College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Latin American and Latino Studies
Welcome to the Department of Latin American & Latino Studies (LALS)! This interdisciplinary department explores the broad dynamics shaping Latin American & Latino experiences and draws courses and insights from multiple fields. The Department of Latin American & Latino Studies also serves to deepen Latino students’ awareness of their cultural heritage.
Examine the multicultural relationship between peoples and cultures of Latin America, including indigenous, European, Semitic, Arab, Asian and African societies, and explore the profound linkage that has emerged between Latin America and the United States, particularly through the construction of Latino communities in the U.S. Explore the cultural contributions of Latin America to the global community through concentrations in:
Through our robust, interdisciplinary Latino/a Culture and Communication degree program—the first of its kind in the Midwest—you’ll apply what you learn to a wide range of careers, including journalism, public relations, advertising, education and social services.
Writer Erika L. Sánchez, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Writer-in-Residence, talks about her Fall 2020 course on Latinx Poets.