Minor in Latina/o Studies

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The Latina/o Studies minor is a versatile academic program that could be the key to your success upon graduating from The University of Iowa. Latina/os are the largest minority in Iowa and across the country. Yet despite this fact, too many people enter the world beyond college knowing little about the culture, history, and politics of this large and growing group of people who are central to our diverse world. This minor prepares you to better understand the breadth and distinction of Latina/o experiences in the United States.

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The minor in Latina/o Studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. 

Foundation Course (3 s.h. required)
LATS:2280 Introduction to Latina/o Studies

Historical and Cultural Approaches (at least 6 s.h. from these)

COMM:1000 First-Year Seminar (Puerto Rican Young Lords)

ENGL:3467 Latinx Literatures & Cultures

HIST:1040 Latina/o/x History-- Conquest to the Present

HIST:4216  Mexican American History

LATS:1700 Latino/a Literature in the U.S.

LATS:1765 U.S. Latino Religions

LATS:1898 Intro Latina/o/x Communication & Culture

LATS:2040 Spanish for Heritage Speakers

LATS:2050 Spanish in the U.S.

LATS:2400 Health/Intersectionality Latinx Peoples

LATS:3000 Writing Skills for Heritage Speakers

LATS:3104 Immigration Politics


LATS:3217 Latina/o Immigration

LATS:3400 Chicano Literature and Culture

LATS:3415 Latina/o/x Protest, Movement, Resistance

LATS:3440 Topics in Latino/a Literature & Culture

LATS:3550 Latinas, Latinos, Latinx, and the Law

LATS:4800 Latino/a Popular Culture

LATS:4805 Chicano Cinema

SPAN:3091 Spanish Creative Literacy Outreach

SPAN:3130  Introduction to Bilingualism

SPAN:3170  Intro to Spanish Language Acquisition

SPAN:4830 The Hispanic World in the Digital Era


Comparative and Transnational Topics (at least 3 s.h. from these)

ANTH:3111/GHS:3040  Health in Mexico
ANTH:3142 American Cultures
COMM:2076 Race, Ethnicity, and Media
ENGL:3525 Literature and Culture of the Americas
ENGL:3535  Inter-American Studies
GWSS:2650 Global Reproduction
HIST:4334  Topics in American Borderlands History
LATS:3551  Topics in Latina/o Studies - Comparative & Transnational
PHIL:3342 Multiculturalism and Toleration
POLI:1900 Intro to the Politics of Race
SJUS:2250 History of Social Justice Movements
SPAN:2005 Writing Global Spanish


Additional Course  (3 s.h.)

One course from the historical and cultural approaches list, or the comparative and transnational topics list, or LATS:4990 Independent Project in Latina/o Studies

The 15 s.h. required for the minor must include at least 12 s.h. earned at the University of Iowa.  No more than 6 s.h. of coursework used to satisfy another major, minor or certificate may be applied toward the minor.

For more information about the Latina/o Studies minor see the UI Catalog.