Jul 19, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Latinx Studies, Minor

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A minor in U.S. Latinx Studies allows students to acquire knowledge about Latinx populations in the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective. U.S. Latinx Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that examines the experiences of Latinx in the U.S. from a variety of perspectives, such as the historical, anthropological, political, linguistic, cultural, artistic and literary among many others. Scholarship in Latinx Studies varies and often encompasses studies on immigration, citizenship, race, social disparities, gender, and sexuality. The category of Latinx in the United States encompasses recent immigrants, peoples who trace their ancestry to Spanish colonies in what is now the U.S., peoples with roots in what was formerly Mexican territory, and peoples whose families come from Latin America.

Minor Requirements

Language Competency

Minors must demonstrate competence in the Spanish language at the SPAN 202  level. This may be demonstrated either by successfully passing SPAN 202  or SPAN 211 , placing into a 300-level Spanish class or above, or otherwise demonstrating this level of competence to the satisfaction of the Chair of the World Languages program.

Total: 20 Credits

1 Travel course to U.S.-Mexico Border and/or similar course work taken while studying abroad in Latin America could count towards minor.
2 PSY 310  may count towards minor only when service-learning component is related to U.S. Latinx. Must be approved by Spanish Program or Director of U.S. Latinx Studies minor in consultation with course instructor for inclusion in minor.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a minor in U.S. Latinx Studies will:

  1. Develop knowledge of the histories of Latinx in the United States in relation to broader U.S. histories
  2. Comprehend the complex social, political, and economic relationships between the U.S. and Latin America.
  3. Understand Latin American immigration to the U.S., as it relates to socio-political and economic dynamics between the U.S. and Latin America.
  4. Become familiar with U.S. Latinx cultural production and the contributions Latinxs have made to the U.S. cultural landscape.
  5. Develop an understanding of Latinx political activism and participation in the U.S.
  6. Recognize the importance of categories of difference, i.e. race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and sexuality in shaping Latinx experiences in the U.S.
  7. Identify a number of contemporary social theories as they inform U.S. Latinx Studies.

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