Latina/Latino Studies * : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Students in the Latina/Latino Studies program are introduced to a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, Spanish, history, English, humanities, political science, philosophy, women's studies, and theatre.

Acceptance Criteria

Consultation with the director of the Latina/Latino Studies program and completion of a formal application.
Completion of ENG 277 or LLS 204.

Applications to the minor are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are available at the department office or on the RLL website.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The average class size depends on how widely the content appeals to students; if it is specifically a Latina/o topic, it may appeal to fewer students, and the class will be smaller. If the topic is broader, it may appeal to a wider audience, including Spanish and English majors. Spanish courses are of particular interest to the Latina/o student as well as to the Spanish majors. Usually an upper-level Spanish course has a full capacity of twenty-four.

The program director and several other professors teach the Latina/Latino courses. Most of the 300- and 400-level courses across the disciplines are also taught by professors, rather than teaching assistants.

Some courses frequently offered in the Latina/o Studies program are: Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture, Black Presence in Latin American Culture, Mainland Puerto Rican Experience. Others offered by the program director are: Literature and Philosophy Studies, Spanish American Literature in Translation, Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature, The Caribbean Short Story, Spanish American Novel, and Latina Writers.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Dr. Ramón Soto-Crespo has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Purdue University. He specializes in areas such as Latina/o and Caribbean literature, continental philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Independent study is available for approved students. Students should confer with the program director before they register for independent study.

Extracurricular Activities

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:37 EST