*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.
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.
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.
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.
Please visit the Transnational Studies 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.
Please contact the undergraduate secretary to schedule an appointment with our director of undergraduate studies.
Undergraduate secretary: Kathryn Cartwright
Main office: 1004 Clemens Hall
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