Latin American and Latina/o Studies Minor

Latin American and Latina/o Studies Minor


The Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies offers a minor that engages students in the study of Latin America and the study of persons of Latin American descent (Latina/os) in the United States. The minor exposes students to the political, historical, socioeconomic, and cultural possibilities and obstacles for achieving social justice and equity; cross-cultural and intercultural understanding; respect for human integrity and dignity; and awareness of political and human rights.

Minor coordinator. Professor Isabel Martinez, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies (212.237.8674,

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.

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or selected this minor in September 2016 or thereafter must complete the minor in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the minor. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the 2015–2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                                                   Subtotal: 6 credits

LLS 124 Latina/os in the United States
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

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 Popular Musics of the Caribbean  
LLS 130 Introduction to Latin American History
LLS 145 Puerto Rican Culture and Folklore
LLS 166/AFR 166/HIS 166 History of the Caribbean Islands  
LLS 215 Socio-Political Developments in Contemporary Puerto Rico
LLS 220 Human Rights and Law in Latin America
LLS 223 Revolution and Social Change in Latin American Literature and the Arts
LLS 227 Indigenous Latin America
LLS 232/AFR 232 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 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 
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 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
LLS 321 Puerto Rican Latina/o Community Fieldwork 
LLS 322 Latino/a Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
LLS 325 The Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice 
LLS 341 Immigrant Rights in the Americas
LLS 362 Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latina/o Literature
LLS 363 Illegal Subjects: U.S. Latina/o Literature and the Law
LLS 364 Ethical Strains in U.S. Latina/o Literature

Total Credit Hours: 18
Last Updated: 9/28/16