El Camino: Latinx, Latin American Studies, and ELL Education

Deepen your knowledge of Latinx and Latin American communities and gain skills for careers in education through coursework, community-based learning, and study abroad.

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“Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar....”
— Antonio Machado 

El Camino encourages you to explore connections among three distinct and interrelated fields of study: 

  • Latinx Studies focuses on the historical, sociopolitical, economic conditions and experiences of Latinx communities in the U.S.
  • Latin American Studies focuses on the culture and history of countries and communities geographically situated south of the Mexico-U.S. border.
  • ELL Education focuses on the education and theories, research and methods relevant to teaching English-language learners in the U.S. or abroad. 

You will study the connections between all three fields, and engage with relevant issues through multiple disciplinary lenses. Examine many aspects of immigration by engaging in economics, education, history, literature, language, and social policy. Programs will prepare you for careers in education, community-based organizations, and graduate study. El Camino offers opportunities to study Spanish, from beginning to advanced, and to develop skills for teaching English language learners. Experiential learning is available through study abroad, volunteer and tutoring opportunities, internships, and work with community organizations. This path of study prepares you to work with diverse Latinx and Latin American communities via: 

  • Community-based learning
  • Critical education and pedagogy 
  • Cultural studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • Intersectional feminist and race/class/gender studies
  • Literature
  • Media studies
  • Political economy
  • Qualitative research
  • Spanish Language
  • Writing in English and Spanish
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    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Elementary and secondary education
    • Teaching K–adult English language learners
    • Teaching English to speakers of other languages
    • Literacy development
    • Policy and education
    • International relations
    • Community-based organizations
    • Immigration-based advocacy and law
    • Research and outreach

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Master's in Teaching
    • Master's in Education
    • Master's in Arts
    • Master's in Public Administration
    • Doctoral work in social sciences or humanities
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    Fischel, Anne communication, media and community studies
    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
    Womeldorff, Thomas (Tom) economics

    Programs Planned 2021-25

    Exploratory

    • The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings
    • Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods (Part 1)
    • Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Borders
    • Diversity & Dissent in Education and the Media
    • Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Public Health
    • Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media & Education
    • Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Borders

    Advanced

    • The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings
    • Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods (Part 1)
    • Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Borders
    • Diversity & Dissent in Education and the Media
    • Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Public Health
    • Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media & Education
    • Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Borders

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