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Minor in U.S. Latino and Latin American Media Studies

The US Latino and Latin American Media Studies Minor in the Moody College of Communication allows you to take courses and specialize in learning about Latina/os and film, television, new media, journalism, advertising, and popular culture.  As Latinas and Latinos are growing as a national and global population and force, this is an increasingly useful and important area of professional knowledge.

And pursuing the minor is likely easier than you think. You may have taken several of the required courses for the Cultural Diversity flag and other degree requirements.  You can take the courses in any order, enroll at any point during your studies, and enhance your education by gaining access to related courses outside of your major.  The minor is open to all undergraduate students at UT-Austin. Students from outside the Moody College of Communication may have differing prerequisites after they are admitted to the minor.

For students under the 2018-2020 Catalog

The minor requires 18 hours of coursework, including at least nine hours completed in residence. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and only courses with a grade of C- or better (or CR for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis) will be counted. Students in Moody College may declare only one minor and must apply for their minor/certificate before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

RTF 306

Introduction to World Cinema History 1

   or RTF 307

Media and Society

RTF 323C

Screening Race

Six hours of upper-division elective coursework chosen from the following or from courses under the above Approved Electives tab: 

ADV 334

International Advertising

J 328S

Reporting en Espanol

J 334F

Oral History as Journalism

J 334N

Oral History in Multimedia Storytelling

J 341J

Minorities and the Media

J 347F

Reporting Latin America

J 354F

Journalism and Press Freedom in Latin America

RTF 322D

Film History 1960 to Present

RTF 324C

Introduction to Global Media

RTF 335

Television Analysis and Criticism (Topic 2: Race, Class and Gender in American Television)

RTF 342

Topics in Global Media (Topic 7: Global Media Systems)

RTF 342S

Topics in Global Media (Topic 1: Global Hollywood)

RTF 345

Studies in Film History (Topic 3: History of Mexican Cinema)

RTF 359

Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 7: Race and Digital Media Culture)

RTF 359S

Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 8: Latina/os and U.S. Media)

RTF 359S

Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 9: Latina Feminisms and Media)

RTF 359S

Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 12: Gender and Fan Culture)

RTF 359S

Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 13: Latin American Television)

RTF 359S

Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 14: Latino Images in Film)

RTF 365

Topics in Media and Society (Topic 8: Migration and Media)

RTF 365

Topics in Media and Society (Topic 12: Mapping Latino Culture in East Austin)

RTF 366K

Introductory Production (Topic 4: East Austin Stories)

Six additional hours of upper or lower division elective coursework in Latin American Studies or Mexican American and Latino/a Studies.

1Radio-Television-Film 306 should be taken by non-RTF majors and Radio-Television-Film 307 should be taken by RTF majors.

In addition, the following are University-wide rules regarding minors:

  • The minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Minors must include a minimum of six hours of upper division coursework. 
  • A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major
  • At least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major; this includes courses in non-major departments that are cross-listed with courses offered within the student’s major department. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.
  • Transcript recognition is awarded at the time of undergraduate degree completion.

For official course information, please refer to the UT Office of the Registrar Course Schedule. Please note that course applicability rests upon course content. Some courses that share the same title may or may not cover content related to Latino media and communication. Questions about applicability of a particular course should be directed to the program coordinator or advisor.


Spring 2020 Approved Electives in the Moody College of Communication

RTF 324C Introduction to Global Media
RTF 335, Race/Class/Gender and American TV (can substitute for RTF 323C Screening Race)
RTF 359 Chicana/o Film
RTF 359S Film and Social Change
RTF 365 Latinx Media/Arts/Activism

J322J Reporting Social Justice
J334S Place/Audio Storytelling
J346G Social Issues and the Global Perspective

ADV 336 Multicultural Messages and Audiences
ADV 378 Global Public Relations Strategy

CMS 327D – DC   Politics of National Memory
CMS 359C Inside American Communication

Courses in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies (MAS) or Latin American Studies (LAS)

Any two courses totalling six credit hours can be taken in the Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies or The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies for credit toward the Latino & Latin American Media Studies minor.  Information on course offerings can be located through the department's websites or through speaking to the academic advisors in these programs. Confer with these advisors or with Tessandra Lancaster if you need assistance enrolling in a course.

Courses Taught Abroad

Courses taken abroad that focus on content related to U.S. Latinos or on Latin Americans awarded credit under Moody College departments, MAS or LAS also may be applicable to the minor. To explore your options, search the "My Credit Abroad Database" which contains information on approved UT course equivalencies from foreign universities and programs. This database represents only courses taken to date – not all possible course options abroad. Students should work with their study abroad program coordinator to determine the full extent of course options abroad. Contact the UT Study Abroad Office for more information.

The following courses offered through UT study abroad, have been pre-approved for the Latino Media Studies minor in the past:

This list represents only previously approved courses – many more are possible, but have not yet been evaluated for credit equivalency for the minor. If you register for a relevant course abroad that you would like to have evaluated for applicability to the Latino & Latin American Media Studies minor, please forward the course syllabus to the academic advisor for review.  Note: pre-approval for the LMS minor does not guarantee that these courses will be available during your intended semester of participation abroad.

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The US Latino and Latin American Media Studies Minor is open to all undergraduate majors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Students in Moody College may declare only one minor and must apply for their minor/certificate before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.

The minor is part of the Moody College's Latino Media Arts & Studies (LMÁS) Program. LMÁS supports the minor, sponsors an annual speaker series, and offers other programming and resources for students and Latina/o media studies scholars. Visit us at moody.utexas.edu/centers/latino-media!

For students under the 2016-2018 catalog

The minor requires 18 hours of coursework, including at least nine hours completed in residence. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and only courses with a grade of or better will be counted. This minor is open to all undergraduate majors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

RTF 307 Media and Society
RTF 323C Screening Race
Six hours of elective coursework, chosen from the list of approved electives (list below)
Six hours of elective coursework in Latin American Studies or Mexican American Studies

Approved elective coursework in the Moody College of Communication:

ADV 334 International Advertising
J 334F Oral History as Journalism
J 341J Minorities and the Media
J 347F Reporting Latin America
J 354F Journalism and Press Freedom in Latin America
J 367E Journalism in Latin America
RTF 359S Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 7: Mixed Race and U.S. Film and Media)
RTF 359S Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 8: Latina/os and U.S. Media)
RTF 359S Studies in Media and Culture (Topic 9: Latina Feminisms and Media)
RTF 365 Topics in Media and Society (Topic 5: Latin American Media)
RTF 365 Topics in Media and Society (Topic 6: Latinos and Media)
RTF 366K Introductory Production (Topic 4: East Austin Stories)

Minimum criteria for recognition of the minor on the transcript:

  • The transcript-recognized undergraduate academic minor program must be completed in conjunction with the completion of an undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • At least half of the required course work for the certificate must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major.
  • At least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major; this includes courses in non-major departments that are cross-listed with courses offered within the student’s major department. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.

For students under catalogs prior to 2016-2018

The US Latino and Latin American Media Studies Certificate requires eighteen hours of coursework, including at least nine hours completed in residence. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and only courses with a grade of C or better will be counted.

Students must fulfill the following requirements: 

COM/RTF 316M Race, Ethnicity, and the Media (retired course)
    or CMS 314L Language Communication, and Culture
    or RTF 323C Screening Race
Nine hours of upper-division elective coursework in Moody College (list below)
Six hours of elective coursework in Latin American Studies or Mexican American Studies

Approved elective coursework in the Moody College of Communication:

ADV 334 International Advertising
ADV 378 Advanced Studies in Advertising (Topic 2: Advanced Issues in Multicultural Markets)
ADV 378 Advanced Studies in Advertising (Topic 9:Consumer Discrimination in the Marketplace)
J 340C Topics in Journalism, Communication, and Culture (Topic 1: Mass Media and Minorities)
J 349T Topics in Understanding and Reporting Social Issues (Topic 4: International Reporting)
J 349T Topics in Understanding and Reporting Social Issues (Topic 7: Oral History as Journalism)
J 349T Topics in Understanding and Reporting Social Issues (Topic 10: Covering the US Latino Community)
J 367E Journalism in Latin America
PR 378 Advanced Studies in Public Relations
RTF 359S Studies in Media and Culture (Topic: Brazilian Media and Culture)
RTF 359S Studies in Media and Culture (Topic: Brazilian Film: Documentary vs. Narrative Interpretation)
RTF 365 Topics in Media and Society (Topic: Immigrant Media)
RTF 365 Topics in Media and Society (Topic 6: Contemporary Issues: Latinos and Media)
RTF 365 Topics in Media and Society (Topic: Race, Class, and Media)
RTF 366K Introductory Production (Topic 4: East Austin Stories)

Minimum criteria for certificate recognition on the transcript: 

  • The transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificate program must be completed in conjunction with or within one year of completion of an undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin. Students pursuing an integrated undergraduate/graduate program must complete the requirements within one year after completing the undergraduate requirements of their program. A maximum of nine credit hours in the certificate program may be taken after completion of the undergraduate degree.

  • Transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificate programs must require a minimum of 18 hours of certificate course work but not more than 24 hours.

  • At least half of the required course work in the certificate program must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • A student may not earn a certificate in the same field of study as her or his major, and at least one course required for the certificate must be outside the requirements of the major. However, courses in the certificate program outside the major may fulfill other degree requirements, such as general education requirements or required elective hours.

  • Students apply for transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificates at the time they complete their undergraduate degree or the certificate program, whichever comes later. Transcript recognition is awarded at that time.