Unique among undergraduate programs offered nationally, the major in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies (LACUSL) integrates the study of the region with that of Latinxs* within the United States. The curriculum is designed to ensure that students:
- acquire foundational knowledge of Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean history and cultures;
- develop analytical and critical thinking skills;
- learn the comparative approach to studies of cultures; and
- gain insight into Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures from a variety of perspectives.
The major will serve both students interested in developing a deeper understanding of Latin American diverse heritages and students who will be providing services for the expanding Latinx population, especially in health services, public instruction, agriculture, trade and consumer protection, and commerce.
* “Latinx” (La-teen-ex) is an inclusive term used to include all gendered and non-gendered identities of peoples with Latin American ancestry. “Latinx” specifically refuses to further silence and erase trans (non-binary and binary), gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderqueer people.