Jul 12, 2024  
Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Latinx Studies Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Raúl D. Gutiérrez, 413.552.2817, rgutierrez@hcc.edu


Latinx Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped and continue to shape the development of Americans of Latinx origin and ancestry over the last 500 years. People of Latinx origin include a diverse population; these are communities who trace their ancestry to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. This program’s focus is on people of Latin American descent within the Western Hemisphere, in particular within the United States. Courses in Latinx studies consider the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and how they affect the lives of Latinx people. The emphasis in these courses is on the experience of Latinx as residents and citizens of the United States and not on their countries of origin or descent.

The curriculum in Latinx studies provides a critical civic engagement and an understanding and appreciation of the language, culture, literature, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments of Latinx communities. Latinx studies contributes to many fields and is appropriate for anyone planning to work with diverse communities and cultures. Latinx studies draws from and is informed by the humanities and social sciences and prepares students for jobs in a range of fields and for transfer to four-year baccalaureate programs.  

The program prepares students for transfer to a 4-year institution, and is suited for students who wish to pursue careers in the field of:

  • City and Urban planning
  • Community Arts
  • Counseling
  • Environmental Justice
  • Grassroots/Union organizing
  • Immigrant rights
  • International Relations
  • Law/Advocacy
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Youth work

As demonstrated by the curricular map below,  this area of study will give students the opportunity to apply and integrate the HCC General Education Competencies: Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Effective Communication, Knowledge of Diversity, and Quantitative Reasoning


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • engage with the histories, communities, and experiences of US Latinos
  • analyze literary works within cultural, social, and historical contexts
  • explain the relationship between race, class, gender, and ethnicity in Latinx communities
  • identify cultures, histories, and languages in Latinx populations to prepare them for the demands of a global society
  • gain practical experience by working with Latinx community organizations and leaders through service learning and internships


sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement; any course listed in the catalog is acceptable

  • General Elective Credit(s): 3-4



Transfer opportunities exist with integrated programs at numerous colleges and universities including the following regional institutions:

  1. Westfield State University - Ethnic and Gender Studies Program, Language and Cultural Studies Program: https://www.hcc.edu/courses-and-programs/advising-career-and-transfer-center/transfer/transfer-after-hcc/articulation-agreements

  2. University of Massachusetts Amherst - Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Certificate or Minor Program. (Certificate)

  3. Western New England University - American Studies (Major)

  4. Salem State University - Latin American and Latino Studies (Minor)

  5. University of Massachusetts Boston -  Latino Studies Program (Major & Minor)

  6. Amherst College - Latinx & Latin American Studies Program (Major & Minor)

  7. Smith College - Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program (Major & Minor)

  8. Mount Holyoke College - Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies Program (Major in Latin American Studies & Minor in Latino Studies)

  9. Williams College - Latino/a Studies Program (Concentration)

  10. Rutgers University - Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies (Major & Minor)

  11. University at Albany, SUNY - The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US  Latino Studies (LACS) (Major & Minor)

  12. El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, UCONN (Major in Latin American Studies and Minor in Latino Studies)

  13. The City College of New York - Latin American and Latino Studies (Major & Minor)

There is an agreement in place at Westfield State–please see the attached link above for more details.  No agreements are in place at any other institution; these are only possible schools and programs.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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