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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

U.S. Latina/o Studies

Department of American Studies
4114 Susquehanna,  301-405-1354

The minor, which requires a total of 15 credits, is intended for students who wish to develop a specialization in U.S. Latina/o Studies alongside their degree pursuits. It is advantageous for students engaged in work with U.S. Latina/o communities in a variety of professions and academic fields including American studies, history, literature, education, non-profits, urban studies and planning, health care, social services, business, government, and public policy, among others.

Requirements (15 credits)

A. Two Lower-Level Foundation Courses (6 credits) - All students are required to take the two foundational courses:

            USLT201 - U.S. Latina/o Studies I:  An Historical Overview to 1960s   

            USLT202 - US. Latina/o Studies II:  A Contemporary Overview, 1960s-Present.

B. One Upper-Level Course (3 credits)

All students are required to take the upper-level course:

            USLT488 - Senior Seminar in U.S. Latina/o Studies

C. Two Upper Level Elective Courses (6 credits)

In addition to the three required courses, students will select two upper-level (300-400) elective courses in consultation with the USLT advisor.  The elective courses will come from two of the following categories:   Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, and Education.

For these electives, students can choose USLT498 - Special Topics in U.S. Latina/o Studies and from a list of pre-approved courses offered through other departments or programs.  Elective courses will explore the historical, cultural, political, economic, and sociological dimensions of U.S. Latina/o experiences.  Additional courses that include comparative U.S. Latino content, such as in AMST, USLT, ANTH, ENGL, HIST, SPAN, WMST, EDCI, LASC, SOCY, GEOG, or GVPT would be eligible for inclusion in the minor with the approval of the USLT advisor or chair of American Studies.

No course grade below the grade of "C-" may count toward the minor. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.

To make an appointment either to explore or to declare a minor and get advised, send an email to ecgriff@umd.edu or myuen@umd.edu or perlalaguerrerra@gmail.com .

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