Latina/o Studies (U.S.)

Latina/o Studies explores the histories and current realities of diverse Latina/o populations in the United States. With a presence spanning seven centuries, Latina/os compose our largest "minority group,” and reflect a vast cultural complexity. Our curriculum includes modes of incorporation to the US, citizenship statuses, cultural productions, political agency, and examinations of heterogeneous racial, gender, social, sexual, and class backgrounds. Latina/o Studies looks at current issues that affect our communities, including educational equity, social problems, social movements, crime and justice, community organizing and transculturation. Courses in Latina/o Studies place a premium on critical thinking and comparative analyses, as well as historical and contemporary engagement with society.