Welcome to Latina/o/x Studies at The University of Iowa.
The Latina/o/x Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the history, culture, politics, and experiences of Latinas/os/x in the United States. Latinas/os/x are now the largest minority group in the U.S., and by the year 2050 it is expected that approximately one third of the U.S. population will be Latina/o/x. Latina/o/x Studies courses introduce peoples that have a long-term presence in the U.S. and in the Midwest, and who are increasingly neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. The Latina/o/x Studies minor helps to prepare undergraduates for careers in medicine, public health, social work, business, education, and the arts, and to respond to the changing demographics of the U.S.
We are proud to offer courses and a dedicated LATS minor that focus on the histories and experiences of Latina/o/x in the United States. Our courses are taught by professors whose love and appreciation for Latina/o/x culture and history comes through in their innovative and informed pedagogies. Our professors are highly rated scholars and teachers and are committed to furthering understanding of the richness of Latina/o/x cultures. Indeed, the very existence of this minor at the University of Iowa attests to the commitment our staff, professors, and students have to a minor in which all of the classes provide a deep investigation of Latina/o/x histories across the United States as well as in our state of Iowa.
Latina/o/x Studies is part of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at Iowa, which is appropriate as our faculty and the classes they offer examine U.S. Latina/o/x cultures from a variety of methodological perspectives and disciplinary lenses, including: political science, literature, gender and sexuality studies, legal studies, religious studies, and film studies.