Message from the Center Director
¡Bienvenidos to the cyber home of Northern Illinois University's Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS)! I would like to invite new and returning students and faculty to explore our site to learn about course offerings, academic and cultural programming, scholarship and grant opportunities and community outreach activities sponsored by CLLAS. ¡Vamos todos on a journey to greater understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean and the Latino experience in the United States!
A minor in Latino and Latin American Studies fits nicely with most degree plans offered by the university and allows students to take courses in a variety of major fields: history, sociology and Spanish literature and culture, as just a few examples. Our dedicated faculty associates teach innovative and engaging courses that fulfill the requirements for a minor in Latino and Latin American Studies. Consider our introductory courses:
- ILAS 100: Introduction to Latin American Civilization
- ILAS 299: Introduction to Latino Studies
- FLSP 361: Introduction to Spanish Cultures
- HIST 374: Latinos in the U.S.
- SOCI 361: Race and Ethnicity
We host lectures, discussions, and workshops throughout the academic year that features the groundbreaking research of NIU faculty and faculty invited from across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean and elsewhere. We also sponsor, often in collaboration with other academic and resource centers on campus, cultural programs that serve to make more visible the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the social, economic and political issues facing Latinos in the United States. I encourage you to check back frequently for an updated schedule of events.
CLLAS also seeks to support its students and faculty associates in their efforts towards academic excellence through several competitively-awarded scholarships and research grants. Stay tuned for announcements detailing application requirements and deadlines.
Finally, we remain committed to extending learning beyond the classroom by partnering with student organizations, community groups, and alumni both on and off campus. In these activities and through other modes of support for social justice engagement, we encourage our students to think critically and develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility for the world around them. Ask me how you can get involved or be on the lookout for calls for participation.
Become a Latino and Latin American Studies minor, attend one of our many academic and cultural programs, or just stop by the center to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals! Go Huskies!
Christina D. Abreu, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies
The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) serves as a home for the interdisciplinary study of the Latino experience in the United States as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. Our curricular offerings in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are enhanced by our academic and cultural programming and community outreach activities. Our undergraduate minors and graduate students gain advanced knowledge and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean history and culture and engage in close examination and analysis of the social, economic, and political challenges facing Latinos in the United States. We seek to help students develop their critical thinking, research, writing, and oral communication skills, while also encouraging them to consider their responsibilities to the local and global communities to which they belong.