The U.S. Latino/a Studies program at Iowa State University is devoted to the study of Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans, Dominican Americans, and Central and South Americans living in the United States who trace their ancestry to the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. Latino/as are the largest and fastest growing culturally diverse population in the United States, and represent a dynamic and thriving community in the United States. The US LS program draws on coursework from history, sociology, psychology, political science, language, economics, and other academic fields to aid our students’ understanding of these peoples, their history, customs and traditions, their roles in the community, and their economic and political influence.
Students who complete the minor in Latina/o Studies enhance their academic profile to achieve successful careers in business, politics, public advocacy, education, law, and many other professional fields.
The US LS offers course work that meets the ISU U.S. Diversity requirement and also offers a 15 credit Minor in U.S. Latino/a Studies.