Majors/Minors

The Latina and Latino Studies Program is proud to offer both a major and a minor. The major and minor will expose students to the intellectual, methodological, and disciplinary traditions in Latina/o Studies. Additionally, the major and minor will also ask students to engage in comparative analysis through coursework in Asian American Studies and African American Studies.

A unique feature of the Latina and Latino Studies major asks students to engage in immersive learning. By this we mean learning that in some form asks students to be deeply engaged in ways not typically considered in the classroom. Some examples might include activist work in and with Latina/o communities; internships related to Latinas/os; a study abroad in relevant countries; embodying or creating Latina/os expressive culture through a series of dance or theatre courses offered here at NU; Chicago Field Studies internships in related sites; a senior thesis or its equivalent on a topic within Latina/o Studies scholarship. In some cases, students will not be earning specific credit toward graduation for their immersion experiences (such a service-learning, volunteering, activism) while in other cases they may be (such as study abroad, Chicago Field Studies, independent studies that leads to a senior thesis).

Major in Latina and Latino Studies

16 quarter-courses selected in consultation with the program director from the approved list of Latina/o studies related courses. In addition to the course work, students will complete an ‘immersion’ experience related to Latina/os.

  • 1 introductory course: LATINO 201 or LATINO 203.
  • 1 senior year seminar: LATINO 395. A student may substitute LATINO 399 Independent Study and an approved Senior Thesis for this course.
  • 6 core courses: Of the six core courses whose content is primarily about U.S. Latinas/os, the student and program adviser will identify at least one course from each of the three broad disciplinary categories: Social Sciences, History, and Humanities. At least 4 core courses must be taken at the 300 level.
  • 4 comparative courses in U.S. race and ethnicity: Any course offered by the Department of African American Studies, the Asian American Studies Program, and other courses with consent of the director with substantial course content about Asian Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, or other US-based ethnic/racial groups. At least 2 of these courses must be at the 300 level.

Related courses

Four courses chosen with the consent of the program director, typically drawn from Latin American and Caribbean Studies, English, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Economics, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Theatre, American Studies. One course must have gender and/or sexuality analysis as a central focus. At least two courses must be at the 300 level.

Immersion component

This requirement calls for some immersion experience with Latina/o communities in the US or a Latina/o transnational counterpart. Any immersion experience must gain prior approval from the program director. Courses that satisfy this component may double count with elective and required courses. Some examples of an immersion component might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Study abroad in Mexico or Latin America
  • Chicago Field Studies
  • Senior thesis in the area of Latina/o Studies
  • Independently proposed research or internship
  • SESP 299-1, 2 Service Learning Capstone Research Project if it relates to Latina/o communities
  • 2 performance-based courses in Theatre, dance, communication, sound design and/or performance with a US Latina/o focus. Examples of these include:
    • Acting III 349-3 Latino Theatre
    • Dance 335-20 Special Topics in Dance Research: Latino Crossroads

Minor in Latina and Latino Studies

Six quarter-courses selected in consultation with the program director and drawn from the approved list of courses related to Latina/os.

  • 1 introductory course: LATINO 201 or LATINO 203. Students may take both courses but only one will count toward the minor.
  • 3 core courses: Courses must be chosen from the approved list (complete list is located here). 1 course must be chosen from each of the three broad disciplinary categories: Social Sciences, History, and Humanities. All courses must be at the 300 level.
  • 2 comparative courses in U.S. race and ethnicity (one at the 300 level). Any course offered by the Department of African American Studies, the Asian American Studies Program, and other courses with consent of the director with substantial course content about Asian Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, or other US-based ethnic/racial groups.