Latina/os  are the largest growing minority group in the United States. Oftentimes, however, this growing number does not reflect the diverse cultural and social practices of the population and their impact across the globe. Given the lack of attention to Latina/os in mainstream curricula, this department highlights the creative, intellectual, political, and cultural ways of being across social spaces and disciplines. Our faculty, staff and students mirror our commitment to a diverse Latinidad.


LLS students

We offer small, intimate classes where students can critically explore various facets of Latina/o social, political, and cultural life. LLS faculty—trained in diverse disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history, media studies, literature, performance studies, public health, and ethnic studies—are excellent teachers and scholars, deeply committed to working with students. Our goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to be active and conscientious participants in a global world.

Undergraduate students have the options to pursue a major or minor in Latina/Latino Studies. Graduate students can pursue the graduate minor in Latina/Latino Studies to enhance their major field of study.

Our graduates are innovators and leaders in a wide range of fields, such as applied health, law, journalism, social work, English, education, activism, arts education, government, and business. We offer opportunities throughout the year for current students to connect and learn from former students. These experiences are helpful to students planning their career paths.

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Why Study Latina/Latino Studies?


Professor Mirelsie Velázquez shares the value of the major, favorite spots in Champaign-Urbana, and why the Latina/Latino studies department is the best kept secret on campus in an interview with the College of LAS.