College Catalog: 2013-2014

Salameno School of American and International Studies (SSAIS): Latino/a and Latin American Studies

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About the Minor

Latino/a and Latin American Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary minor.  Traditional disciplines (such as history, sociology, literature, and language) are organized into a program of study so that the student may develop familiarity with history, politics and social issues in Latin America as well as a knowledge of the complexity of Latino/a cultures and studies in the United States.  Students who complete this minor should be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of U.S.-Latin American relations and sensitivity to the global, diverse nature of cultural issues in Latin America and those surrounding the Latino/a community in the U.S.

Latin America consists of many countries from the Rio Grande to the South Pole.  Each of these countries possesses varied and dynamic cultures.  For example, the best of the modern age can be found in the huge metropolitan centers of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Mexico City.  The best of the ancient civilizations still survive, for instance, in the Maya of Mexico and Central America and the Inca and Tupi-Guarani of South America.  The United States is home to often several generations of people of Latino heritage whose ancestors either precede the founding of the nation or who migrated and settled there bringing with them their cultural richness and creating new cultural expressions in the new land.

The minor is offered by a faculty with varied backgrounds.  Classes are offered on a regular basis in sociology, history, Spanish language and literature.  In addition, there are courses offered in art, music, media and migration, to name a few.

A program of Latino/a American Studies is highly recommended in combination with such majors as International Business, International Studies, Social Work, Communications, or Spanish.  In fact, as Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S., spoken by approximately 45 million people, 15% of the total population, the college graduate will undoubtedly encounter people of Latino or Latin American origin in any area in which he/she works (according to 2006 census figures).

Requirements of the Minor
  1. Students are required to take 5 courses (20 credits) to complete this minor.
  2. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.