Why study Latina/Latino Studies Minor at UB?
*Not a baccalaureate degree program
Latina/Latino studies is an interdisciplinary program within the Department of Transnational Studies, that focuses on various aspects of the Latina/Latino experience in the United States, the Caribbean, and elsewhere in the Americas.
The term Latino is inclusive of the diverse Hispanic communities in the United States, such as Chicano, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and others. The program offers an interdisciplinary minor (but no major). The course of study combines its Latino courses with offerings from history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and language.
Students minoring in the Latina/Latino Studies program are introduced to a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, Spanish, history, English, humanities, political science, philosophy, women's studies, and theater.
The Learning Environment
Some courses frequently offered in the Latina/o Studies program are Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture, Black Presence in Latin American Culture, Mainland Puerto Rican Experience. These courses provide a good overview of what Latina/o studies is about.
About Our Facilities
The Department of Transnational Studies is house in 1004 Clemens Hall and has three dedicated seminar rooms. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.
About Our Faculty
The Latina/Latino Studies program has core faculty within the Department of Transnational Studies who have distinguished themselves as scholars and teachers. Additionally, they are joined by renowned affiliated faculty from throughout the university and western New York.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.
Latinos constitute the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and they are projected to become the largest minority in the country. With an interdisciplinary background, a student will have a deeper understanding of the problems that arise in the fields of law enforcement and justice administration. The coursework of this Minor program further promotes a greater understanding of the Latino/a culture in the medical and health care systems, as well as in education and government.
The director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Transnational Studies is available to meet with students throughout the semester. As we cannot provide advisement through emails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in doing a minor in the Latino/Latina Studies program are encouraged to speak with the director to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria. NOTE: advisement for "general education" and other university requirements is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Please contact the undergraduate secretary to schedule an appointment with our director of undergraduate studies.
Undergraduate secretary: Kathryn Cartwright
Main office: 1004 Clemens Hall
Scholarships and Financial Support
Please see UB Financial Aid office for additional finance assistance.
From the perspective of undergraduate education, the Department of Transnational Studies replicates the experience of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a major research university. We invite students looking for the advantages of being part of a department that combines personal attention with a wide choice of courses. The curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary perspective that contributes to mastering the research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary in a society in which higher education plays such a crucial role. At the same time our students are encouraged to refine and develop their individual interests that stem from the extensive understanding of the field the department’s offerings provide.
Independent study is available for approved students. Students should confer with the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies before they register for independent study.
Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. See Study Abroad.
Becoming a(n) Latina/Latino Studies Minor Student
Becoming a University at Buffalo Student
Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.
Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:
- Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
- Four years of social studies
- Three years of college-preparatory science
- Three years of a second language
- Three years of college-preparatory mathematics
Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.
Current UB Students Applying to the Program
Complete and submit the application form for a Major in Latina/Latino Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies.
Suggested Introductory Courses
ENG 277 Introduction to U.S. Latino Literature or LLS 204 Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture
Completing the Latina/Latino Studies Minor Program
Total required credit hours for the minor is 18 (6 courses).
Complete and submit the application form for a minor in Latina/Latino Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies.
No more than two courses, used to satisfy the requirements of another major/minor, can be used to also satisfy the requirements of a minor in Latina/Latino studies.
The courses listed are not offered in all semesters. Courses with appropriate content may be substituted with permission of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please see the class schedule for specific course offerings in a given semester.
Transfer Credit Policy
The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Transnational Studies, who is a member of the department's full time teaching faculty, is available to meet with students throughout the semester. As we cannot provide advisement through emails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in a Minor in the Polish Studies program are encouraged to speak with the director to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria. NOTE: advisement for "general education" and other university requirements for the American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.
ENG 277 Introduction to U.S. Latino Literature or LLS 204 Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture
ONE LOWER-DIVISION COURSE*
Choose one from any of these courses:
APY 283 Peasant Societies and Cultures
LLS 200 Black Roots in Spanish American Literature
LLS 204 Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture
LLS 208 Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Literature
SPA 241 Spanish for Bilinguals
WS 219 Women of Color and the American Experience
WS 247 Women in Latin America
FOUR UPPER-DIVISION COURSES*
Choose four from any of these courses:
APY 331 Archaeology of the New World
GGS 205 Women in Developing Countries
GGS 315 Cross-Cultural Study of Women (with a Latina/Latino component)
HIS 322 Latin America: Culture and History
HIS 414 Cuban Revolution
HMN 321 Youth Culture in Latin America
HMN 453 Mexican American Anthology
LLS 301 Ethnicity and the Puerto Rican Experience
LLS 303 Mainland Puerto Rican Experiences
LLS 305 Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion
LLS 307 History of Ideas in Puerto Rico
LLS 308 Black Presence in Latin America
LLS 401 Seminar in Puerto Rican Studies
LLS 402 Puerto Rican Literature
LLS 404 Havana: City and Culture
PHI 356 Latino-Hispanic Thought
PHI 385 Latin American Thought
PSC 329 U.S. Latin American Relations
PSC 372 Latin American Politics
SPA 320 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPA 328 Spanish American Culture and Civilization
SPA 330 Spanish American Themes
SPA 360 Spanish American Literature in Translation
SPA 416 Spanish American Theatre
SPA 449 Special Topics I (with a Latina/Latino component)
TH 411 Theatre Workshop (with a Latina/Latino component)
*Courses with appropriate content may be substituted with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.
Total Credit Hours Required
Total Credits Required for Minor: 18
Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.
Students should consult with the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting prerequisite or minor requirements for the Latina/Latino Studies program. For general education and remaining university requirements, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements. NOTE: advisement for “general education” and other university requirements is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services