culture Through Film (3 hrs)
An introduction to Latin American culture through film which includes linguistic varieties, socio-economic and historical context and gender roles.
Chicano Political History19th and 20th Century (3 hrs)
Surveys the history of Chicano politics in the U.S. since 1821. Briefly examines antecedents in the colonial era. Comparing the Chicano political experience before and after American sovereignty, the course assesses the continuity of the Chicano political tradition. Emphasizes reading and discussing new literature in the field.
Latinos in the U.S. (3 hrs)
Uses identity and resistance theories to explore the various constructions of Latin@ race, ethnicity and identity, and the social and political implications of being Latin@ today. Explores the ways in which Latin@s have been excluded from the national imaginary while maintaining and transforming their own cultural identify. How this process of marginalization has deeply changed the racial and cultural landscape for Latin@s and non-Latin@s.

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