Latin American and Latina/o Studies (BA)

Latin American and Latina/o Studies (BA)

LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINA/O STUDIES (BA)The Latin American and Latina/o Studies major draws on various social science disciplines, such as sociology, political science, anthropology and economics, as well as on disciplines in the humanities, including history, literature and the arts. By integrating these varied disciplines in the LLS courses, this major is designed to ensure that students will have both a comprehensive foundational and interdisciplinary knowledge of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and a specialization in either Latin American Studies or Latina/o Studies.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of the study of Latin America and of Latina/o communities in the U.S.
  • Integrate the fields of Latin American Studies and Latina/o Studies to develop a deep understanding of the relationship between the social, economic, cultural, and political processes of Latin America and the development in the U.S. of communities of persons of Latin American origin or descent.
  • Grasp the relationship between the lives of individuals and the course of history, how one’s life intersects with larger social, political, and economic forces.
  • Appreciate the history of Latin America and that of Latina/os in the U.S. as they struggle for justice and human dignity in the face of persistent structures of injustice, inequality, and the abuse of power.
  • Think critically and evaluate contrasting texts, narratives, and discourses relevant to the diverse cultures of Latin America and U.S. Latina/o communities.
  • Carry out a research project (fieldwork-based or library-based) that includes formulating and justifying a research question, collecting and analyzing data, and articulating conclusions.
  • Communicate research results in various formats, including written and oral presentation.
  • Possess cultural competency, the ability to work successfully in a variety of culturally diverse settings and to analyze, contextualize and interpret culture/cultural behaviors and beliefs.


Credits Required.

Latin American and Latina/o Studies Major (depending on foreign language placement)


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree


Prerequisites. Depending on foreign language placement, students may have to complete the 101-102 (or 111-112) language sequence as prerequisites for the 200-level Spanish or Portuguese requirement. The 101 (or 111) course satisfies the Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues category and the 102 (or 112) course satisfies the College Option: Communications category of the Gen Ed program.

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

Advising resources. Four Year Academic Plan

PART ONE. REQUIRED CORE COURSES                                                                Subtotal: 12 credits 

LLS 124 Latina/os in the U.S.
LLS 130 Introduction to Latin American History 
LLS 242/HIS 242/POL 242 U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
LLS 322 Latina/o Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice 

PART TWO. RESEARCH METHODS                                                                              Subtotal: 3 credits 

LLS 315 Research Methods in Latin American and Latina/o Studies 

PART THREE. STUDY ABROAD, FIELDWORK, OR INDEPENDENT RESEARCH                                                                                                                           Subtotal: 3-4 credits 

Required, Select one option: 
1. Study Abroad in Latin America (3 credits will be earned from the 
course offered as part of the study abroad program) 
2. LLS 321 Puerto Rican/Latina/o Community Fieldwork (4 credits) 
3. LLS 389 Independent Study Research Project (3 credits) 

PART FOUR. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT                                                            Subtotal: 0-3 credits

Students are required to take one 200-level course in Spanish or Portuguese.
Please note: Students who have prior knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish can take a placement exam in the Modern Language Center, (212.484.1140,
SPA 207SPA 308 and SPA 335 do NOT fulfill this language requirement. They are taught in English.

PART FIVE. ELECTIVES                                                                                                     Subtotal: 12 credits 

Students must choose a track and select three courses. In the other track, students must select one course. At least six credits must be taken at the 300-level or above. 

Track A: Latin America 
LLS 110/MUS 110 Popular Music of the Caribbean 
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 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 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 341 Immigrant Rights in the Americas 
LLS 343 Race and Citizenship in the Americas 
LLS 356 Terror and Transitional Justice in Latin America 

Track B: U.S. Latina/os 
LLS 217 Theater of Americas Since 1960 
LLS 241 Latina/os and the City
LLS 247 Growing Up Latina/o
LLS 267/AFR 267/HIS 267 History of Caribbean Migrations to the United States
LLS 325 Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice 
LLS 362 Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latino/a Literature 
LLS 363 Il-legal Subjects: U.S. Latino/a Literature and the Law 
LLS 364 Ethical Strains in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LLS 401 Seminar in Latina/o Issues: Gender, Race, Ethnicity and the Legal System

PART SIX. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE                                                                        Subtotal: 3 credits 

LLS 425 Senior Seminar in Latin American and Latina/o Studies: Issues of Justice and Injustice

PART SEVEN. LLS HONORS OPTION                                                                      Subtotal: 0-3 credits 

LLS 489 Independent Study 400-level
NOTE: Students must qualify for Honors in the LLS major to enroll in LLS 489 Independent Honors Project, see the major coordinator.


                                                                                                                                          Total Credit Hours: 33-40
                                                                                                                                                   Last Updated: 2/14/18