Latina/o Studies is an academic field born out of the social and political movements of Latinos in the U.S. The Latina/o Studies program (LTS) explores the historical, cultural, political, and socio-economic experiences of the largest minoritized ethnic group in the United States. The LTS program aims to produce knowledge about the growing Latina/o populations living in the United States in order to challenge taken-for-granted notions of race, ethnicity, and citizenship as they intersect with transnational identities. LTS is interdisciplinary by nature, and includes research from the fields of history, law, literature, economics, education, sociology, linguistics, philosophy, and health and medicine, covering a plethora of topics, including critical race theory, postcolonial and decolonial theory, border studies and immigration, gender studies, film studies, and critical and cultural studies. The LTS minor provides a comprehensive, in-depth approach to key issues in order to create lasting change in local and global communities. Students in the LTS program prepare themselves for graduate studies and careers in law, counseling, education, marketing, journalism, social work, public policy, and health care.
Students who graduate from the Latina/o Studies Program will be able to:
To understand the historical, cultural, political, and socio-economic experiences of Latina/o communities.
To Integrate the body of knowledge about these populations into the understanding of the U.S.
To engage with Latina/o communities through the public and the private sector.