2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin

Latinx Literature Minor

Description. This minor examines U.S. Latinx authors writing in English and focuses on the four major U.S. Latinx groups – Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican – as well as other significant U.S. Latinx populations – Colombian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan. While applying literary criticism and taking an interdisciplinary approach, which may also include the study of music, religion, politics, film, and the visual arts, this minor provides a well–rounded understanding of the cultural elements that contribute to U.S. Latinx Literature. In addition, this minor will enable students to develop the critical reading and writing skills essential for graduate study and careers in the law, education, public policy, writing, and government. Among the broad issues this minor will address include the following: diaspora; bilingual aesthetics; street literature; criminal and social justice; border narratives, citizenship, and the law; experiences of exile; Afro–Latinidad; Latina feminisms; queer identities; orality; and ethnicity.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Know U.S. Latinx literature and its role in expanding the American literary canon.
  • Synthesize and incorporate dominant theoretical and historical perspectives on U.S. Latinx Literature.
  • Evaluate principal concepts in U.S. Latinx Literature including identity, race, nationalism, diaspora, bilingualism, class, and gender.
  • Analyze multiple ways U.S. Latinx literature addresses issues related to immigration, national borders, citizenship, crime, incarceration, law enforcement, and the justice system.
  • Gain an overview of U.S. Latinx cultural production, with an emphasis on literature, and an interdisciplinary awareness of film, music, and visual art.
  • Through written work and oral presentations, students will read a text closely and critically, demonstrating analysis at both the verbal and thematic level and acquire writing competence and specific skills in literary argumentation using textual evidence and critical sources.

Rationale. The minor will expose students to a dynamic body of literature that, for the past fifty years, has gained national prominence and international acclaim. Latinx writers, poets, essayists, journalists, and playwrights have won major literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize in literature, drama, and poetry. U.S. Latinx writers come from varying racial, cultural, and geographic locations. These diverse backgrounds give birth to a rich literature whose expressive range and sensibilities significantly enlarge the field of American literature. As with all literature classes, Latino literature classes will help develop student mastery of analytical reading, interpretation, and effective rhetorical skills. As one part of John Jay’s overall rigorous curriculum, the LatinxLiterature minor will help students develop effective written communication skills as well as formulate nuanced perspectives on cultural diversity that are necessary for success in personal and professional endeavors.

Credits required. 18

Minor coordinator. Professors Richard Perez, English Department, (646.557.4408, rperez@jjay.cuny.edu) and Belinda Rincon, English and Latin American and Latinx Studies Departments, (212.237.8750, brincon@jjay.cuny.edu)

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.

Part One. 200–Level Foundation Course

LIT 265Foundations of U.S. Latinx Literature


Total Credit Hours: 3

Part Two. 300–Level Course Requirements

Select four courses
LIT 357Violence of Language: U.S. Latinx Street Literature


LIT 383Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Latinx Literature


LLS 362Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latinx Literature


LLS 363Il-Legal Subjects: U.S. Latinx Literature and the Law


LLS 364Ethical Strains in U.S. Latinx Literature


Total Credit Hours: 12

Part Three. 400–Level Course

LIT 409Seminar in U.S. Latinx Literature


Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 18