LatinX and Latin American Studies

Latinx Studies and Latin American Studies are two distinct but interrelated fields. Latinx Studies focuses on the diverse historical and contemporary experiences of Latinxs that reside in the United States. Latin American Studies focuses on the cultures and histories of countries and communities geographically situated south of the Mexico-U.S. border.

You will study each of these interdisciplinary fields through curricular offerings in the El Camino (Latinx Studies, Latin American Studies, and ELL Education) Path. Programs in Latinx Studies often focus on the ways socioeconomic, educational, and political conditions (such as migration and immigration) impact Latinx cultural wealth, representation, and identity.

Latin American Studies usually combine intensive study of Spanish language with study of history, literature, film, and intersectional feminist studies focused on countries in Latin America.

Interested in these fields? You may even have the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico or Nicaragua and/or engage in community-based projects and internships with local organizations that serve Latinx communities.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Huerta, Grace educational policy studies, qualitative research methods
Morales, Maria Isabel latinx studies, cultural studies, education
Nelson, Alice Spanish language, Latin American studies
Ocampo, Catalina Spanish language, Latin American literature

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Culture, and Public Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Dangerous Skills
  • Freshman
8, 14
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Latin American Women Writers
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Spanish - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish - First Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish - Second Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish - Second Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish: Conversación y Composición
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4