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Introduction 

Northeastern Illinois University is the only four-year public university in the Midwest federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and as such our Latino and Latin American Studies Program (LLAS) builds on the University’s commitment to diversity and community partnerships. We strive to combine classroom learning and active involvement in the community. LLAS classes are taught by faculty from an array of disciplines in education, the social sciences and humanities, who are committed to active learning through discussion, research and community engagement.
 

Degree Requirements 

LLAS offers a 36-credit-hour major. After foundational preparation in both Latino and Latin American studies, students will choose to complete their major with a concentration in either Latino studies or Latin American studies.
 
Our LLAS-101 Introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies course fulfills a Social/Behavioral requirement for the NEIU General Education Program.
 

Courses 

Choose either the Latino Studies concentration or the Latin American Studies concentration.
Latino Studies Concentration Core Courses   (36 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours
LLAS-101 Introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies
3
LLAS-201 WIP: Culture and History of Latinos
3
LLAS-290 Critical Inquiry in Latino and Latin American Studies
3
Latin American Language (See note below)
6
Four electives from Latino Studies Concentration approved electives list
12
Two electives from Latin American Studies Concentration approved electives list
6
Capstone Course
 
LLAS-391 Internship in Latino Studies
3
Total
36
Latin American Studies Concentration Core Courses (36 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours
LLAS-101 Introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies
3
LLAS-201 WIP: Culture and History of Latinos
3
LLAS-290 Critical Inquiry in Latino and Latin American Studies
3
Latin American Language (See note below)
6
Four electives from Latin American Studies Concentration approved electives list
12
Two electives from Latino Studies Concentration approved electives list
6
Capstone Course
 
LLAS 392 Internship in Latin American Studies
3
Total
36
Note: Latin American Language Requirement—There are two ways to meet the Latin American Language requirement for the major: 1) take two courses at Northeastern taught in Spanish, Portuguese, French or an indigenous language from Latin America. Course levels are determined by the result of the World Languages and Cultures placement exam; or 2) transfer six credit hours of Spanish, Portuguese, French or an indigenous language from Latin America from another college/university.
 

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

This model shows how you might complete your LLAS Major and BA in 4 years.

Following this model enables you to complete your degree in 4 years, taking 15 credit hours per semester.  Please note that if you need developmental Math courses, additional time will be required.
 
You may review other models for approaching your course work over a longer period of time. See 5 year model below.
 
* Latino & Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program.  Some or all of your electives for the LLAS major might be from our many cross-listed courses from other departments.
 

This model shows how you might complete your LLAS Major and BA in 5 years.

Following this model enables you to complete your degree in 5 years, taking 12 credit hours per semester.  Please note that if you need developmental Math courses, additional time will be required.
 
If you need to spread your course work over a longer period than 5 years, contact the LLAS Advisor.
 
* Latino & Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program.  Some or all of your electives for the LLAS major might be from our many cross-listed courses from other departments.

This model shows how you might complete your LLAS Major and BA if you transferred in with an Associate’s degree in which your General Education courses are complete.

Following this model enables you to attend NEIU part-time, taking 6 credit hours per semester over 10 terms.
 
* Latino & Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program.  Some or all of your electives for the LLAS major might be from our many cross-listed courses from other departments.
 

Careers & Employment 

We live in an emerging global society where Latino and Latin American voices are becoming more and more significant. Latinos constitute the largest U.S. ethnic minority and Latin America is among the most important U.S. trading partners. This means that graduates with a degree in Latino and Latin American Studies have unique opportunities for careers in national and international settings, in the private and public sector and in research organizations and the U.S government. For more information, visit Northeastern’s Career Development Center.

 

Program Contact Information 

Northeastern Illinois University
Room LWH 2096
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699
 
Monday - Friday
(9:00am - 5:00 pm)

Telephone: (773) 442-4793
Fax: (773) 442-4900
TTY-TTD (Typewriter telephone for the hearing impaired): (773) 442-4999 (incoming only)

Christina Gomez, Program Coordinator, x4161
Ann Botz, Office Administrator, x4793
 

Other 

Events

The Latino and Latin American Studies program sponsors events that promote its mission and enrich the University community.  We often co-sponsor events with other campus programs that share our values and mission.

Latino and Latin American Studies