Purpose & Curriculum

Purpose & Curriculum

Purpose

The purpose of the Latina/o Studies Minor is to teach undergraduate students about Latina/o experiences, cultures, and contributions to the United States. The Latina/o Studies Minor addresses regional workforce needs and strengthens the commitment to cultural diversity within the University academic community.

Upon completion of the Latina/o Studies Minor, students will demonstrate familiarity with the language, cultures, histories, and socioeconomic experiences of the rapidly growing population in the United States. Students enrolled in the Minor are exposed to issues, theories, and research about U.S. Latinas/os through a variety of disciplines. Students engage in service learning with Latina/o organizations as well as complete an academic research project that prepares them for graduate school.

The Minor is particularly effective when combined with majors that offer a natural organic relationship with the Latina/o population (such as business, education, and the social sciences). Graduates of the Minor will be more valuable and effective employees as they participate in an increasingly diverse workplace.

Curriculum

The 18 credit Minor has two required and four elective courses. The required courses are LATS 201 Introduction to Latina/o Studies and choose one of the following: LATS 488 Senior Seminar or LATS 300 Internship or LATS 498 Independent Study. The four electives are chosen from a variety of disciplines including Spanish, History, Anthropology, and Education. Service learning activities are an integral part of the curriculum because students apply what they have learned through service activities within the Latina/o community. See the curriculum sheet for courses that meet the elective requirements.

Additional Information

The Director of Latina/o Studies Minor is available to assist students as they choose courses that meet their career and learning objectives.