Latina/Latino Studies

Major Description

The Undergraduate Major in Latina/Latino Studies explores the experiences and lives of Latinas/os history 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 cultures. 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

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.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • LLS 100—Intro Latina/Latino Studies
  • LLS 220—Mexican & Latin Am Migration
  • LLS 230—Latina/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:

Latina/Latino Studies graduates go on to pursue advanced study or careers in law, business, education, politics, the humanities, and social sciences.

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  • 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
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Archivist
  • Arts Administration and Curation
  • 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
  • Health Care Worker
  • Historic Preservation Spec
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Import or Export Specialist
  • International Banker
  • International Consultant
  • Int'l Relations Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • K-12 Educator
  • Lawyer
  • 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
  • Social Worker
  • Translator
  • Travel Consultant

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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.
    • MEChA: MEChA is a majority Latinx student organization that promotes further education, engagement in the community, political participation, history and culture. 
Further Information:

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 CenterLASAUNIDOS USMALDEF, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

To find out more and see past distinguished alumni, visit  Department of Latina/Latino Studies.