Undergraduate Major

graduates
LLS graduates 2018

Requirements

Students must complete 34 hours of required and elective courses: 28 hours of core courses and 6 hours of electives, with at least 12 hours being at the 300-400 level. Also, students must complete an additional 18 hours of supporting coursework.

Latina/Latino Studies Major checklist

Core Courses (28 hours)

  1. LLS 100: Intro Latina/Latino Studies (3 hours)
  2. LLS 385: Theory and Methods in LLS (3 hours) (offered only in Fall)
  3. LLS 490: Research and Writing Seminar (4 hours, offered in Spring) or LLS 495: Senior Honors Thesis (4 hours)
  4. Students must take two courses in each of the three following areas (18 hours total):

     Literature, Media, and Culture

  • LLS 240: Latina/o Popular Culture
  • LLS 242: Intro to Latina/o Literature
  • LLS 250: Latina/os on the Bronze Screen
  • LLS 259: Latina/o Cultures
  • LLS 301: 19thC US Latina/o Lit-ACP
  • LLS 360: Contemporary US Latina/o Lit
  • LLS 375: Latina/o Media in the US
    symposium
    Victoria Giesso presents her senior paper, "Chicago and the Pink River of Mortality," 2018
  • LLS 410: Writing Latina/o Chicago
  • LLS 435: Commodifying Difference
  • LLS 458: Latina/o Performance
  • LLS 472: Border Latina, Latino Cultures

    Race, Gender, and Sexuality

  • LLS 215: US Citizenship Comparatively
  • LLS 230: Latina/o Genders & Sexualities
  • LLS 265: Politics of Hip Hop
  • LLS 320: Gender & Latina/o Migration
    LLS graduation
    LLS majors and minors at LLS graduation luncheon, 2017
  • LLS 355: Race and Mixed Race
  • LLS 387: Race, Gender and the Body
  • LLS 392: Chicanas&Latinas: Self&Society
  • LLS 442: Latina Literature
  • LLS 465: Race, Sex, and Deviance
  • LLS 479: Race, Medicine, and Society

    History, Politics, and Society

  • LLS 220: Latina/o Migration
  • LLS 238: Latina/o Social Movements
    symposium
    Vanessa Garcia presents her senior paper, "Semillas De Cuál Tierra?: Analyzing the Reproductions of Violence Against Indigenous Peoples," 2018
  • LLS 278: Mapping Latina/o Inequalities
  • LLS 279: Mexican-American History
  • LLS 280: Caribbean Latina/o Migration
  • LLS 343: Criminalization and Punishment
  • LLS 368: Latinas/os & Public Policy
  • LLS 370: Latina/o Ethnography
  • LLS 379: Latina/os and the City
  • LLS 382: Race and Migration in Chicago
  • LLS 468: Latinas/os & the Law
  • LLS 473: Immigration, Health & Society

LLS Electives (6 hours)

Six hours of electives must be selected from the above categories and an approved course list maintained by the Latina/Latino Studies office and the LLS advisor.

Supporting Coursework (18 hours)

Eighteen hours of supporting coursework must be chosen in consultation with an advisor; may be a campus-approved minor.

Total Credit Hours (52 hours)

  • 28 hours Core Courses
  • 6 hours LLS Electives
  • 18 hours Supporting Coursework
  • 52 HOURS TOTAL

Note: Twelve hours of advanced (300- and 400-level) courses must be taken on this campus.

Departmental Distinction

To be eligible for departmental distinction, a student must achieve at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major, and complete a senior honors thesis. Students graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in the major will be awarded Distinction; those with at least a 3.7 GPA in the major will be given High Distinction.