The Minor in Latino Studies will prepare students to examine the history and culture of Latinos in the United States and also connect current trends of this US population with perspectives from other schools, departments, and programs. Students will explore the challenges facing the Latino community and the ways in which the community uses its numbers and cultural capital to address these challenges. This minor will provide the opportunity to directly study the Latino culture and the demographic and cultural change occurring in the United States. The Latino Studies minor will take advantage of the influx of Latinos in central Indiana and the prominence of IUPUI as an urban university dedicated to pluralism and internationalization.


  1. Understand the theoretical approaches to Latino Studies
  2. Develop the ability to relate Latino Studies to other disciplines
  3. Increase students’ confidence in their ability to function within Latino communities and abroad
  4. Develop knowledge of and respect for other cultures
  5. Be more competitive in a globalized job market that demands a broad skill set

A minor in Latino Studies will allow students to examine significant issues in this field under the supervision of a group of experts and reinforce this learning with materials from the IUPUI and IU libraries. The latter being one of the most impressive libraries in the country. In addition, students will broaden their perspectives through participation in civic engagement activities, study abroad programs in Latin America, and exposure to the cultural and artistic products of Latinos. As importantly, connections with the Center on Philanthropy, the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs will prepare students for work in the non-profit sector.


Housed within the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI the minor in Latino Studies can easily be completed in conjunction with a number of different minors from a number of different schools. Students must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program in order to qualify for a minor. The minor in Latino Studies consists of 15 credits: three required courses and two elective courses to be chosen among various departments and schools.

Total requirements:

(1)  15 credit hours

(2)  The minimum grade that will be accepted in any single course is C (2.0). The    
 minor also requires an overall GPA of at least a 2.0

(3)  Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese (determined by receiving credit through the 204+ level coursework or by taking a placement test)



The combination of concentrated and diversified courses in the Latino Studies minor will help prepare students for the demands of a more progressively globalized and competitive market. A Latino Studies minor will better equip students for a career in one or more of the following: administration, government, public policy, politics, journalism, law, education, diplomacy, business, local and government service agencies, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, community organizations, national and international corporations, as well as language- and culture-related organizations.

Students should confer with their Latino Studies advisor in planning for their selection of elective courses. 


Required courses

(9 credit hours/3 courses, 3 credit hours each)

  • LATS L101 - Introduction to Latino Studies
  • LATS L228 - An Interdisciplinary Look at U.S. Latino/a Identities
  • LATS L350 - Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies: Latinos in the US: Origins and Prospects

Elective courses (6 credit hours)

Students will have a great deal of freedom in choosing which courses to take in order to fulfill the requirements for the minor. Many of the courses that count towards the minor in Latino Studies have rotating topics that change every semester. Students may choose two elective courses from a growing list of approved interdisciplinary courses, including: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Design, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, Geography, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, History, International Studies, Journalism, Philanthropic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Tourism, Convention and Events Management.

See List of Electives

Download Latino studies Minor application form (MS WORD)