Latina/o Studies Minor

Department of English and Comparative Literature

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(919) 962-5481

María DeGuzmán, Program Director

Mary Floyd-Wilson, Chair

Hilary Lithgow, ECL Undergraduate Advisor

Jennifer Larson, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Latina/o studies is constituted from the transdisciplinary study of Latina/o cultural production and experience in terms of a whole variety of factors. Latinas/os are defined as people of Latin American and Iberian descent living and working or based in the United States, but also moving between the United States and the rest of the Americas. Latina/o studies takes as its primary concern the presence of Latin America, Spain, and the myriad combinations of Hispanic-Native-African-Asian and European non-Hispanic cultures within the borders of the United States. However, Latina/o studies is not confined within those borders to the extent that its subjects of study (and the very creators of the field itself) are in motion and in flux, coming and going, crossing borders and boundaries. In this respect it shares some of the transnational and transcultural scope, momentum, and issues of Latin American studies but with its own foci, its own perspectives. Latina/o studies does not duplicate the work of Latin American studies; it draws on it and complements it.

Latina/o studies encompasses Chicana/o studies, Puerto Rican studies, Cuban American studies, Dominican studies, Central American studies, South American studies, and so forth. It takes into account the cultural production and the socioeconomic and political experiences of a diverse population located in many parts of the country, not just in the Southwest borderlands.

The main stipulation of the minor is that students must take a combination of courses in the humanities (literatures and cultural production) and the social sciences (communities and cultural space), some of which have been designated as core courses and others as electives. Students who feel they need a basic introduction to Latina/o studies should take ENGL 164 .

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Requirements for the five-course minor in Latina/o studies are as follows:

Core Requirements
One humanities/fine arts course in Latina/o literatures and cultural production (see list below)3
One course in social sciences or Latina/o communities and cultural space (see list below)3
Three elective courses chosen from the two lists below or from AAAD 260 or DRAM 486.9
Total Hours15

Humanities/Fine Arts Course in Latina/o Literatures and Cultural Production

AAAD 284Contemporary Perspectives on the African Diaspora in the Americas3
DRAM 288Theatre for Social Change3
DRAM 488United States Latino/a Theatre3
ENGL 164Introduction to Latina/o Studies H3
ENGL 265Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity H3
ENGL 267Growing Up Latina/o3
ENGL 359Latina Feminisms3
ENGL 467Educating Latinas/os: Preparing SLI Mentors3
ENGL/WGST 665Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art3
ENGL/WGST 666Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature3
ENGL/AMST/CMPL 685Literature of the Americas3
HIST 241History of Latinos in the United States3
HIST 237Colonial American History to 17633
MUSC 147Introduction to the Music of the Américas3
RELI 245Latina/o Religions in the United States-Mexico Borderlands H3
SPAN 389Outside Cuba: Diasporic Literature and Culture3
SPAN 398Undergraduate Seminar in Literature and Culture3
WGST 211Introduction to Latina Feminisms: Literature, Theory, and Activism3
WGST 233Introduction to Latina Literature3
WGST 465Gender, (Im)migration, and Labor in Latina Literature3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Social Sciences or Latina/o Communities and Cultural Space

AAAD 278Black Caribbeans in the United States3
AAAD 290Topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies3
AAAD 340Diaspora Art and Cultural Politics3
ANTH/FOLK 130Anthropology of the Caribbean3
ENGL 467Educating Latinas/os: Preparing SLI Mentors3
GEOG 56First-Year Seminar: Local Places in a Globalizing World (first-year students only)3
GEOG 423Social Geography3
GEOG 542Neighborhoods and Health3
MEJO 443Latino Media Studies3
PLCY 349Immigration Policy in the 21st Century3
WGST 211Introduction to Latina Feminisms: Literature, Theory, and Activism3
WGST 233Introduction to Latina Literature3
WGST 465Gender, (Im)migration, and Labor in Latina Literature3

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