Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Requirements

Minor in Latino/a, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LLACS)

The diversity of peoples in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Latin@s in the U.S. requires an interdisciplinary curriculum that ranges from the humanities to the social sciences. Since Northeastern is committed to forming global citizens, the importance of the African diaspora and the indigenous people of the Americas is significant in understanding  the complexities of the region: its social problems, political formations, cultural uniqueness and increasingly globalized economies. Students will engage in classroom experience, co-operative education, and other forms of experiential education (dialogues, study abroad). Students are encouraged to speak a foreign language (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Quechua, Maya). There are dialogues or study abroad programs in Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Spain.

Program Description

The LLACS (Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies) program offers an interdisciplinary minor that explores the historical, cultural, political and economic foundations of and the linkages between US Latino society, Latin America and the Caribbean. It draws from the heritages of the Americas that are grounded in predominantly Indigenous, African and European cultures. The program also addresses many contemporary issues in US Latino society, Latin America, and the Caribbean (e.g., U.S. foreign and economic policy in Latin America, the North American Free Trade Agreement, indigenous movements for territorial and political autonomy, immigration, legislation regarding migrant workers, and bilingual education).

Open to all students, the program is taught by faculty from ten different departments at Northeastern University (NU). Relevant workplace experience enhances the program’s academic requirements as well. The LLACS minor trains students in Latino, Latin American and Caribbean issues. This training is vital for careers in fields such as public policy, politics, criminal justice, social and human services, education, language arts, media, journalism, communications, health services, international development, NGOs, finance, law, and diplomacy. Students with a minor in LLACS have an extra edge in the job market over students with a more generalized education.

Program Requirements

A student who minors in LLACS is required to complete 4 courses during his or her undergraduate studies at NU. These courses include: Introduction to Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (LACS 1220); and three area electives in the Social Sciences or Literature and Humanities.

The LLACS minor is also required to complete an internship with an agency that works directly with Latino or Caribbean communities in the US, Latin America, or the Caribbean. In some cases, NU’s cooperative work experience program can substitute for this requirement (i.e.—The Latin America Cooperative Education Program). Studying abroad for a term also serves as an acceptable substitute for the internship requirement. The University offers a study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico; Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and San José and Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Finally, all participants in the LLACS program are encouraged to gain proficiency in Spanish and /or Portuguese.

THE LLACS MINOR

Core Course (1):

Introduction to Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies—LACS 1220

Area Electives (3):

Choose four from the following areas (at least one from each area).

Literature and Humanities

U.S. Latino/Latina Literature—ENGL 3673
Multiethnic Literature of the US—ENGL 3671
Latin American Literature—LITR 4655
Backgrounds to Latin American Culture—LITR 1505
Caribbean Literature and Culture—LITR 1260
Latin American Film—CLTR 1240
Music of Latin America & the Caribbean—MUSC 1131
Introduction to Afro-Cuban Culture—CLTR  1509
Cuban Culture and History Through Film—CLTR 1508
Foundations of Black Culture—AFAM1109
Arts of the African Diaspora—AFRS4500

Social Sciences

The Black Experience in the Caribbean—AFAM 2345
Race and Social Identity—AFAM 2367
Economic Status of Ethnic Minorities—AFAM 1270
The Modern Caribbean—HIST 1261
Modern Latin America—HIST 1260
Government & Politics in Latin America—POLS 3475
Latino Politics in the US—POLS 2380
Latin Amer. Society and Develop.—ANTH 4500
Sport, Culture, and Society—ANTH 2365
Sociology of Latino Society—SOCL 3460
Race and Ethnic Relations—SOCL 1270
The Immigrant Experience—SOCL  3407
Contemporary African and Caribbean Migration—AFRS 3467
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, Technology—AFAM4600
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights—AFAM4639

For additional information contact the LLACS program office at  617-373-3956 , visit in person (located at the Latino Student Cultural Center, 104 Forsyth Street, 2nd Floor) or contact LLACS Director Professor Alan West-Durán at: d.west-duran@neu.edu.