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Undergrad Minor Ph.D. Minor Spring '17 Courses Cross-Listed Courses Why Latino Studies?



Latino Studies PhD Minor

This Ph.D. minor in Latino Studies (LATS) allows graduate students in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, Business, Law, and Education to develop expertise on the historical and contemporary experiences of Latinos in social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. The Latino Studies Program emphasizes interdisciplinary, comparative, and applied approaches to knowledge. It addresses the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central Americans and other Latin Americans who have immigrated to the United States or who have resided in the U.S. for multiple generations.  Our courses examine Latino communities and experiences within local, national, transnational, and diasporic contexts. 


12 credit hours in course work directly related to Latino Studies subject matter

Core Course

  • L599-Individualized Readings (1-4 credits)
  • L601-Colloquium in Latino Studies (3-4 credits)
  • L701-Research Seminar in Latino Studies (3-4 credits)

Spring 2017 Graduate Course Offerings

LATS-L 599 Individualized Readings (1-4 CR)

Course #10685
Time: ARR
Instructor: S. Martinez
Above class requires permission of Department

LATS-L 601-Colloquium in Latino Studies (3CR)
Course #33324
Time: 1:00p-2:15PM TR
Title: Rev & Cold War in Lat Literature
Above class meets with AMST-G 751, ENG-L 635, and HISP-S 688
Instructor: D. Cohn

Course #33440
Time: 9:30AM-12:15PM W
Title: Sociology of Higher Education
Above class meets with EDUC-H 637
Instructor: S. Martinez

Course #33443
Time: 9:30AM-12:15PM R
Title: History of Latino Education
Above class meets with EDUC-H 637
Instructor: D. Danns

There has been a growing interest by academics to understand the history, education, politics, and social and cultural experiences of Latinos.  Far from a monolithic group, the presence and growth of Latinos in areas outside the Southwest has had a transformative effect nationwide.  Yet few understand the diverse histories of Latinos and far less their educational experiences and contributions to American society.

This course is designed to provide a broad history of the schooling and educational experiences of Latinos in urban and rural areas across the country, within K-12 and higher education.  This class will focus on the experiences of people of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent since these groups represent the largest two Latino groups in the U.S.  We will explore the following questions: Why have so many Latinos immigrated to the U.S. and where have they chosen to live?  What were the experiences of Latinos whose lands were acquired through war and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo?  How was the schooling experiences similar or different based on location and community demographics?  How did Latinos respond to their schooling experiences and how has their role in the labor market impacted their education?  What has been the impact of race, ethnicity, language, and class on their lived and educational experiences?  By the end of this course, students will better understand Latinos' educational opportunities and challenges as well as their struggle to improve their lives and broaden what it means to be American.   


Where can I get more information?
To learn more about our minor requirements, or to schedule an appointment to discuss how Latino Studies can benefit you, contact:

Dr. Sylvia Martínez
Director, Latino Studies Program
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
phone: (812) 856-1795