Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Explore the culture and history of the United States’ fastest-growing ethnic minority group.

You’re drawn to Puerto Rican and/or Latino culture and want to know more. A major in this area gives you the knowledge you seek, providing critical insight into our globally interdependent world. Our student-centered curriculum has been a pioneer in the field since the department was founded in 1970. You’ll be able to study Puerto Rican and Latino culture, arts, history, literature and contemporary society both on campus and abroad through our travel opportunities. And our María E. Sánchez Center for Latino Studies will supplement your formal education with an abundance of conferences, lectures, workshops, seminars and internship opportunities that encourage you to research topics of particular interest.

To the department I owe my Latinidad, academic maturity, appreciation for diversity, and drive to enhance living conditions in every spectrum of the Latino community as I, too, make part of it.

Marylu Espinosa ’05, ’07 M.A.

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Quick Facts

  • The creation of the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies was inspired and engendered by the Civil Rights Movement and student activism.
  • The faculty has received prestigious grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lilly, Ford, and Woodrow Wilson foundations.
  • The program in Puerto Rican and Latino studies and business was among the first of its kind in the nation.

Possible Careers

  • Bilingual educator of middle-school students
  • Community activist for underserved Latino populations
  • Anthropologist studying Latino groups