Ithaca College

Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Latino/a Studies

Alan Eladio Gómez, Assistant Professor and Coordinator

Latino/a Studies Minor

The courses in the Latino/a studies minor cover a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation and social justice for groups of people.

Specifically, the minor’s goals are to encourage, allow, and facilitate:

  1. A study of the Self in relationship to the Other by investigating the particular areas of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity as well as the nature of encounters between diverse groups of people.  (The focus of many of the courses is on social movements, diasporas, migrations, and a questioning of borders/boundaries, identities, and representations.)
  2. Use of historical and comparative methodologies for providing a contextual understanding of the issues being studied.
  3. A creative combination of epistemological/theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems so that theory can serve as an entry point into praxis. This is necessary for understanding that ideas shape practices and that practices, in turn, reframe our ideas about the world.
  4. A critical approach to issues of representation and identity and, for those so motivated, an opening to construct theories of ethnic/cultural/racial encounters.
  5. An interrogation of notions of location and place. While the minor focuses on the experiences of Latinos/Latinas, it will also problematize the inside/outside binary (e.g., the United States versus groups that are geographically outside the United States, or that are geographically within the United States but excluded from the dominant discourse). In other words, the minor will allow students to study the United States within various global contexts. This is necessary for understanding the interconnected nature of contemporary social life.

Requirements for the Minor in Latino/a Studies

Required courses

Conceptual Frameworks
CSCR 10700 Introduction to Latino/a Studies  3
POLT 14500 Politics of Identity  3

Policy and Praxis
HPS 20500 Critical Health Issues  3

Electives

Culture and History

Select 3 credits from the following:

CSCR 23700 History and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (3)
HIST 20900 Ethnic United States since the Civil War (3)
SPAN 38000 Latino/a Culture through Literature (3)  3

Power and Liberation

Select 3 credits from the following:

CSCR 37400 Latino/a Social Movements (3)
POLT 14100 Power: Sex, Class, and Race (3)
POLT 34200 Liberalism and Marxism (3)  3

Comparative and International

Select 3 credits from the following:

CSCR 47800 Las Américas: Globalizing Latino/a Studies (3)
ARTH 26500 Latin American Art (3)
ENGL 47000 Seminar* (3)
POLT 40100 Seminar: Comparative and International Studies* (3)
POLT 40100 Seminar: Comparative and International Studies* (3)  3
Total, Latino/a studies minor 18

*Students should check with the director of the program for a list of approved seminars.