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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 18-credit-hour minor.
Our LLAS-101 Introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies course fulfills a Social/Behavioral requirement for the NEIU General Education Program.


Core Courses
Credit Hours
LLAS-101 Introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies
LLAS-201 WIP: Culture and History of Latinos
LLAS-301 Field Seminar in Latino and Latin American Studies (capstone)
Three electives (from at least two departments) from approved electives list

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



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

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