Latin American and Latino Studies School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS)?

Latin American and Latino Studies is a new interdisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts. Many universities have discrete, separate programs in either Latin American or Latino Studies. However, this innovative interdisciplinary program brings together both areas of study in one curricular offering. LALS provides a way for students to contemplate transnational connections and to approach the study of Latin American and Latino societies and cultures from a variety of methodological and disciplinary approaches. 

Currently, the program offers a 15-credit hours minor that is comprised of courses in Spanish, Portuguese, Political Science, History, English (being developed), and Anthropology. Please see our Bingo Sheet and courses page for further information. 

How do I become a minor?

It is very easy! Simply speak with your current academic advisor about adding LALS as a complimentary minor to your major area of concentration. 

What if I am not in the College of Liberal Arts? Can I still have a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies?

Definitely! The minor in Latin American and Latino Studies is open to all Purdue University undergraduate students who elect to expand the breadth of their knowledge regarding Latin American and US Latino cultures. 

Are there plans for a major?

Yes. We are hopeful that a major in Latin American and Latino studies is forthcoming. Be on the look out! 

Are there opportunities for study abroad?

Yes. As do all Purdue University students, minors in LALS will have an array of study abroad options that can satisfy required courses for the minor. The program will offer integrated study abroad options that are a part of courses that will be developed specifically for LALS. 

With whom do I speak if I have more questions?

If there are more questions, please contact Professor Song I. No, Director at 496-3663 or via email at

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