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Latino Studies


Latino studies programs teach students about the lives of people who come to the US and Canada from Spanish-speaking countries.

Latino studies programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in Latino studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in Latino studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in Latino studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree and good grades. You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Your bachelor's degree should be in this program of study or a related major such as ethnic studies, sociology, or US history. If it isn't, you should take several courses that are related to race, ethnicity, and cultural studies.

Additional requirements at many schools include:

You should also be able to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Course work in graduate programs varies. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Things to Know

Some schools offer programs in a specific type of Latino Studies such as Chicano studies, Puerto Rican studies, and Cuban-American studies.

Colleges that do not have separate programs in Latino studies may offer elective courses as part of a major in interdisciplinary studies or liberal arts.


King-Snohomish Area

Green River College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Tacoma Area

Evergreen State College, The (Tacoma Campus)

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College