Latina/Latino Studies

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

Many of our courses fulfill general education requirements, and many of our courses are cross-listed with other departments.

Community Service Learning (CSL) is a requirement for the major, creating a great opportunity to start building up your resume and set a solid foundation for your career. CSL hours can be completed at a health clinic if you are pursuing a career in public health, at a law firm if you're interested in going to law school, at a school if you want to be a teacher, or at an art gallery if you're interested in the fine arts. These are just some of the sites where our students have volunteered.

Our department is committed to offering courses and community service opportunities that focus on the Latina/Latino/Latinx experience with a social justice lens.

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: Advising Worksheet (pdf)
When should I first meet with my major department?

It’s best to meet with an advisor as soon as possible. They can recommend specific classes based on your interests and make sure that you complete the major requirements as quickly as possible.

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

Students may choose an advisor based on their research interests. Faculty bios are available here.


Faculty advisor’s contact info and office hours are posted on our website.

Where can I find information about major advising? (Sophmores - Seniors)

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? This is not usually a problem. LTNS core courses are offered every semester. However, you should make LTNS core courses a priority when registering for classes.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Please visit the Student Engagement Center for assistance with GE advising after you've reached sophomore standing.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? LTNS 410, 435 and 680. And LTNS 215 if an equivalent course did not transfer to SFSU.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? No.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes. Social Justice Studies ADT. Spanish ADT.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Consider taking some of the following courses; most can meet general education requirements: 

  • LTNS 110 Critical Thinking in Latina/o Studies (A3)
  • LTNS 211 Latina/o Families Narrative (D1)
  • LTNS 225 Survey of Latina/o Visual Images (C1)
  • LTNS 230 Introduction to Latina/o Literature (C2)
  • LTNS 265 Topics in Latina/o History (D1)
  • LTNS 270 Latina/o/x Murals, Memes, Music, and More: Latina/o/x Arts & Humanities
  • LTNS 276 Latina/o, U.S. Government, and Constitutional Ideals (D3)
  • LTNS 278 History of Latinos in the U.S. (D2)
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No.



College of Ethnic Studies Advising Center (ESAC)

Services provided for: undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies majors, minors and courses.

Services include: Advising for general education, non-major graduation requirements, major requirements, graduation check (GE and major/minor), academic probation, study abroad, academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 338-6162