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Latino/a and Latin American Studies


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About Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Latino/a and Latin American Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary minor. Traditional disciplines (such as history, sociology, literature, 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 Latinx community in the U.S.

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.

Latinos are now 60 million or 18% of the U.S. population, and are expected to nearly double by 2050, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections.  College graduates will increasingly encounter Latinos in the workplace and community, and so learning about their history, culture, social and economic issues will add depth to future interactions with Latinx in the U.S. and Latin America.

Classes you can Take:

Latin American Culture and Civilization, Latin American Culture and Society, Contemporary Latin America, Latino Images and Hollywood, Colonial Latin America, Doing Business in Latin America, Human Rights in Latin America, U.S. – Latin American Relations, New York as a Latino Cityscape, Music in Latin America

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Archivists$33,760 - $92,680
Instructional Coordinators$36,070 - $116,330
Public Relations Specialists$38,610 - $136,450
Customer Service Representatives$23,250 - $61,920
Interpreters and Translators$42,960 - $114,360
Curators$32,910 - $99,030
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary$41,890 - $174,550

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit