2016-2017 Catalog

Latin American and Latino/a Studies

Latin American and Latino/a Studies is designed to fit into the Liberal Arts focus of Holy Names University. It provides a multidisciplinary curriculum in the language, history, culture, spirituality, literature, and arts of Latin America and of Latinos/as in the United States. The major is ideal for students who desire a broader perspective on these topics and who will pursue graduate studies in fields such as Latin American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Ethnic Studies, History, Human Services, International Relations, Political Science, and Education. With a degree in Latin American and Latino/a Studies, students increase their career opportunities in business, government, education, human services, foreign service, and many other areas. To enhance career opportunities and experience Latino culture and history, students may also study abroad.

In preparation for the major in Latin American and Latino/a Studies, students must take four semesters of Spanish language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Students must take eight core classes in which history, culture, literature, and art in Latin America and Latino experiences in the United States are critically studied. The remainder of the LALS requirements are chosen among elective courses that include Latin American and Caribbean Literature in translation, Immersion Study Trips in Mexico and El Salvador, Creative Writing, and Painting Murals. It is also possible to create a self-designed major which includes fifteen units of Latin American and Latino/a Studies as a component.

Outstanding students of Spanish may be eligible for initiation into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, and for various scholarship awards. The student club, Latinos Unidos, attracts many students of Spanish with its lively on-campus activities and outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community.

FLORICANTO, the celebration of Latino Poetry, Art and Music is organized each spring for students to experience and enjoy the cultures of Latin America through a diversity of Latino distinguished guests and students’ participation. This annual celebration contributes to the University’s public presence and its relationship with the community.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies Courses