Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS)


OLLAS is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to combine academic excellence with real-world engagement in order to produce positive social change and enhance our understanding of Latino/Latin American issues.

Organization's Primary Goals, Major Programs or Services

OLLAS' main goals are to: 1) develop policy-oriented and community-relevant research, 2) create learning opportunities for students and communities beyond the classroom and across borders and 3) establish strategic and egalitarian community partnerships to strengthen our capacity to address local and global concerns.

The Latino/Latin American Studies Program prepares undergraduate students for a wide variety of career options. A major in Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS) or a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) may be particularly useful to those students planning a career in public service, non-profits, education, law, health, counseling, and business. OLLAS offers student research, study abroad and internship opportunities which help prepare them for their chosen careers and graduate school. In sum, the program offers what we like to call “the OLLAS Job Credential”: 


OLLAS offers what 21st century employers want and what the world needs:

✓Individuals who are knowledgeable about local Latino cultures and issues while understanding the global contexts which influence them today.

✓Professionals with increased proficiency in languages as well as excellent writing and critical thinking skills.

✓Problem-solvers, team players and ethical professionals ready to meet the challenges of the dynamic changes taking place in the 21st century here and abroad.

✓Individuals ready to continue their learning process beyond a bachelor’s degree

Degrees Offered  

Bachelor of Arts in Latino/Latin American Studies

Minors Offered

Chicano/Latino Studies Minor

Other information

All coursework taken for the LLS major or CLS minor must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.


The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS)

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