The minor in Latino/a Studies explores the social, cultural, and historical realities facing Latinos/as residing in the United States as well as how such realities interface with those of Central and Latin America and the Hispanophone Caribbean. The minor attends to all variety of cultural phenomena as well as social and historical event in the Americas that shapes a pan-Latino identity and experience.
Faculty Advisor for the Minor:
Director, Latina/o Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
2072 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
**See the faculty advisor for questions to sign up for the minor (use this form). Professor Valdez can also advise you about courses and curriculum in the Minor, how the Minor can supplement your Major, further interests in Latina/o Studies, summer and post-graduate goals and programs, and other issues related to Latina/o Studies content area.
Academic Counseling Advisor:
Academic Advising Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
355 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210
**See the Academic Counseling Advisor above or your own college advisor once you have seen the faculty advisor and completed the form and for questions about Minor and graduation requirements, GEs, petitions or waivers.
Latinas/os are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and often trans-national population that have been a part of the U.S. since the 19th century. The Latina/o Studies minor is an excellent complement to any Major area of study, allowing students to deepen knowledge of Latina/o experiences (social, economic, legal, etc.), histories, literatures, cultures, and arts; enhance critical learning skills; learn comparative and interdisciplinary methods of analysis; and develop close working relationships with faculty and other students. Courses in the Latina/o Studies Minor explore a variety of important topics relevant to this growing sector of the U.S. population and its hemispheric and global dimensions.
As an inter-discipline, we encourage students to study in multiple fields for the most comprehensive understanding of:
- Latinas/os in the U.S.
- the field of Latina/o Studies
- the varied methods and approaches employed in studying Latinas/os in the U.S.
- Latina/o transnational and global impacts and networks.
The Minor in Latina/o Studies, therefore, also provides students with a rounded mini-education in multiple disciplines and cutting-edge research.
Twelve (12) credits
Required Core Course:
Comparative Studies 2322 / Spanish 2242: Introduction to Latina/o Studies (offered every semester)
Required Elective Courses:
Students choose three additional courses in at least two separate subject areas as listed below. Please see “Current Courses” page of our website to see what is offered in the current academic year. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have variable topics and instructors so when a Latina/o Studies Affiliated Faculty member is teaching it, it will generally count for the Minor, however, syllabi for these courses need approval from the Minor Faculty Coordinator to count toward the requirements of the Minor. In general, courses marked with an asterisk must have at least one-third Latina/o Studies content to count toward the Minor.
At least two courses or 6 hours of coursework in the Minor must be in Upper Division Courses numbered 3000 – 5999.
Students may count only one course in Spanish language instruction toward the Minor. That course may be upper or lower division, but only one course in language instruction will count toward Minor.
Additional Course Options:
Students or Faculty may petition to include a course not listed here in the Minor course of study provided they supply a syllabus to Faculty Coordinator for approval.
Subject Area: CULTURE, LITERATURE, AND ARTS
Courses in this area will explore various forms of creative expressions that have emerged from the U.S. Latina/o community in literature, film, art, dance, theater, music, performance, and popular culture. Courses may also explore Latina/o cultural phenomena as they interface with those arising out of communities in the Americas generally. Students will learn the methods of literary, cultural, and artistic analysis, and consider creative expression as well as a vehicle for social transformation.
Lower Division Courses
*Comparative Studies 2101: Literature and Society
*Comparative Studies 2105: Literature and Ethnicity
Comparative Studies 2367.02: Second Year Writing Course on Latina/o Identity
*Comparative Studies 2798.01 Study Tour Domestic
Spanish 2202: Intermediate Spanish for Second Language Learners
Spanish 2504 / Communications Studies 2504: Language, Culture, and Communication in Latina/o Health
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2367.02 U.S. Latina Writers: Texts and Context
Upper Division Courses
*Anthropology 3416: Latin American Peoples and Cultures
*Anthropology 5193.06 Individual Studies: Ethnography
Comparative Studies 3689: Transnationalism and Culture in the Americas
Comparative Studies 4804 / English 4588: Latina/o Literature and Culture (may be repeated once)
Comparative Studies 4805: Literature in the Americas
*Comparative Studies 4875: Gender, Sexuality, Religion
*English 3364: Special Topics in Popular Culture
*English 4581: Special Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literatures
English 4588 / Comparative Studies 4804: Latina/o Literature and Culture (may be repeated once)
Spanish 3403: Advanced Spanish for Second Language Learners
Spanish 3413: Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Spanish 4557: Survey of Latina/o Literature in the U.S. (taught in Spanish)
*Spanish 5640: Globalization and Latin America: Multidisciplinary Approaches (taught in English)
*Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 4375: Women and Visual Culture
*Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 4540: Women of Color: Art, Literature, and Culture
Subject Area: HISTORY AND SOCIAL ISSUES
Courses in this area will explore the historical and current experiences of communities who have been understudied in traditional academic disciplines. Students will learn the methodologies of history and social sciences, study the relationship between history and power, and consider contemporary social issues that may include, though are not limited to, immigration, educational policy, language, labor, voting trends, etc.
Lower Division Courses
History 2075: Survey of U.S. Latina/o History
*History 2750: Natives & Newcomers: Immigration and U.S. Migration
Spanish 2389: Spanish in the U.S.: Language as Social Action
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2340: Latina Experience in the U.S.
Upper Division Courses
City and Regional Planning / Spanish 4461: Latino Urbanism and the Reinvention of the American City
Comparative Studies 4921: Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality (cross-listed with African American and African Studies 4921 and WGSS 4921)
*Education: Teaching and Learning 5225: Reading Multicultural Literature Across Middle Childhood Curriculum
Education: Teaching and Learning 5300: Issues in Language, Literacy, and Culture/Equity and Diversity
History 3075: Mexican American and Chicana/o History
International Studies 4451: Immigration Politics Through Film
Political Science 4940: The Politics of Immigration
Spanish 5389: U.S. Latino Languages and Communities (taught in English and Spanish)
*Women's, Gender, and Sexuailty Studies 4405: Race and Sexuality
*Women's, Gender, and Sexuailty Studies 4510: Women’s Movements in the Americas
*Women's, Gender, and Sexuailty Studies 4520: Women of Color and Social Activism
Women's, Gender, and Sexuailty Studies 4560: Chicana Feminism
Arts and Sciences Minor Guidelines
The following guidelines govern minors.
- Required for graduation No
- Credit hours required A minimum of 12, excluding 1000-level courses; at least 6 credit hours must be upper-level courses as defined by the College of Arts and Sciences
- Transfer and EM credit hours allowed A maximum of 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination
- Overlap with the GE A maximum of 6 credit hours may overlap between the GE and the minor.
- Overlap with the major
- The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
- The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s).
- Grades required
- Minimum C-for a course to be listed on the minor.
- Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
- Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
- No more than 3 credit hours of coursework graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.
- X193 credits No more than 3 credit hours
- Approval required The minor course work must be approved by the ASC Academic Advisor.
Filing the minor program form
The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.
Changing the minor
Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by the ASC Academic Advisor.
Arts and Sciences Curriculum Office on the Arts and Sciences website.