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BA Latina and Latino Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

50424 USD
50424 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
SAT (avg)1430
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

In the Latina and Latino Studies Program (LLSP) at Northwestern University, students may take a variety of courses pertaining to the histories, political experiences, cultural, artistic and material expressions, and intellectual traditions of Latinas and Latinos living in the United States.

Our courses benefit from the wealth of Latina/o communities that reside and flourish in Chicago yet we also look at the experiences of Latina/o communities throughout the United States. Courses may discuss the realities of Puerto Rican and Mexican communities in Chicago, second generation Dominicans in New York, or generations of Mexican Americans in Houston. Our curriculum engages in the productive tension between the common interests and differences affecting US Latinas/os. Students may expect to explore such commonalities/ differences in areas such as social movements, transnationalism, electoral politics, race and comparative processes of racialization, immigration, queer theory, gender and sexuality, language and identity, and cultural and artistic expressions.

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Eligibility Criteria

Use Northwestern school code 1565 (SAT) or 1106 (ACT) to have your SAT Reasoning Test or ACT sent directly to us. Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended.

International applicants whose primary language is not English or whose secondary school curriculum has not been in English must submit exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Use Northwestern school code 1565 to direct your TOEFL scores to us; if you are taking the IELTS, request that the scores be sent electronically to us. 

Northwestern does not accept scores from other English proficiency exams, including the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (ITP).

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Course Modules

Major in Latina and Latino Studies
16 quarter-courses selected in consultation with the program director from the approved list of Latina/o studies related courses. In addition to the course work, students will complete an ‘immersion’ experience related to Latina/os.

  • 1 introductory course: LATINO 201, LATINO 202, or LATINO 203.
  • 1 senior year seminar: LATINO 395. A student may substitute LATINO 399 Independent Study and an approved Senior Thesis for this course.
  • 6 core courses: Of the six core courses whose content is primarily about U.S. Latinas/os, the student and program adviser will identify at least one course from each of the three broad disciplinary categories: Social Sciences, History, and Humanities. At least 4 core courses must be taken at the 300 level.
  • 4 comparative courses in U.S. race and ethnicity: Any course offered by the Department of African American Studies, the Asian American Studies Program, and other courses with consent of the director with substantial course content about Asian Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, or other US-based ethnic/racial groups. At least 2 of these courses must be at the 300 level.


Good Classes for First-Year Students

  • LATINO 201: Introduction to Latina and Latino Studies - Fall 2015
  • LATINO 277: Introduction to Latina and Latino Literature- Spring 2016

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How to Apply

The following must be submitted: Common Application (additional "Why Northwestern" written response encouraged) or Coalition Application, secondary school report (includes high school transcript and counselor recommendation letter), teacher recommendation, required standardized test scores and a nonrefundable application fee of $75.

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