Latina/Latino Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Latina/Latino Studies?

This interdisciplinary major is devoted to the study of Latin American origin populations in the United States. We offer a variety of courses in which students critically explore various facets of Latina/o social, political, and cultural life. Latina/o Studies faculty are trained in diverse disciplines. These include anthropology, sociology, history, media studies, literature, performance studies, public health, and ethnic studies. They are excellent teachers and scholars deeply committed to working with undergraduates. Our goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to be active and successful participants in our multi-racial, multi-cultural democracy.

Career Options

  • Applied health
  • Bilingual/bicultural education
  • Business
  • Community activism
  • Community health
  • Higher education student affairs & administration
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • School guidance counseling
  • Social work

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

4% volunteering

$36,509 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Family Health Network, City Year View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770