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    Jun 13, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Latina/o/x Studies (Minor)

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Offered by the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies , College of Arts and Sciences , Latina/o/x Studies (Minor) is an interdisciplinary program that considers Latin American origin communities in the United States. As a branch of U.S. race and ethnic studies, Latina/o/x Studies courses explore questions of race, ethnicity, and racialization as the primary areas of focus. Operating from a comparative framework that examines Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican/Chicana/o/x, Central American, and other Latin American populations, the minor explores common interests and differences affecting U.S. Latina/o/x populations. Latina/o/x Studies at American University capitalizes on the University’s strategic location in the DC Metropolitan area, a contact zone of communities with roots in all parts of the Americas. This minor brings together the study of culture, literature and film, race and ethnicity, language, history, indigeneity, art, electoral politics, public health, gender and sexuality, policy, and environment as they relate to Latina/o/x peoples in the U.S.

Minor Requirements

  • 18 credit hours with grades of C or better, a minimum of 9 credit hours at or above 300-level, and at least 12 credit hours unique to the minor

Course Requirements

Electives (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following, with at least 6 credit hours at or above 300-level, and minimum one course from an additional department or program, or other courses approved by program director:

Note: Students may count no more than 3 credit hours from SPAN-321 Heritage Spanish I (3) SPAN-322 Heritage Spanish II (3) , or SPAN-331 Heritage Spanish III: Writing Across Our Cultures (3) , and no more than 3 credit hours from an approved internship.

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