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Latin American and Latino Studies

Latin American and Latino StudiesThe Latin American and Latino Studies Program explores the ways that Latin American tradition and culture have shaped the economic, educational and political institutions in the Southwest United States. The city of Houston and the state of Texas have a particularly rich and unique tradition connected to the Latino population. Through historical analysis and lively discussion, students develop a critical understanding of the meaningful social connections and exchanges between cultures.

Through available scholarships and a thriving learning environment, a Latin American and Latino Studies minor is a multidisciplinary opportunity including international studies, political science, Spanish and history classes totaling 18 credit hours (nine from program foundation courses and nine from electives).

Latin American and Latino Studies students will:

  • Learn the histories, cultures and societies of Latin America and Latino students
  • Develop awareness and appreciation of their social realities, migration patterns, politics, economics, arts and literature
  • Explore the importance of Latino identity and consciousness

Language Requirement:

Students must complete UST core requirement in Spanish at placement level or possess alternative proficiency, as determined by the Modern and Classical Language Department. For students seeking internships, a high intermediate proficiency (ACTFL-Criteria) in Spanish, as determined by MACL, is highly recommended.

Career opportunities for those interested in Latin American and Latino Studies include paths in government, business, private industry, law, nonprofit organizations, international teaching, the Peace Corps and military service. The combination of another discipline with LALS makes students attractive to many employers who seek candidates with language skills and cultural understanding.

Latin American and Latino Studies

LALS Brochure
Course Catalog

Please contact the Latin American and Latino Studies Program for scholarship information.

Dr. Elizabeth Coscio
Program Director

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