Latinx Studies Minor

Office: E304 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3274

Jennifer Hildebrand, Coordinator

Email: jennifer.hildebrand@fredonia.edu

Website: http://home.fredonia.edu/interdisciplinary

Latinx Studies, an interdisciplinary minor, takes you de la clase a la calle - “from the classroom discussion to the realities in the streets of our diverse communities.” The program provides an overview of the historical, political, social, educational, economic and cultural developments that affect Latinxs in the Americas. “Latinx” has been defined broadly to include people of Latin American background who reside in the U.S., where they are the fastest growing ethnic population. At a time when “globalization” and “immigration” have become part of everyday political and social discourse, students gain an understanding of the complex dynamics of transnational communities and transculturation.

One of the strengths of Fredonia’s approach to the minor is our emphasis on the idea of “de la clase a la calle” — “from the classroom to the streets.” This program emphasizes taking the theoretical issues and discussions of the classroom and putting them into practical initiatives and strategies in our communities. This phrase also keeps us rooted in the origins of all Ethnic Studies programs, which emerged directly from the Civil Rights Movement and other social movements of the Sixties and Seventies. Diverse groups of students demanded a curriculum that addressed the different historical and cultural experiences of many groups in the United States. University administrators across the country, tired of the public demonstrations and sit-downs held in the middle of their campuses, allowed students and faculty to incorporate the discussions that had been taking place on the street into the curriculum.

Latinx Studies is for everyone! No matter your major or your future plans, the program will provide intellectual skills and cultural knowledge that will benefit you. A minor in Latinx Studies opens doors for careers in government, legislation, international organizations, international business and marketing, immigration laws, land management, urban planning, counseling and social work, the media, and many other fields.

Minor Requirements

Students declaring a Latinx Studies minor may use past courses retroactively with approval of the coordinator.

Some courses require prerequisites.  Click on any hyperlinked course for additional information. 

Core courses:

ETHN 202Foundations of Social Justice

3

ETHN 225Introduction to Latinx History and Culture

3

Total Credit Hours:6

One Spanish language course from the following

SPAN 313Spanish Conversation

3

or

SPAN 314Spanish Composition

3

or

Demonstrated proficiency at this level

Total Credit Hours:3

One History course from the following:

ETHN 282Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America

3

ETHN 283Latin America: Revolution & Reform

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Electives:

ARTH 280Survey of Pre-Columbian Art: Mesoamerica

3

DANC 231African-Caribbean Dance

2

ETHN 241Introduction to Latino/a Literature

3

ETHN 304Latina Literature and Cultural Studies

3

ENGL 344Contemporary Multiethnic American Literature

3

ETHN 359Ethnicity and Race

3

INTL 303Globalization in Latin America

3

LANG 327Magic Realism in Latin American Literature

3

MUS 334Music of Latin America

3

POLI 343International Migration and Immigration Politics

3

POLI 351The Inter-American System

3

POLI 371Civil Rights and Liberties

3

SOC 275Social Inequalities

3

SPAN 325Survey of Spanish-American Literature

3

SPAN 340Cultural Issues in the Hispanic World

3

SPAN 425Spanish-American Fiction

3

WGST 203Chicana Writers/Visual Artists

3

Total Credit Hours:6

NOTE:

  • 6 credit hours earned in two courses, each in a different discipline; must not include a course that has been used for core course credit; other courses not listed may be included with approval of coordinator.

Capstone:

ETHN 491Social Change Capstone

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 21

Students are encouraged to explore relevant Study Abroad courses to meet the elective requirements.

Study Abroad programs such as INED 399 J-Term in Puerto Rico, INED 399 Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and INED 399 Study Abroad in Puebla, Mexico are strongly recommended.

The Latinx Studies minor falls under the umbrella of the Ethnic Studies program, which also offers minors in African American Studies, Native American Studies, and Multi-Ethnic Studies.