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Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Latino Studies
Latino Studies
Latino Studies
Latino Studies
Latino Studies

Minor in Latino and Latin American Studies

The Center's interdisciplinary minor provides students with detailed information about the Latino experience in the United States as well as Latin American civilization. It benefits students interested in careers in teaching, public service, health care, law, business, the arts, the media, and other fields. The minor also provides Latino students with a broader understanding of their own history and culture.

Minor Courses in Latino and Latin American Studies 

CLLAS: Register week of  April 6 for Fall 2015 minor and graduate concentration courses

Fall 2015
Please consult MyNIU and course catalog to verify information.


NIU Latino Oral History Project

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies is currently developing a collection of 
Latino oral histories on research that examines the study of labor history, migration 
studies, race and ethnicity, Latinos and public health, undocumented students and 
workers, gender and sexuality studies, and the history of Latino entrepreneurship 
in Northern Illinois.


Photograph by: Juan Manuel Fernandez

Scholarships and Grants for Graduate Students and Undergraduates

The Center sponsors a variety of scholarships and awards including:

The Center also promotes the Annual competitive research grants for faculty associates of the Center.

Current Events

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Celebrate Bilingualism

Are you bilingual?  If so, NIU wants to recognize your language skills with academic credit and career-enhancing certification!

  • Earn up to 12 credits by demonstrating fluency in a  language other than English
  • Receive a special certificate and notation on your transcripts
  • Free up your schedule to take other electives, or earn a minor with a few additional language courses

    For more information http://www.niu.edu/celebrate-bilingualism/ 

Study Abroad Opportunity:

Latin American Culture and Spanish Language in Mendoza, Argentina


NIU students will be studying at the Centro de Español como Lengua Extranjera (CELE) at the Universidad Nacional del Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.  Through two very successful Fulbright exchanges, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at NIU has strong ties to the Universidad Nacional del Cuyo.  The objective of the program is to introduce students to Argentine and Latin American culture, the courses and the program are designed to be a gateway to pursue other interests and fields. Students are provided with the option to choose from three possible three-credit courses: Argentine Cinema (taught in English), Understanding Latin America (taught in English) and FLSP 202 Intermediate Spanish II (taught in Spanish).

Read about CLLAS' Milestones Here!