Why Latino Studies?


Latino Studies will enhance your leadership and effectiveness in whatever pathway your life takes you beyond Notre Dame. Influential leaders understand how important it is to understand Latinos and their transformative presence in the United States:

“The Latino population boom will place dramatic demands on services, particularly those associated with housing. This large projected population growth will pressure industries to modify the methods by which they develop cities and suburbs. The ability of the housing industry to create innovative models to support a sustainable state will principally be determined by how they choose to configure people into communities and housing units.”
—Michael Mendez, Opolis

“There is no doubt that the considerable presence and growth in the U.S. Hispanic population is and will be changing the face of America for some time to come. The successful marketers will be those who take care in their Hispanic marketing strategies and know how to communicate culturally.”
Evolución Marketing

“Engineering must become ‘culturally competent.’ Cultural competence is ‘the willingness and ability of a system to value the importance of culture in the delivery of services to all segments of the population… In particular, it is the promotion of quality services to underserved, racial/ethnic groups through the valuing of differences and integration of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and practices.’”
—D. Chubin, G. May, and E. Babco, Journal of Engineering Education

“Students who are successful in law school, and who become accomplished professionals, come from many walks of life and educational backgrounds. Legal education welcomes and values diversity and you will benefit from the exchange of ideas and different points of view. . .”
The American Bar Association

“Nearly half of the new MCAT will focus on squishier topics in two new sections: one covering social and behavioral sciences and another on critical analysis and reading that will require students to analyze passages covering areas like ethics and cross-cultural studies.”
—Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times