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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.

Message from the Center Director

CLLAS Director, Dr. Abreu¡Bienvenidos to the cyber home of Northern Illinois University’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS)!  I would like to invite new and returning students and faculty to explore our site to learn about course offerings, academic and cultural programming, scholarship and grant opportunities, and community outreach activities sponsored by CLLAS.  ¡Vamos todos on a journey to greater understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean and the Latino experience in the United States!

A minor in Latino and Latin American Studies fits nicely with most degree plans offered by the university and allows students to take courses in a variety of major fields: history, sociology, and Spanish literature and culture, as just a few examples.  Our dedicated Faculty Associates teach innovative and engaging courses that fulfill the requirements for a minor in Latino and Latin American Studies.  Consider our introductory courses ILAS 100: Introduction to Latin American Civilization and ILAS 299: Introduction to Latino Studies or FLSP 361: Introduction to Spanish Cultures, HIST 374: Latinos in the U.S., and SOCI 361: Race and Ethnicity. 

The Center hosts lectures, discussions, and workshops throughout the academic year that feature the groundbreaking research of NIU faculty and faculty invited from across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and elsewhere. We also sponsor, often in collaboration with other academic and resource centers on campus, cultural programs that serve to make more visible the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the social, economic, and political issues facing Latinos in the United States.  I encourage you to check back frequently for an updated schedule of events. 

CLLAS also seeks to support its students and Faculty Associates in their efforts towards academic excellence through several competitively-awarded scholarships and research grants.  Stay tuned for announcements detailing application requirements and deadlines. 

Finally, the Center remains committed to extending learning beyond the classroom by partnering with student organizations, community groups, and alumni both on and off campus.  In these activities and through other modes of support for social justice engagement, we encourage our students to think critically and develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility for the world around them.  Ask me how you can get involved or be on the lookout for calls for participation. 

Become a Latino and Latin American Studies minor, attend one of our many academic and cultural programs, or just stop by the Center to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals!  Go Huskies!

Hablamos pronto,

Christina D. Abreu, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies


Minor Courses in Latino and Latin American Studies 

CLLAS: Register week of  April 3 minor and graduate concentration courses

Fall 2017
Please consult MyNIU and course catalog to verify information.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Area Studies Open House
Thursday, August 31st  
11:00am - 1:00pm
College View Court (Outside the Latino Center)

Latin Chill
Wednesday, September 6th
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Latino Center

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.

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Photograph by: Juan Manuel Fernandez