Latinos in the United States

crowd during a festival

The term “Latino” has become an important part of U.S. society. Its presence in the social media, politics and daily conversations makes it a wide spoken topic. But what does it mean? This course examines the group of individuals commonly identified as “Hispanics” or “Latinos/as.” Consideration is given not only to the features these people share in common, but also to their diversity. An interdisciplinary approach examines the history, politics, religion, literature, art, music and popular traditions associated with the Latino population. The primary objective of this course is to examine who Latinos are, how they came to live in the United States, and what their place is within U.S. society. Of central importance to this examination is an understanding of the concepts of race, ethnicity, identity, resistance and assimilation.