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Latino Studies

Minor in Latino Studies

The minor in Latino Studies (LATS) will prepare students to examine the history and culture of Latinos in the United States and to connect current trends of this US population with perspectives from other schools, departments, and programs. Students will explore the challenges facing the Latino community and the ways in which the community uses its numbers and cultural capital to address these challenges. Also, this new minor will provide the opportunity to directly study the Latino culture and the dramatic demographic and cultural change currently occurring in the United States. Hispanics are now the fastest-growing minority in the country. This minor will take advantage of the influx of Latinos in central Indiana and the prominence of IUPUI as an urban university dedicated to pluralism and internationalization.

A minor in Latino Studies will allow students to examine significant issues in this field under the supervision of a group of experts and reinforce this learning with materials from one of the most impressive libraries in the country. In addition, students will broaden their perspectives through participation in community and civic engagement activities, study abroad programs in Latin America, and exposure to the cultural and artistic products of Latinos. As importantly, connections with the Center on Philanthropy, the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs will prepare the student for work in the non-profit sector.

A minor in Latino Studies (LATS) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of a total of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese (determined by receiving credit through the 204+ level coursework or by taking a placement test).
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html

Minor Requirements:

Required courses (9 credit hours/ 3 courses): 

  • LATS-L 101: Introduction to Latino Studies (3 cr.) 
  • LATS-L 228: US/ Latino Identity (3 cr.) 
  • LATS-L 350: Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies: Latinos in the US: Origins and Prospects (3 cr.)  

Elective courses (6 credit hours/ 2 courses)

In consultation with the program director, students may choose two elective courses from a growing list of approved interdisciplinary courses spanning a broad array of related courses on campus, which include:

  • AFRO-A 202: The West and the African Diaspora
  • AMST-A 301: The Question of American Identity
  • AMST-A 302: The Question of American Community
  • AMST-A 303: Topics in American Studies
  • ANTH-A 460: Topics in Anthropology
  • ANTH-E 300: Cultures of Mexico and Central America
  • ANTH-E 384: The African Diaspora
  • ANTH-E 403: Women of Color in the U.S.
  • ANTH-E 457: Ethic Identity
  • ANTH-L 401: Language, Power, and Gender
  • COMM-C 180: Introduction to Interpersonal Communications
  • COMM-G 400: Health Provider-Consumer Communication
  • COMM-C 482: Inter-Cultural Communication
  • ECON-E 101: Survey of Current Economic Issues and Problems
  • ECON-E 307: Current Economic Issues
  • EDUC-E 201: Multicultural Education and Global Awareness
  • EDUC-M 317: Student Commonality and Diversity
  • ENG-L 379: Ethic Minority Literature of the U.S.
  • ENG-W 366: Written Englishes: Living Cultural Realities
  • GEOG-G 323: Geography of Latin America
  • GEOG-G 324: Geography of the Caribbean
  • GEOG-G 363: Landscapes and Cultures of the Caribbean
  • HER-H 300: Black Visual Artists
  • HIST-A 421: Topics in U.S. History
  • HIST-A 352: History of Latinos in the U.S.
  • HIST-F 341: Latin America: Conquest and Empire
  • HIST-F 342: Latin America: Evolution and Revolution Since Independence
  • HIST-F 346: Modern Mexico
  • HIST-F 347: History of the U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • INTL-I 100: Introduction to International Studies
  • INTL-I 415: Individual Readings in International Studies
  • JOUR-J 475: Race, Gender and the Media
  • LSTU-L 385: Class, Gender and Race
  • PHIL-P 323 Society and State in the Modern World
  • PHST-P 105: Giving and Volunteering in America
  • PHST-P 201: Traditions and Practice in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P 210: Philanthropy and the Social Sciences
  • PHST-P 211: Philanthropy and the Humanities
  • PHST-P 212: Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
  • POLS-Y 337: Latin American Politics
  • POLS-Y 377: Globalization
  • REL-R 328: Religions of the African Diaspora
  • REL-R 400: Studies in Religion
  • SHRS-W 250: Health and Rehabilitation Systems across the World
  • SHRS-W 460: Global Perspectives in Nutrition, Health, Disease and Disability
  • SOC-R 121: Social Problems
  • SOC-R 461: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SPAN-S 231: Spanish-American Fiction in Translation
  • SPAN-S 323: Introduction to Translating Spanish and English
  • SPAN-S 360: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN-S 363: Introduction to Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN-S 412: Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN-S 423: The Craft of Translation
  • SPAN-S 440: Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • SPAN-S 470: Women and Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN-S 472: Spanish-American Literature
  • SPAN-S 477: Twentieth-Century Spanish-American Prose Fiction
  • SPEA-V 221: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • SPEA-J 275: Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
  • SPEA-V 362: Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • SPEA-V 380: Internship in Public and Environmental Affairs
  • SWK-S 100: Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
  • SWK-S 300: Global Society: Human, Economic, Social, and Political Issues
  • SWK-S 300: Latin American Issues in a Global Society
  • TCEM-T 234: Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • TCEM-T 483: Ecotourism

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.