Latinx, Latin American Studies, and ELL Education (El Camino)

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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Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

About El Camino

Latin American Studies (Mexico and countries southward) and Latinx Studies (Latinx peoples in the United States) are connected through ongoing patterns of migration, transnational economic structures, and networks of solidarity across national borders. In joining this Path, you will be part of a dynamic learning community. Deepen your knowledge of Latinx and Latin American cultures and communities. Study the Spanish and Latin American languages, and learn how to teach English language learners. Pursue careers in education, community-based organizations, and graduate work. Work with language learners in local educational settings from kindergarten to adult, and even internationally. Develop a more humanistic understanding of these diverse communities through a variety of interdisciplinary lenses:

  • Community studies
  • Communications
  • Comparative education
  • Cultural studies
  • Economics
  • Feminist studies
  • Health
  • Media studies
  • Political economy
  • Qualitative research
  • Queer studies
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Foundational programs

Foundational programs in the El Camino Path teach general skills such as writing, critical thinking, language acquisition, interdisciplinary thinking, library research, critical reading of texts, and group collaboration. They also give you specific prerequisites needed for upper-division programs. Foundational programs are taught every year.

Foundational Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Carrying “Home:” Communities, Local Knowledge and Latinx Worlds
 
Foundational Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Spanish Speaking World
 
Foundational Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Spanish Speaking World
 
Teaching English Language Learners
  
Foundational Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Spanish Speaking World
 
Teaching English Language Learners
  
Foundational Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Latinx Studies: Political Economy of Borders
  
Teaching English Language Learners
  

Advanced programs

Advanced programs in the El Camino Path typically offer the following opportunities:

  • Develop a research plan and carry out that research
  • Learn skills in cultural and textual analysis
  • Understand how people work in more than one language
  • Experience Spanish-language immersion
  • Practice different modes of writing
  • Collaborate in a group on a variety of projects
  • Present the results of your research formally and informally

Advanced work in this area may also include a study abroad program, a capstone project, individual learning contracts, or internships.

Advanced Programs for 2019–’20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
   
  
Stories and Histories: El Cuento Latinoamericano
Advanced Programs for 2020–’21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
 
Teaching English Language Learners
 
Spanish Speaking World (Advanced)
Advanced Programs for 2021–’22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
 
Teaching English Language Learners
 
Spanish Speaking World (Advanced)
Advanced Programs for 2022–’23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Latin American Women Writers
 
SOS: Advanced Projects in Latin American and Latinx Studies
  
When Social Justice Meets Education
Advanced Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Re-interpreting Liberation: Third World Movements and Migrations
  
Education and Empowerment: Understanding Culture and Qualitative Research