Latin American and Latina/o Studies Minor

The multi-disciplinary Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies offers a minor that includes courses in the areas of history, culture, law, psychology, sociology, politics and literature relating to the experience of Puerto Ricans/Latinas/os in the United States and of Latin Americans in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Minor coordinator. Professor Jose Luis Morin, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies (212.393.6481, jmorin@jjay.cuny.edu)

Requirements. Students must complete 18 credits (six courses) of which 6 are required and 12 are elective. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student's major, other minor or program.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                            Subtotal: 6 credits

LLS 215 Socio-Political Developments in Contemporary Puerto Rico 
LLS 242/POL 242/HIS 242 U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America

PART TWO. DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS          Subtotal: 12 credits

Select two in each category

Category A: Latin America/Caribbean

LLS 101 Poetry and Drama from the Mid-19th Century to Date
LLS 102 Puerto Rican Narrative from the 1940s to the Present
LLS 104/HIS 104 History of Puerto Rico
LLS 110/MUS 110 Popular Musics of the Caribbean  
LLS 145 Puerto Rican Culture and Folklore
LLS 166/AFR 166/HIS 166 History of the Caribbean Islands  
LLS 220 Human Rights and the Law in Latin America
LLS 230/AFR 230 Comparative Perspectives on Crime in the Caribbean  
LLS 245 Dominican Society and Identity 
LLS 250 Drugs, Crime and Law in Latin America 
LLS 255 The Latin American Woman in Global Society
LLS 260/HIS 260 History of Contemporary Cuba
LLS 261/HIS 261 Revolution and Social Change in Contemporary Latin America
LLS 263/AFR 263/HIS 263 Blacks in Latin America
LLS 265/HIS 265 Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
LLS 267/AFR 267/HIS 267 History of Caribbean Migrations to the United States
LLS 280 Selected Topics in Latin American and Latina/o Studies (when topic is appropriate)  
LLS 343 Race and Citizenship in the Americas 
LLS 356 Terror and Transitional Justice in Latin America 

Category B: Latinas/os in the United States

LIT 265 Foundations of U.S. Latino/a Literature
LIT 357 Violence of Language: U.S. Latino/a Street Literature
LIT 383 Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LLS 100 Latina/os and Justice in New York: Freshman Year Seminar
LLS 107 Puerto Rican Literature: Criminal Justice Themes in Poetry and Drama 
LLS 108 Puerto Rican Literature: Criminal Justice Themes in the Essay, Short Story and Novel 
LLS 201 Latinas/os in the Correctional System
LLS 217/DRA 217/SPA 217 Theater of the Americas since 1960
LLS 241 Latina/os and the City
LLS 247 Growing Up Latina/Latino
LLS 280 Selected Topics in Latin American and Latina/o Studies (when topic is appropriate)
LLS 321 Puerto Rican Latina/o Community Fieldwork 
LLS 322 Latino/a Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
LLS 325The Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice 
LLS 341 Immigrant Rights in the Americas
LLS 362 Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latina/o Literature and the Law
LLS 363 Il-legal Subjects: U.S. Latina/o Literature and the Law
LLS 364 Ethical Strains in U.S. Latino/a Literature

Total: 18 credits

Latin American and Latina/o Studies Honors Minor

Description. The honors minor in Latin American and Latina/o Studies seeks to encourage and assist students to excel in all their courses by providing research and writing skills workshops, as well as workshops about graduate and law school studies. Coursework is centered on Latin America and the Caribbean, Latinas/os in the United States as well as race and ethnicity generally in the United States.

Minor coordinator. Professor Lisandro Peréz, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies (212.237.8708, loperez@jjay.cuny.edu).

Requirements.

  •  Completion of a minimum of 18 credits with a GPA of at least 3.3 (B+) in the Latin American and Latina/o Studies courses.
  •  Participation in and completion of at least one of the research and writing skills workshops offered by the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies.
  •  Participation in and completion of at least one graduate/law school career development workshop.
  •  Completion of an honors thesis written under the supervision of a member of the department faculty. The thesis must be a minimum of 10 pages, using the APA citation form, and of B+ quality or better.
  •  A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student's major, other minor or program.