Paula Ioanide
Professor and Interim Coordinator

The Latino/Latina Studies minor (a.k.a. Latinx Studies) explores the experiences of peoples that trace their ancestry back to regions of the Americas (North and South) in what is now the United States and its territories. The minor focuses on studying people that were colonized by Spain and Portugal at some point, as well as indigenous peoples, mixed race (Afro) Mestizas/os, and people of African and European descent in the Americas. Latino and Latina are demographic and political labels created in the 1980s to help build nation-wide political power and unity amongst Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans living in the U.S., as well as the growing number of people immigrating from Central and South America, including the Dominican Republic. Latinx is a label that emerged more recently to question gender norms and labels in the field. The minor centers the experiences and voices of Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx people while exploring major historic and current events in the U.S. and Latin America. Because Latinx Studies is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, students can take classes with CSCRE and affiliated faculty to learn about Latinx history, culture, art, theater, politics, and media. Students also learn about the European colonization of the Americas, U.S.-Latin American relations, American imperialism, Latin American immigration, social hierarchies, intersectionality, and how Latinx communities have reshaped the United States.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the long-term relationship between the U.S and Latin America, and how that has resulted in a long-standing and growing Latino/a/x presence in the U.S.
  2. Examine how social hierarchies intersectionally impact members of the Latinx community
  3. Critically review, critique, and write about Latino/Latina/Latinx Studies scholarship
  4. Express how Latinx individuals and communities have organized to resist, survive, and thrive.

Fall 2022 Minor List
Minor in Latino/a/x Studies Fall 2022

LX Minor FA2022 Courses

   Policy & Praxis    
CSCR 23700    Policing the Borderlands
CSCR 22400    Race, Place & Power
CSCR 32400    Critical Race Theories
SOCI 40500     Surveillance & Society

   Culture & History
HIST 23300     Colonial Latin America
SPAN 32500    Experiencing Hispanic Literature
SPAN 33800    Intro to Latin American Literature
SPAN 37900    ST: Latin Lovers

   Power & Liberation    
CSCR 23100 Issues in Latino/a/x Studies
HLTH 21300    Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health
HLTH 31200    Inequalities in Health

   Comparative & International    
LNGS 11100     Global Screen Cultures
ARTH 26500   Modern Latin American Art