Latina/Latino Studies, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Latina/Latino Studies

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The Undergraduate Major in Latina/Latino Studies explores the experiences and lives of Latinas/os in the context of the United States. The major provides a broad and deep approach to theory, research, and multidisciplinary study of the Latina/o experience. Students will complete 34 hours of required and elective courses, and a minimum of 18 hours of supporting course work or a minor in an area outside of the major. Students majoring in Latina/Latino Studies receive excellent preparation for graduate study or careers in education, social and welfare policy, counseling, law, public policy, and other fields that address Latino issues.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Latina/Latino Studies


Advising: The Department of Latina/Latino Studies provides advising for students. Students will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help plan a coherent program in their selected area of study.

Departmental distinction: To graduate with distinction in Latina/Latino Studies, a student must have at least a 3.25 overall GPA, a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major, and complete a senior honors thesis. To complete the honors thesis requires a student to enroll in four hours of LLS 495, normally distributed evenly across two consecutive semesters. Students graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in the major (and meeting the other conditions) will be awarded Distinction; those with at least a 3.7 GPA in the major will be given High Distinction.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: 52 hours required, including 34 hours in Latina/Latino Studies courses. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

LLS 100Intro Latina/Latino Studies3
LLS 385Theory and Methods in LLS3
Thematic Areas
Students must take two courses in each of the following three areas:
A. Literature, Media and Culture6
Latina/o Popular Culture
Intro to Latina/o Literature
Latina/os on the Bronze Screen
Latina/o Anthropology
19thC US Latina/o Lit-ACP
Literatures of the Displaced
Contemporary US Latina/o Lit
Chicana/Latina Autobiography, Memoir, Testimonio
Latina/o Media in the US
Writing Latina/o Chicago
Commodifying Difference
Latina/o Performance
Border Latina, Latino Cultures
B. Race, Gender, and Sexuality6
Latina/o Genders & Sexualities
Race and the Politics of Reproduction
Politics of Hip Hop
Gender & Latina/o Migration
Race and Mixed Race
Race, Gender and the Body
Chicanas&Latinas: Self&Society
Latina Literature
Race, Sex, and Deviance
Race, Medicine, and Society
C. History, Politics, and Society6
Latina/o Migration
Latina/o Social Movements
Mapping Latina/o Inequalities
Mexican-American History
Caribbean Latina/o Migration
Criminalization and Punishment
Latinas/os & Public Policy
Latina/o Ethnography
Latina/os and the City
Race and Migration in Chicago
Latinas/os & the Law
Immigration, Health & Society
LLS 490Research and Writing Seminar4
or LLS 495 Senior Honors Thesis
LLS Electives selected from the list of all LLS and cross-listed LLS classes6
Supporting coursework chosen in consultation with an advisor; may be a campus approved minor18
Total Hours52