Latina/Latino Studies

What Is It?:

Latina/Latino Studies draws upon the humanities and social sciences. It explores the experiences and lives of Latina/os in the context of the United States providing a broad approach to theory, research, and multidisciplinary study of the Latina/o experience. With faculty expertise in the areas of anthropology, immigration, health and health disparities, social work, education, psychology, English and literature, gender and sexuality, comparative ethnic studies, advertising, cinema, and media studies, students are exposed to broad range of methodologies, theories, theoretical and applied research as it relates to understanding the intersectional experiences of Latinas/os with issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship status

Students majoring in Latina/Latino Studies receive excellent preparation for graduate study or careers in education, social and welfare policy, counseling, law, public policy, health care, advertising, journalism, and other fields that address Latino issues.

For more information, please visit the Department of Latina/Latino Studies

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • LLS 100—Intro Latina/Latino Studies
  • LLS 201—US Racial & Ethnic Politics
  • LLS 227—Latina/Latinos in Contemporary US

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Anthropology
  • Bilingual-multicultural education
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Community organizing
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Government and community service
  • Historical research
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Music industry
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Translating
  • Travel industry

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • CIA or FBI Agent
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Editor or Writer
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Historic Preservation Spec
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Import or Export Specialist
  • International Banker
  • International Consultant
  • Int'l Relations Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Peace Corps or VISTA Worker
  • Professor or Educator
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publications Specialist
  • Translator
  • Travel Consultant

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • La Colectiva: informs the UIUC population about issues of social justice that concerns the Latino/a community and students of color
    • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Inc.: strives towards the expansion of awareness of the Latino culture among the community, while establishing ourselves as educated, strong, and united women

Related Skills:

  • Ability to adjust to new environments
  • Ability to imitate sounds
  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information
  • Ability to practice for long periods of time
  • Ability to think logically and quickly and make analogies
  • Ability to understand and interact effectively with diverse populations
  • Background of general knowledge
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Good listening, clarifying and responding skills
  • High proficiency in reading, speaking and writing
  • Proficiency in phonetics
  • Sensitivity to advocacy and community building needs

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Latina/Latino Studies, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Latina/Latino Studies.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Latina/Latino Studies.  These organizations include Latin Ameircan Studies Association and Latin American Network Information Center.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Latina/Latino Studies, visit Undergraduate Programs.