Gustavo Licón
Assistant Professor and 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.

Minors are required to take six courses (18 credit hours), two from Conceptual Frameworks and one each from the following four categories:

  1. Policy and Praxis
  2. Culture and History
  3. Power and Liberation
  4. Comparative and International

The Minor in Latino/a/x Studies:  FALL 2020 courses are in bold.      

Conceptual Framework Courses (6 credits required in this category)

CSCR

10700

Introduction to Latino/a Studies

CSCR

12300

Introduction to Culture, Race & Ethnicity Concepts

Policy & Praxis {choose one 3 credit course in this category)

CSCR

30501

Practicum in Social Change: Urban Mentorship Initiative

CSCR

32400

Critical Race Theories in the United States

CSCR

35200

Punishment, Prisons & Democracy

ANTH

36600

Anthropology of the U.S. Military

SOCI

20300

Juvenile Delinquency/Youth Incarceration and Justice

SOCI

24000

Special Topics in Inequality: Inequality and its Consequences

SOCI

33703

Discipline and Punishment in Public Schools

SOCI

43501

ST: Surveillance & Society

Culture & History (choose one 3 credit course in this category)

CSCR

20700

Hip Hop Feminism

CSCR

21100

American Gangster

CSCR

26100

Watching Race in American Media

ARTH

28700

Latino Art in the United States

ARTH

22929

ST: Art: Race and Representation in Latin America

ANTH

36400

From Equal to Unequal: New World Transformations

ENGL

36900

Multicultural American Literature

HIST

18400

Caribbean History 1492-present

HIST

23300

Colonial Latin America

SPAN

32500

Experiencing Hispanic Literature

SPAN

33300

Latin American Civil Society & Culture

SPAN

33800

Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN

38000

Latino/a Culture through Literature

SPAN

37900

Latin American Fiction

SPAN

47300

Modernismo

Power & Liberation (choose one 3 credit course in this category)

CSCR

25600

Politics of Whiteness

CSCR

30100

Feminist and Queer Latinx

CSCR

35100

Race & Sexual Politics

CSCR

37400

Latino/a Resistance Movements

HIST

39202

Revolution & Counter Revolutions

HLTH

21300

Multicultural Perspectives on Healing

POLT

40112

SEM: Global Indigenous Struggle

SOCI

43701

Special Topics in Inequality: Women of Color

SPAN

33400

Teatro: From Page to Stage

SPAN

37900

ST: Latin American Revolutions

Comparative & International (choose one 3 credit course in this category)

CSCR

23700

Policing the Borderlands: Power, Policy, and Justice

CSCR

42000

Scholarship of and by Women of Color

CSCR

47800

Las Americas: Globalizing Latino/a Studies

ARTH

26500

Latin American Modern Art

ARTH

22926

Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture

HIST

23400

Latin America since Independence

HIST

38700

History of Disease and Health in Latin America

LNGS

11100

Global Screen Cultures

POLT

34012

Race & International Relations Theory

POLT

33100

Latin American Politics

SOCI

20700

Race and Ethnicity

SOCI

33700

Special Topics in Inequality: Advanced Race and Ethnicity

SOCI

34500

21st Century Conversations on Race