Embark on a learning adventure in US Latino/a/x Studies that will make you the better job candidate throughout your career!


Latinos/as/x are the largest and fastest growing, culturally diverse population in the United States, representing dynamic and thriving American realities.

True to its land-grant mission, and in recognition of the growing importance of the Latino/a communities in the Midwest, Iowa State University invited Dr. Hector Avalos to found the US Latino/a Studies Program in 1994. Strategically, ISU welcomed leading faculty specialized in Latino/a Studies through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Today, U.S. Latino/a Studies at Iowa State University is a cross-disciplinary, coalition-building program that offers well-structured and creative coursework to students interested in the arts, cultures, economies, histories, politics, religions, and literatures of Latino/a/x communities throughout the United States. It facilitates the study of a vast array of communities and individuals with roots in the Caribbean and Latin America, and to long-established U.S. citizen communities such as Chicanos/as, Mexican Americans, Tejanos, Californios, Cuban-Americans, Dominican-Americans, and Puerto Ricans on the island and on the mainland. Because of complicated colonial histories, diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds, and cross-cultural experiences, United States Latino/a/x Studies embodies a bold kind of Hemispheric International Enterprise.

The USLS Program offers courses that meet the ISU Diversity Requirement and the Humanities General Education Requirement, and offers a 15 credit Minor.

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Iowa State University is located on the ancestral lands and territory of the Baxoje (bah-kho-dzhe), or Ioway Nation. The United States obtained the land from the Meskwaki and Sauk nations in the Treaty of 1842. We wish to recognize our obligations to this land and to the people who took care of it, as well as to the 17,000 Native people who live in Iowa today.

Approved and posted February 18, 2020

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