Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies

Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies

The Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is dedicated to multi-disciplinary teaching and scholarship in the areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, Latinx in the United States, and race and ethnicity in the United States.

The department offers the following academic programs of study:
Our major and minor offer students the opportunity to:
  • Develop an understanding of the growing Latinx presence in the United States
  • Explore the political, historical, socio-economic and cultural dimensions of Latin America
  • Analyze the possibilities and obstacles that face Latin American societies and U.S. Latinx communities
  • Understand U.S. Latinx and Latin Americans in the global and U.S. contexts
  • Engage in activities that develop writing, oral, research, and critical thinking skills—skills needed for careers in the 21st century
As part of our mission, the LLS Department offers its students access to experiential learning and other unique educational opportunities, including these special initiatives and programs:
  • Raising Scholars of Justice Pre-law Pipeline Program, in collaboration with St. John's University School of Law and he University of Houston Law Center,, offers a unique and comprehensive program to prepare students to apply for and succeed in law school

  • Study Abroad Programs in Latin America offer students the opportunity to travel and learn throughout Latin America.

  • Internship and fieldwork opportunities are available to students in our major and minor.

  • Mentoring and Promoting Student Academic Success LLS faculty engage in mentoring students and participate in initiatives, such as Adelante, the First Year Seminars and Transfer Seminars, that implement best teaching practices and promote student academic success.

  • La Voz, a student-run club that sponsors events and an online newsletter in collaboration with the LLS Department.