Latina/Latino Studies

What Is It?:

Latina/Latino Studies (LLS) is an interdisciplinary department devoted to the study of Latin American origin populations in the United States. We offer small, intimate classes in which students can critically explore various facets of Latina/o social, political, and cultural life. LLS faculty—trained in diverse disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history, media studies, literature, performance studies, public health, and ethnic studies—are excellent teachers and scholars deeply committed to working with undergraduates. Our goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledges they need to be active and successful participants in our multi-racial, multi-cultural democracy. 

Latina/os are now the largest minority group in the United States, making up 17% of the population. As a consequence, knowledge of this group has become indispensable if students are to be engaged citizens and forward-thinking leaders in today’s society. Furthermore, educational institutions, government agencies, corporations, and other employers are always looking to hire individuals who understand the complex histories, cultures, and socio-economic conditions of Latina/o communities.

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

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • LLS 100—Intro Latina/Latino Studies
  • LLS 220—Mexican & Latin Am Migration
  • LLS 230Latina/o Genders & Sexualities
  • LLS 240—Latina/o Popular Culture

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
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Cultural Affairs 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 think logically and quickly
  • Ability to understand and interact effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Background of general knowledge
  • Effective leadership and community engagement
  • Good listening, clarifying and responding skills
  • High proficiency in reading, speaking and writing
  • Sensitivity to advocacy and activism

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 Latina/o Studies AssociationLatin American 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.