Undergraduate Programs

Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic research and scholarship engaged in understanding the past, present, and future of the youngest and fastest-growing population in the United States. Latinos encompass immigrants from every country in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as those whose ancestors were long ago incorporated during U.S. westward expansion. The supplemental major and minor in Latino Studies engage students with the latest research and analysis on the diverse Latino population in fields such as American studies, anthropology, history, literature, political science, sociology, and theology. Each semester, the Institute for Latino Studies offers approximately fourteen undergraduate courses that range from classroom lectures and seminars to community-based, service-learning courses in the local Latino community of South Bend. ILS also offers annual summer service-learning courses in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Latino Studies is relevant to practically every academic discipline and to careers in architecture, business, church leadership, community organizing, the arts, engineering, law, medicine, teaching, and much more.

Latino Studies. . .IS NOT

a. only for Latinos
b. only about Mexicans
c. identical to Latin American Studies
d. only for Arts and Letters majors

Latino Studies. . .IS

a. for everyone regardless of their identity
b. about Americans of Latin American and Caribbean heritage
c. interested in the ongoing transnational ties with countries throughout the Americas
d. for Business, Science, Engineering and Architecture majors, too


For more information about our undergraduate programs, please contact:
Dr. Karen Richman

Director of Undergraduate Studies
250D McKenna Hall

(574) 631-8146