Latina/o Studies brings together cultural studies, humanities, and social sciences to consider the histories, philosophies, social lives, and cultures of U.S. Latina/o communities. As a discipline founded after 1960s student protests and now widely established, Latina/o Studies shares its interdisciplinary focus on social inequalities and racial dynamics with other Ethnic Studies disciplines such as Africana Studies and Asian American Studies. Latina/o Studies, however, uniquely focuses on the experiences, cultures, and politics of people of Latin American descent living in the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Goals for the Latino/a Studies Minor
- To be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of the largest minority group in the United States and to its increasing importance in all areas of U.S. social life.
- To understand the historical, social, and political contexts of Latina/o life and culture in the United States.
- To examine the relationships between this group and other minority groups within the United States.
- To illuminate the transnational ties and global contexts of Latina/os.