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Consortium of Studies in
Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
Programs included are:
- Africana Studies
- American Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Colonialism Studies
- Latino Studies

Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the history, social locations, and contributions of Latinos/as in the United States. Today, Latinos/as comprise approximately 53 million people or 16.9 percent of the U.S. population. And yet many - Latinos and non-Latinos alike - are unaware of the complexity of this population group, the histories of the different groups that comprise U.S. Latinos, or the richness of their contributions to U.S. history, culture, and society. The minor provides the opportunity to study Latinos/as within the U.S. sociopolitical and cultural context, as well as a framework for understanding this population's historical connections to Latin America. Courses explore the impact of U.S.-Latin American relations in shaping migration flows, as well as the impact of colonialism and war, racism, inequality, and cultural, social, and political marginalization on U.S. Latino experiences. Our curriculum also underscores the vibrant contributions of Latinos/as in music, theater, film, the visual arts, and popular culture.

 

As an interdisciplinary field, Latino studies resides at the intersection of American and Latin American Studies. For Latino students, the minor serves as a mirror for examining their individual and collective identities. For non-Latino students, the minor provides insight into one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the United States. While a minor in Latino Studies is attractive to social science and humanities majors, it also benefits students entering professions in which knowledge of the distinctions between various Latino communities in the U.S. is a valuable resource, such as: medicine; community health; dentistry; education; child development; urban and environmental planning and policy; and international relations.

 

The Latino Studies minor at Tufts is part of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD). The RCD consortium also includes: Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Colonialism Studies. All of these programs share a common intellectual and pedagogical project to critically study, race, migration, and settlement.