Academic Programs

Studying transnational politics, cultural arts, public history, imperialism, linguistics, migration, media, or race and ethnicity? Check out our affiliated undergraduate programs and our graduate certificate program.

Undergraduate Studies

  • Chicano/Latino Studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the historical, cultural, social, and political experience of Chicanos and Latinos, with a particular emphasis on the development and culture of the Chicano/Latino communities in California and the West, as well as on both historical and contemporary effects of global issues on Chicano/Latino communities.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLA) is an interdisciplinary major bridging the fields of Latin American Studies (focusing on the history and cultures of Central and South America) and Latino Studies (focusing on the experience of Chicano/a and Latino/a communities in the United States).

  • The major in Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Media and Politics underscores the global reach and import of the nations in the Americas, Europe and Africa in which Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.

  • A major or minor in Spanish and Portuguese can complement interests in international relations, political science, business, education, sociology, linguistics, political science… the possibilities are endless.

  • The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers a Minor in Latin American Studies for students in any major who want to pursue a complementary concentration on the region.

  • The Luso-Brazilian Studies minor offers students the opportunity to further the study of the Portuguese language and take significant steps toward its mastery both as a richly layered expressive tool in the contexts of literary and cultural analysis and in the interpretation and articulation of critical thinking, as well as a highly effective instrument tailored to the practical needs of business interactions in a world that is increasingly more diverse and globalized.

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Latinx and Latin American Studies provides a foundation for USC Ph.D. students who wish to gain expertise in interdisciplinary research and public-facing scholarship that focuses on Latinx communities within the United States and in Latin America.