- Behavioral & Social Sciences
- Undergraduate Minor
- Social Sciences
- Latin American and Latino Studies
The Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department integrates the study of Chicanx and Latinx communities in the United States with analysis of the histories, politics, cultures, and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean.
LALS courses address changing political, social, economic, and cultural realities, including migration and transnational communities; gender, racial, sexual, and ethnic relations and identities; social movements; diverse forms of cultural expression; political and economic restructuring in Latin America; and the challenges of political and economic inequities and empowerment for Latinx communities in the United States.
Students in LALS learn to develop thoughtful analysis and clear arguments on controversial topics. Through internship and field study experiences, students can acquire useful, pre-professional skills in any of the following key areas: community development/advocacy, public policy, education, journalism, media, performance, and research/writing, among others.
A variety of field study, research, and internship opportunities may be arranged through LALS courses and campus affiliates (such as study abroad, affiliated faculty, and the Research Center for the Americas (RCA) and its Human Rights Investigations Lab) and applied toward LALS degree requirements. The LALS Department enjoys a close relationship with the RCA, located at Casa Latina at Merrill College. Many of our students also build connections at El Centro, the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center, and other community resource centers on campus.
LALS accepts two electives from outside our program to enhance students' interdisciplinary experience. Students choose from a list of pre-approved electives or petition faculty to consider a new course.
LALS students may benefit from visiting our Scholarships and Awards page early in their careers to learn more about funding for undergraduate research.
Catalog Program Statement
- Latin American and Latino Studies B.A. and Language Intensive Concentration
- Latin American and Latino Studies/Politics Combined B.A.
- Latin American and Latino Studies/Sociology Combined B.A.
- Latin American and Latino Studies Minor
First-Year (Freshman) Requirements
First-year students will find that the LALS major offers enough flexibility to consider adding a minor, a second major, or other enrichment activities to enhance the undergraduate experience. LALS is also a three-year pathway option, for students who wish to graduate early.
This is a non-screening major.
LALS is a flexible major that will allow transfer students to take advantage of study abroad, research and field study opportunities, and balance other commitments like jobs and family responsibilities. Connecting with LALS Advising and other support resources early on will increase the options available to transfer students who plan to graduate within two years.
Internships and Career Opportunities
Graduates of our program have developed transferable skills and interests from their studies leading to careers in a wide variety of fields, including:
- education and education administration
- counseling and social work
- community organizing
- government and policy
- journalism and the media
- environmental science
- global economics
- global and community health
- legal services
- library science
Many students have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in the United States or abroad in fields such as anthropology, American and ethnic studies, bilingual education, communications, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, law, literature, media, migration studies, public health, social work, sociology, and urban planning.