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This curriculum would provide students with a deeper understanding of current affairs, history, economics, identities, and culture of diverse groups in the U.S., as well as a skill for effective and culturally relevant communication and media production. Therefore, this major requires substantive study in both areas. 

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Liberal Studies Requirements 84
Major Core Courses 32
Major Requirements 44
Open Electives 32
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the cultural diversity of the Latino/a population in the United States and their history
  • Appreciate the significance (historical and contemporary) of Latino/a communities in the United States
  • Identify, interpret and differentiate interdependence, power, and privilege among dominant groups and Latino/s within tDemonstrate awareness, knowledge, and understanding of international and cultural groups other than their own, through opportunities to interact with others with differing world views
  • Compare and contrast media and communication practices as they relate to diverse populations and contexts
  • Communicate ideas and values clearly and effectively in multiple contexts, with diverse audiences and via appropriate media and formats
  • Research and analyze Latino/a literatures, media, cultures and/or texts to understand the communication dynamics and how they are shaped by history
  • Inquire and analyze cultural traditions and practices, as they are represented in the media

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter  
LSP 110
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
4
Focal Point  
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR 4
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Quantitative Reasoning  
MAT 120 QUANTITATIVE REASONING 2 4
Sophomore Year
Race, Power, and Resistance  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON RACE, POWER, AND RESISTANCE 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Required 4
Senior Year
Capstone  
LST 390 SENIOR SEMINAR 1,3 4

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  •  2 Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 Course Required

Math and Computing (MC)

  • 2 Courses Required
    [1 CR Course and 1 SRCourse]​​

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 Courses Required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 2 Courses Required
    [1 Lab Course and 1 SWK Course]​​

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 1 Course Required

Notes

See an advisor to utilize the modern language option.

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (32 credit hours)

Composed of five introductory core courses offered by the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, plus three additional introductory courses which are also required for all College of Communication majors.

Course Title Quarter Hours
Core Courses 32
STRUGGLE AND RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA
CONSTRUCTING LATINO COMMUNITIES
MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES ACROSS THE AMERICAS
LATINO COMMUNITIES IN CHICAGO
GROWING UP LATINO/LATINA IN THE U.S.
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING

Major Area Courses (44 credit hours)

In addition to the core courses, students will complete 24 credit hours in both the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science and 20 credit hours in the College of Communication.

Course Title Quarter Hours
Students must select 4 LALS courses (16 credits) and 2 Spanish Courses (8 credits) from the following list:24
AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND AFRO-LATIN AMERICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS
LATINOS/AS AND THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
LATINO/A LIBERATION TRADITIONS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
BORDER MATTERS:LITERATURE & CULTURE IN THE LATINO/A BORDERLANDS
LATINO COMMUNITIES IN CHICAGO
GROWING UP LATINO/LATINA IN THE U.S.
MOTHERHOOD IN LATINO COMMUNITIES
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND LATINO FAMILIES
SPECIAL TOPICS: LATINOS IN THE U.S.
LATINA/O SEXUALITIES
GLOBALIZATION IN THE AMERICAS
MEXICAN CINEMA
LATIN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
LATINO POLITICS
LATINO POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
CULTURAL RHETORICS
SOCIAL MOVEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND AMERICAN IDENTITIES
TOPICS IN WRITING, RHETORIC AND DISCOURSE
BASIC SPANISH I
BASIC SPANISH II
BASIC SPANISH III
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH III
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH FOR HERITAGE LEARNERS I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH FOR HERITAGE LEARNERS II
TRANSITIONAL SPANISH FOR HERITAGE LEARNERS
ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMMUNICATION
ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION
ADVANCED CONVERSATION
ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE LEARNERS I
ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE LEARNERS II
ADVANCED CONVERSATION FOR THE HERITAGE LEARNER
LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II
LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL
PUERTO RICAN LITERATURE
CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC LITERATURE
MEXICAN LITERATURE
THE HISPANIC ESSAY
CONTEMPORARY POETRY
U.S. LATINO/A WRITERS
AREA STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
MODERN LATIN AMERICAN THEATRE
LATINO GAY AND LESBIAN LITERATURE
Course Title Quarter Hours
Students must choose one of the following focus areas and select 5 elective courses (20 credits) from the following:20
Advocacy and Social Change Communcation
COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
CULTURAL AND SYMBOLIC CRITICISM
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
PERSUASION
CULTURES IN CONVERSATION
LATINX COMMUNICATION, ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
STORYTELLING: COMMUNICATION AS NARRATIVE
SOCIAL MEDIA RESEARCH METHODS
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
ARGUMENTATION, ADVOCACY, AND DELIBERATION
COMMUNICATION, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
PERFORMANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION, POWER, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
POLITICS & GOVERNMENT REPORTING
SOCIAL MEDIA & THE NEWS
SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORTING 1
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
DIVERSITY, LEADERSHIP, & TEAM BUILDING
PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING
PUBLIC RELATIONS
WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING
Group and Organizational Communication
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING
COMMUNICATION AND THE CORPORATE CULTURE
COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWING
DARK SIDE OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
DIVERSITY, LEADERSHIP, & TEAM BUILDING
VIRTUAL TEAMS
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMUNICATION
WORK/FAMILY COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MEDIA SKILLS
TOPICS IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
TOPICS IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
TOPICS IN RELATIONAL COMMUNICATION
PERSUASION
DIGITAL MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING
PUBLIC RELATIONS
WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING
ENGAGING LATINX COMMUNITIES
Journalism and Media
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM
PHOTOJOURNALISM
NEWS REPORTING
FEATURE WRITING
REPORTING FOR 14 EAST MAGAZINE
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
SOCIAL MEDIA & THE NEWS
SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORTING II
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
JOURNALISM LAW AND ETHICS
MULTIMEDIA NEWS PRODUCTION
WRITING FOR THE DEPAULIA
INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY STUDIES
TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING: BUILDING A NARRATIVE WORLD
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN CINEMA AND TELEVISION
TOPICS IN GLOBAL CINEMA
TOPICS IN MEDIA STUDIES
FANDOM & PARTICIPATORY CULTURE
COMMUNICATION, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
LATINO/A TELEVISION AND MEDIA
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
TOPICS IN MEDIA PRODUCTION
Public Relations and Adversiting
RESEARCH, DATA AND INSIGHTS
DESIGN APPLICATIONS FOR PRAD PROFESSIONALS
EVENT PLANNING
ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS ETHICS
DIVERSITY & CURRENT ISSUES IN ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION PLANNING
COPYWRITING
DIGITAL ADVERTISING
ADVANCED WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
ENGAGING LATINX COMMUNITIES
CRISIS COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT
NON-PROFIT PUBLIC RELATIONS
BRANDED CONTENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING
COMMUNICATION AND THE CORPORATE CULTURE
COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
DARK SIDE OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
VIRTUAL TEAMS
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMUNICATION
TOPICS IN GROUP AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
PERSUASION

Open Electives - 32 credit hours