Latina/Latino Studies Minor

About the Minor

The Latina/Latino Studies Minor is an excellent opportunity to augment your education with an understanding of the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. Students majoring in Marketing, Liberal Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Anthropology, Latin American Area Studies, and other majors enhance their career prospects with a Latina/Latino Studies minor.

The Latina/Latino Studies minor has gained in value and utility with the rapid democraphic growth of the Latino population in the US. Latina/Latino Studies graduates are well-prepared to pursue careers in a variety of professions and disciplines across the society and in our communities. Our alumni are in public service, public office, are community organization directors, health and human service providers and activists, journalists, creative artists and writers, educators and business persons. Many of our alumni pursue graduate and professional schools to become lawyers, doctors, social workers, architects, scientists and professors.

The 24-unit Latina/Latino Studies minor program detailed below requires 9 units of core courses, 9 units of distributed courses, and 6 units of electives. Latina/Latino Studies majors and minors acquire a substantive body of knowledge about Latino peoples, histories, cultures and contemporary social issues and problems. They gain the necessary skills to think, read, and communicate critically and creatively in diverse multicultural situations. They are able to systematically collect, construct and deconstruct, analyze and interpret information and data using multiple methods and models, multiple perspectives and paradigms.

Core Courses (all courses are three units unless otherwise noted.)

Every minor must take three core courses......9 units

  • LTNS 215 Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies *
  • LTNS 680 Community Organizing

Choose one of the following two courses:

  • LTNS 410 Seminar on Latina Women and Gender
  • LTNS 435 Oral History and Traditions

Distributed Courses  (Choose one three-unit course in each area)

  • One LTNS course chosen from the Arts and Humanities list
  • One LTNS course chosen from the History list
  • One LTNS course chosen from the Behavioral and Social Sciences list.

Elective Courses

(Choose two three-unit elective courses on advisement)

* Should be completed before enrollment in upper division core courses.

Total .................................................................24 units

Minor Advising

All Latina/Latino Studies minors must have an advisor. The advisor is the students’ primary connection to the Department, the minor and the field. They are responsible for helping students plan their academic careers. They are prepared to help students sort through course options and choose areas of concentration. The choices of courses and their sequencing are important for efficient progress through the minor and to insure timely graduation. Advisors can also help students with academic and bureaucratic problems that students might encounter. Many University forms and the application for graduation must be signed by an advisor. Advisors can also be a source for reference letters for graduate schools or employment applications. Advisors may be mentors as well.

Students have the option of choosing their minor advisor. Selection may be based on areas of teaching or research that different faculty represent that students want to model or learn more about. A choice may be made on the basis of which graduate school a student aspires to attend or the field they intend to pursue.

Students who declare a Latina/Latino Studies minor have a choice of advisors and should inform the Department of their choice. If they do not have a preference, they will be assigned by the Department Chair according to areas of expressed academic interests and with attention toward equalizing advising roles among the faculty.

There are eight members of the Latina/Latino Studies faculty that provide major and minor advising services. They will help you with the forms to declare a major, minor or double major, assist with your area of academic focus or interest, help you problem-solve as you move toward graduation and support you with graduate school or career advice and resources.

Choose your advisor based on shared academic background and interests, mentor relationship, or even convenience of office hours. For maximum benefit you should keep the same advisor throughout your progress at SFSU. Latina/Latino Studies advisors will advise only about the Latina/Latino Studies major and minor degree programs.  

We also encourage students to consult with advisors in the Advising Center (Old Adm 200) for questions regarding GE and other general graduation requirements.  

Please check the faculty directory for information about each advisor and their posted office hours for the semester.

The advisors are as follows: 

  • Teresa Carrillo, Chair
  • Tomás Almaguer
  • Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade
  • Katynka Martinez
  • Alejandro Murguia
  • Belinda Reyes

Department Forms

Click for Minor Checklist

Click for Department Intake Form

If you experience any problems with the department forms, please contact the Latina/Latino Studies Department Staff at (415) 338-6160.