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.
- 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.
Latina/Latino Studies graduates go on to pursue advanced study or careers in law, business, education, politics, the humanities, and social sciences.
- 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
- Arts Administration and Curation
- Business Manager
- Community Affairs Specialist
- Conflict Resolution Specialist
- Consumer Advocate
- 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
- K-12 Educator
- 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
- Travel Consultant
Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.
- 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.
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 Association, Latin American Studies Association and Latin American Network Information Center, LASA, UNIDOS US, MALDEF, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
To find out more and see past distinguished alumni, visit Department of Latina/Latino Studies.