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The Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell offers Latina/o Studies as a minor field in graduate studies. The minor invites any Cornell graduate student interested in Latina/o Studies to craft a program of interdisciplinary study. Faculty expertise spans multiple fields, including anthropology, history, literature, law, sociology, government, education, planning, human development and language, enabling students to develop a graduate minor that meet their specific interests.


Over the course of their study students will be expected to take two Latina/o Studies graduate or advanced undergraduate (4xxx) courses outside of their major field of study. Other courses not crosslisted with Latina/o Studies may be eligible upon consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. In lieu of available courses, the student and his or her minor field advisor might design a project that culminates in a paper given at a conference or presented for publication. As per graduate school regulations the Latina/o Studies graduate minor field must be represented on students special committee by a faculty member in the field. The requirements will vary according to the student’s need and desires in shaping his or her project. It is expected that the student's thesis or dissertation pertain to a topic specific to Latinos in the United States. Upon completion of the minor and graduate degree requirements, the student will be awarded a LSP Graduate Minor Certificate.


Students interested in the Graduate Minor should plan to meet with Professor Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, Director of Graduate Studies and register as an LSP graduate minor in the LSP office, 434 Rockefeller Hall.

Being able to persue an LSP minor has allowed me to explore myself, my community and the systemic issues plaguing students of color, particularly Chicanos within the country. I have been able to be within a space outside of the mainstream, which does not validate or acknowledge the experiences of students of color like me, which has made me incredibly proud of my heritage and which has made me feel supported as a student and as a person. LSP changed the course of my career and my passions and allowed me to discover my multiple identities. 

Evelyn Ambriz, MPA; Latino Studies Minor, with concentrations in Education Policy, Ethnic Studies and Citizenship Experience

Latino Studies has been an affirmation that my life, my ideas, my lived experiences (as a Latina/o citizen, student and scholar) matter. An opportunity to take Latina/o lives seriously and to explore them critically. That is, to ask questions about what Latina/o identity really means, who Latinas/os are (or are not) and what new ideas can be formed based on a careful attention to the literature, culture, histories, memories and lived experiences of Latina/o communities.

Omar Figueredo, Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature, emphasis on U.S. Latina/o and Latin American literatures, Latino Studies minor