The Latin American and Latino Studies minor examines the central historical, political, economic, and cultural factors of Latin America and U.S.-based Latina/o/e Communities. Students will analyze root causes of migration and structural barriers that impact immigrants from Latin America, while expanding and building confidence in their Spanish communication skills and critically reflecting on the complexity of social and cultural identity.
The minor centers the knowledge, lived experience, and social capital of Latinas/os/e and counters narratives that describe Latina/o/e culture as a monolith, engaging students in course content and communities that represent multiple and complex cultural identities and histories.
The two required Service-Learning courses for the minor are taught in Spanish and students will employ their Spanish language skills working with the migrant community of the Canal neighborhood in San Rafael.
Students will demonstrate the ability to do the following:
Evaluate the unique character of Latin America and its diasporic cultures, including the region’s diverse historical roots and enduring colonial status.
Apply Spanish communication skills.
- Analyze and address issues related to cultural identity and social issues in U.S. Latino communities through community-engaged learning.
Possible career options for students studying Latin American and Latino Studies include:
- Advocacy and NGO Management
- Community Organizing
- Cultural Advising
- Foreign Service
- International Relations