The Latino Studies Program is in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and is dedicated to the study of the historical, social and cultural experience of Latino communities, with a strong interest in the transnational dimensions of U.S. Latino life. Several strengths give Latino Studies at NYU intellectual weight and a unique profile. Its core faculty includes distinguished specialists in all the major strands of US Latino history: Chicano (Saldana, Rosaldo), Puerto Rican (Davila, Flores) and Cuban (Dopico, Munoz). Its faculty combines social science expertise, including sociology, anthropology and history, with strength in the arts, including music, literature, performance and film. In addition, the Latino Studies program draws on the expertise of affiliated faculty in the fields of law, education, performance studies, medicine, social work, linguistics and art history. The program combines a historical perspective, going back to early colonialism and pre-colonial times, with the study of contemporary developments such as recent Mexican and South American immigration to New York City. Latino Studies houses a groundbreaking research project on Afro-Latino history and culture. The program values the bilingual and multilingual aspects of Latino culture, and encourages them in its students.
The department offers both a major and a minor in Latino Studies. Students can also combine Latino Studies with another concentration in the SCA general major. Other SCA programs include Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Metropolitan Studies.