The intent of the Graduate Minor in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies is to examine U.S. Latina/o experiences in a transnational and comparative context with the goal of fostering a relational and interdisciplinary understanding of racialized ethnocultural groups in the U.S., as well as of the social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and educational processes by which ethnocultural groups are racialized.
Building outward from a core concern with the experiences of U.S. Latina/os, especially in the Midwestern region of the U.S., the Minor centralizes those experiences within the context of racialized ethnocultural groups in the U.S., with a particular emphasis on African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, and American Indians. It also allows for comparative and transnational study that looks beyond the borders of the U.S., so essential in our increasingly interconnected world.
Our courses integrate an array of materials, themes, and methods from many fields: history, literature, psychology, sociology, politics, visual studies, folklore, musicology, film and media, theater and drama, geography, anthropology, health, education, social work, art, and others. The minor emphasizes the diverse demography of U.S. society, paying attention not only to issues of race and ethnicity, but also to those of indigeneity, class, nation, gender, diaspora, sexuality, and other forms of difference and dominance, belonging and identification.
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