Latin American Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 230 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= LAS 230, HIS 360)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

AFR 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=LAS 300)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

Black and mulata women have participated in constructing Cubanidad (Cuban nationalism) since the beginning of the Cuban republic in 1902. However, the largely male-dominated national narrative that has made Che Guevara's "New Man" famous since 1959 frequently overshadows their interventions. Despite this public silence, Afro-Cubanas (Afro-Cuban women) have consistently challenged narratives of exclusion and contributed to antiracist and antisexist movements in Cuba. As theater critic, Inés María Martiatu Terry explained in 2011 one of the goals of the Afrocubanas movement is to "feminize negritude and to blacken feminism."  

This course will analyze Afro-Cubana feminisms through a close reading of the work of four key black and mulata intellectuals and activists-Sara Gómez, Nancy Morejón, Daisy Rubiera, and Gloria Rolando. In doing so, it seeks to trace the legacy of the many black and mulata women who participated in revolutionary Cuba from the 1960s to the present. In particular, the course will examine how Afro-Cubanas have challenged negative stereotypes about black women, worked both inside and outside of Cuba's state-sponsored women's movement, and fought to create space for racial and sexual rights. All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.

The course can be repeated for credit given sufficiently distinct topics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Histories and Genealogies major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

ANT 205 Ethnic Relations
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Comparative and historical study of social processes related to ethnic differences in modern complex societies. Readings in theoretical and descriptive literature, focusing on issues of unequal distribution of power and privilege, racism, and ethnic prejudice.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 208 Early Cities and States
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Archaeology of prehistoric and early historic complex societies. Early chiefdoms and states of South America, Egypt, and Asia. Anthropological theories of state formation, including the roles of ecology, ideology, technology, warfare, and economic organization.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 227 Environment and Culture in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

This course addresses human-environment relations in Latin America from the standpoint of environmental history and ethnographic case studies in the region. Issues such as biodiversity, land use and agriculture, transnational flows of natural and food resources, ethnoecology, and social mobilization around environmental issues are examined using theoretical perspectives from cultural and political ecology.  Particular attention is given to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the environment and to alternative models of "development" in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Brazil.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
 

ANT 251 Mesoamerican Civilizations
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Origins and development of the major civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize from the earliest times to the Spanish conquest. Emphasis upon the Olmecs, Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Examination of social and political organization, economic systems, ecological adaptations, major artistic achievements, and writing systems.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 253 Latin American Society and Culture Today
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Overview of Latin American culture from an anthropological perspective.  An ethnographic focus demonstrates linkages between life in local communities and forces of cultural, social, and political change at the level of the nation-state.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies one of the introductory course requirements in Latin American Studies.

ANT 321 Borderlands, Identity, and Rights
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor

Samson

Advanced study of how borders and borderland regions shape social, religious, political, and economic relationships in Latin America, and examination of the tensions created when people and resources cross cultural and political borders. Particular emphasis on Mexico and Central America, as well as the Latino experience in the United States.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 323 Human Rights in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Anthropological perspectives on human rights agendas in Latin America. Case studies examine the tension between universal and culturally relative conceptions of human rights in relation to issues such as state violence, violence directed toward minorities, and social justice movements.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 327 Religious Pluralism in Twenty-first Century Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Samson

The emphasis in this course is on the contemporary religious pluralism that has resulted from the encounter of the Old World with the New. Religious change in Latin America since Vatican II and the advent of liberation theology is examined alongside the burgeoning presence of Protestantism in the region during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to indigenous and Afro-Latin American traditions. Case studies in the course are selected for their use of ethnographic methods, and the geographic focus centers on the Andean region, Mesoamerica, Brazil, and the Caribbean.


Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

ANT 341 Globalization
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Explores globalization and the social and cultural processes transforming local life throughout the world. Introduction to the impact of global capitalism, transnational culture and political flows, and the role of global non-government organizations in different regions. Topics include global capitalism, state power and sovereignty, diaspora ethnicity and migration, and the localization of transnational culture.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 354 Art and Writing of the Ancient Maya
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

The sculpture and painting of the ancient Maya, including an introduction to hieroglyphic decipherments concerning Maya dynastic history, warfare, and political organization. Other topics include Maya myth, ritual, and astronomical knowledge.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ANT 356 Art, Myth, and History of Ancient Central Mexico
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

Study of Aztec and Mixtec religion, ritual, and philosophy as exemplified in works of art, architecture, civic planning, cosmology, literary works, and painted books (codices). Case studies include the Aztec Great Temple, the Codex Borgia, and the Codex Mendoza, as well as the art of the ancestral city of Teotihuacan.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
Prerequisites & Notes

ANT 101 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Samson

Approaches to ethnographic and ethnohistorical research and analysis in cultural anthropology. Examination of selected studies that demonstrate a variety of approaches to the study of single cultures and to cross-cultural comparisons. Students design and complete research projects. With advance departmental approval, an off-campus ethnographic field school course may be substituted for credit toward the major.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ECO 234 Latin American Economic Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Economics 101.

Instructor
Fitz

This course combines economic theory, policy and historical accounts to understand forces that have shaped Latin American economic development.  You will gain an understanding of major theories and trends in Latin American development while obtaining the necessary tools to analyze specific development issues and the impact of development projects.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

EDU 350 Latino(a) Education in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course will examine the schooling experiences and educational attainment of Latinos & Latinas in the United States.  We will explore the impact of culture, gender, class, and immigration on Latino/a educational experiences, as well as the impact structures and settings, activism and advocacy, and politics and economics can have on educational attainment.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 162 Latin America to 1825
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

A survey of Latin American history from the eve of Spain's conquest of the Americas to the era of Latin American independence from Spain. An introduction to the societies of the Americas and the major social, political, and economic themes following the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 163 Latin America, 1825 to Present
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Introduction to the history of modern Latin America, emphasizing major political events, economic trends, and important changes in Latin American society, with particular attention to ethnicity, class, and gender. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 264 The Digital Mexican Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

In depth study of the Mexican Revolution through political as well as cultural history.  Emphasis on traditional and digital methodologies.  No digital skills required. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 359 Latinos in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

History of Latinos in the United States.  Course content focuses on Mexican American experience as well as Latinos of Caribbean descent.  Themes include: the border; labor; discrimination; geography; migration.  Emphasis on post-US-Mexico War through the late 20th century.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Ethnic Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a major credit in Latin American Studies.
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 

HIS 360 History of the Caribbean (=AFR 230 and LAS 230)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

HIS 362 The Cuban Revolution (=AFR235 and LAS 235)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson  

This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

HIS 364 Gender and History in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Women's and men's experiences and how gender roles have shaped the social and political history of Latin America. Themes include conquest encounters, elite and religious notions of gender propriety, labor roles, and political activism. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 465 Colonialism and Imagination in Early Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

The rise and fall of colonial power in Latin America with a focus on the emergence of colonial Latin America as a historical unit.  Topics include justification of colonial rule, civilization and barbarism, differences between the Old and New Worlds, and American Identity.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 466 Migrations and Immigration in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Study of the relationship between internal migrations and outward immigration in Latin America.  Students will acquire in-depth information about migration/immigration in the early colonial period, in the neo-imperial nineteenth century, and in the twentieth century.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

LAS 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructors
Staff

LAS 101 is an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America.  The class draws on expertise of Latin American studies experts from across the faulty.  Important areas of study include theory, cultural production, history, and contemporary politics and society. 

The course is a requirement for the Latin American Studies major and minor.
 

LAS 120 Afro-Latin America (= AFR 120)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

From Mexico to Brazil and beyond, Africans and people of African descent have fought in wars of independence, forged mixed race national identities, and contributed politically and culturally to the making of the Americas.  Even though Latin America imported ten times as many slaves as the United States, only recently have scholars begun to highlight the role blacks and other people of African descent played in Latin American history.  This course will explore the experiences of Afro-Latin Americans from slavery to the present, with a particular focus on Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia.  In doing so, the course seeks to answer questions such as: What does it mean to be black in Latin America? Why has racism persisted in Latin America despite political revolutions claiming to eliminate discrimination? What are the links between blacks in Latin America and the United States? How have differing conceptions of "race" and "nation" caused the rise and decline of transnational black alliances between U.S. blacks and Afro-Latin Americans?  All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

LAS 220 Politics and Economics of Brazil (= POL 344)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
B. Crandall

Treatment of political and economic change in modern Brazil.  Focus on inequality, violence, environmental protection, and US-Brazil relations.  Course includes historical background from 1946 forward.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement
Meets the Cultural Diversity requirement

LAS 222 The Political Economy of the Southern Cone (=POL 354)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
B. Crandall

Course offers brief historical overview of Southern Cone nations Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay and then moves to in-depth study of political and economic institutions.  Themes include bureaucratic authoritarianism, economic shocks, military rule and the return to democracy, regional integration, and globalization.

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies and Political Science
Satisfies a concentration requirement in International Studies
Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement
Meets the Cultural Diversity requirement
 

LAS 230 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= AFR 230)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

LAS 235 The 1959 Cuban Revolution (= AFR 235, HIS 362)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

 This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

 

LAS 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=AFR 300)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

Black and mulata women have participated in constructing Cubanidad (Cuban nationalism) since the beginning of the Cuban republic in 1902. However, the largely male-dominated national narrative that has made Che Guevara's "New Man" famous since 1959 frequently overshadows their interventions. Despite this public silence, Afro-Cubanas (Afro-Cuban women) have consistently challenged narratives of exclusion and contributed to antiracist and antisexist movements in Cuba. As theater critic, Inés María Martiatu Terry explained in 2011 one of the goals of the Afrocubanas movement is to "feminize negritude and to blacken feminism."  

This course will analyze Afro-Cubana feminisms through a close reading of the work of four key black and mulata intellectuals and activists-Sara Gómez, Nancy Morejón, Daisy Rubiera, and Gloria Rolando. In doing so, it seeks to trace the legacy of the many black and mulata women who participated in revolutionary Cuba from the 1960s to the present. In particular, the course will examine how Afro-Cubanas have challenged negative stereotypes about black women, worked both inside and outside of Cuba's state-sponsored women's movement, and fought to create space for racial and sexual rights. All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.

The course can be repeated for credit given sufficiently distinct topics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Histories and Genealogies major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

LAS 342 The Latin American City (= SPA 342)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructors
Maiz-Peña and Mangan

This course analyzes the Latin American city through historical and cultural perspectives.  In addition to cities such as Mexico City and Buenos Aires, the course will address Latino presence in US cities.  Course to be conducted in Spanish.

LAS 395 Independent Study in Latin American Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Independent Study

LAS 490 Senior Capstone Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Spring

Instructor
Staff
 

Capstone course for Latin American Studies majors.  Students will study one theme from an interdisciplinary perspective and prepare a related major research paper.

LAS 495 Honors Thesis Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Independent study dedicated to research and writing the honors thesis: Grade will be noted as NG after the first semester and the final grade will be applied in the spring semester at the completion of the thesis.  The final grade for the thesis will be determined by the thesis committee following a spring defense of the thesis.

MUS 241 Music of Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

No music training required. (Fall; normally offered in alternate years.)

Instructor
Botelho

An introduction to the music of Hispanic and Luso American countries and cultures from colonial times to the present.  Topics include: sacred and secular colonial music, son, marimba music, vieja guardia music, tonada, milonga, tango, Latin jazz, samba, and bossa nova.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.  Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.  

MUS 246 Music of Brazil
Prerequisites & Notes

No music training required. (Fall; normally offered in alternate years; not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Botelho

A survey of cultivated and vernacular traditions of Brazilian music from colonial times to the present. Topics include: sacred and secular colonial music, the barroco mineiro, nationalism, the avant-garde, samba, bossa nova, MPB, candomblé, jazz, tropical rock, and rap.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.  Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to first-year students.

Instructors
Ceka, Menkhaus, O'Geen, Rigger, Sellers, Toska

The framework of social science analysis, and the use of statistics for studying political problems. Topics range from research design and hypothesis testing to correlation and multiple regression.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement. 

 

POL 293 Politics of the Americas
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
R. Crandall

This course examines the history, politics, economics, and society of the countries and regions comprising the Americas and Latin America in particular. 

Sub-field = International and Comparative
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a requirement of the International Studies Interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a requirement of the Latin American Studies major.
 

POL 344 Politics and Economics of Brazil (= LAS 220)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
B. Crandall

Treatment of political and economic change in modern Brazil. Focus on inequality, violence, environmental protection, and US-Brazil relations. Course includes historical background from 1946 forward.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Provides credit towards the Latin American Studies major.

POL 347 Politics of Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Menkhaus

Theories of development and underdevelopment, assessment of development policies in practice, and study of political change in the Global South.


Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Counts toward the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.

POL 353 The Latin American Political Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
R. Crandall

This course analyzes the political messages and discussions within some of Latin America's most widely read works of fiction.  The course also examines the broader political, economic, and social context in which these stories take place.  The novels will be read in English translation.


Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies. 
Satisfies a requirement of the International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

POL 354 Political Economy of the Southern Cone (=LAS 222)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
B. Crandall

Course offers brief historical overview of Southern Cone nations Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay and then moves to in-depth study of political and economic institutions.  Themes include bureaucratic authoritarianism, economic shocks, military rule and the return to democracy, regional integration, and globalization.

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies and Political Science

Satisfies a concentration requirement in International Studies

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement

Meets the Cultural Diversity requirement
 

POL 360 International Political Economy
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
B. Crandall

This course explores theories and policy debates involving international trade, finance, development, labor, and global financial crises. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Counts toward the International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

POL 361 U.S.-Latin American Relations
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
R. Crandall

This course traces the evolution of United States involvement in Latin America beginning with the War of 1898 and continuing through the present day. It focuses on recent US-Latin American issues such as the war on drugs, undocumented immigration, and intermittent U.S. interventions in the hemisphere.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Counts toward the Latin American Studies Major.
Counts toward the International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

SPA 241 Latin American Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Selected works of Latin American literature in English translation. Readings and class discussions are in English.

Students entering before 2012 and after: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SPA 244 U.S. Latino Literature in English
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered in 2015-2016.)

Instructor
González

Reading and discussion of a variety of texts to develop a general idea of the complex experience of people of Latin American background living in the United States. Readings and instruction in English. 

Students entering before 2012 and after: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 270 Textual Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or its equivalent. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Boyer, Peña, Willis


Reading and discussion of works by Spanish, Latino, and Latin American writers. Introduction to cultural, historical, and textual analysis of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Research papers in the target language. Conducted in Spanish.

Required of all majors and minors.
Counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 340 Latin American Literature I
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Fall)

Instructor
Boyer

Literature and the arts against a background of history and socio-political developments from 1492 to 1900, with a focus on major currents of thought and world views. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area IV for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 341 Latin American Literature II
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Spring)

Instructors
Boyer

Ideas, aesthetics, and theoretical interpretations that have shaped modern Latin American literature and other cultural expressions from 1900 to the present. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 342 The Latin American City: Historical Narratives & Cultural Representations (= LAS 342)
Prerequisites & Notes

Cross-listed with LAS 342. (Not in 2016-17)

Maiz-Peña and Mangan

This course will study the Latin American city through historical and cultural perspectives. Students will learn about the history of select cities and then analyze the relationship between historical context and cultural production through texts offering historical, cultural and literary representations of the cities. The course will emphasize comparison of cities over time, with attention to the phehispanic city, the modern city and the contemporary Latin American City, as well as US cities with a strong Latino influence.

Satisfies Area III for the Hispanic Studies major and counts as an upper-level elective in Latin American Studies.

SPA 343 Contemporary Latin American Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Fall 2016.)

Instructors
Peña

Most important literary works of major contemporary writers from Latin America studied against a background of recent history and relevant ideologies and theoretical interpretations. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Spring)

Instructor
González

This survey course explores the development of a distinctly Latina/o culture in the U.S. Topics covered include: the changing nature of geographic and economic borders from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century; the history and legacy of racism and xenophobia; the construction of canons; the politics of bilingualism; Chicana and Latina feminisms; culturally specific manifestations of gender and sexuality; and the exoticization and marginalization of Latina/o culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
 

SPA 346 Latin American Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Study of the most important Latin American playwrights, plays, and performances within the ideologies and aesthetics that have shaped contemporary Latin American theatre. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 347 Imperial Cities
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Boyer

Focused study of the way urban space becomes the staging ground for the conquest of the New World, and ultimately, the administration and consolidation of global imperial order throughout the viceregal period. Although much of the semester focuses on Mexico City, this course develops a general vocabulary to talk about the ways urban literary and intellectual culture were inextricable from a discourse about empire and the increasingly urban character of imperial modernity. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area IV for the major in Hispanic Studies and counts towards Latin American Studies.

SPA 352 Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 or 270 or their equivalents. (Fall 2016)

Instructor
Peña 

Exploration of the cinema and film-making traditions of Latin America since the 1950s with specific attention to the aesthetic media, political debates, and histories of national film industries.  Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards the Film & Media Studies as well as Latin American Studies.
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

SPA 358 "Writing the Amerindian Americas"
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Boyer

This course examines the European imperial project in the Americas through the lens of Indigenous writing and cultural responses. By examining indigenous texts from throughout the Americas, we will trace the way native orality and writing has negotiated the impact of imperialism, as well as the various ways in which these responses have helped to shape hybrid, autochthonous cultures throughout the western hemisphere. Although the bulk of the materials will be from the 16th through the 19th centuries, we will also examine more contemporary texts and cultural artifacts.

Satisfies an area IV requirement for the major.
Satisfies the Literary Studies distribution requirement.

 

SPA 359 Contemporary Latin American /Latino Short Story
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or the equivalents. (Not in 2016-17)

Instructor: Maiz-Pena

This upper level course is designed to engage the student in a complex process of critical thinking and cross cultural interpretation as we explore a relevant body of milenio Latin American/Latino short narratives. Concentrating on analytical, creative, and argumentative reading practices, we will identify relevant textual, ideological, and cultural representational strategies of postmodern short narratives, sudden fiction, micro-fiction, film and animation adaptations. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies. Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

SPA 374 Caribbean Peoples, Ideas, and Arts
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Literature and arts, ideas, and socio-economic structures in the Caribbean islands and rimlands (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Central America). Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
 

SPA 375 Latin American Women Writers
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Maiz-Peña

An examination of genre, gender, and representation in women's writing in Latin America from the 20th century to the present.  Latin American women's textual and visual narratives: Practices and Theoretical Frameworks. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Gender & Sexualities Studies, the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory, and Latin American Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 401 U.S.- Mex Border Cultures
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not in 2016-17)
 

Instructor
Peña

 

US/Mexico Border Culture will explore the ways in which artists have depicted the diversity of experiences of crossing, settling or living in the border regions between the U.S. and Mexico.  We will focus on fiction poetry, essays, and films from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. We will reflect on: How and why have representations of the border changed over time?  How are political, social and economic events influencing artistic representations of it? How does national identities are constructed in the border context? What alternative cultural discourses have emerged from the contemporary of border artists?

A substantial final research project will be conducted.  Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not in 2016-17)

Instructor
González

This course explores theories of gender and sexuality from both North and South and their dialogue with transnational American cultural production. Throughout the semester, we will consider a diverse group of U.S. Latina/o and Latin American literary texts, films, and performances and investigate their construction of sexual, gendered, national, and ethnic identities.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 405 Law, Letters, and Empire
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Boyer

An exploration of the points of contact between humane letters and law, as disciplines that examine, shape and challenge normative claims about the world. Through close analysis of literary and theoretical texts, we will ask ourselves if justice is a faculty with identifiable structural, philosophical and aesthetic characteristics present in both literature and law, as well as how the underlying complementarity of the legal and literary shapes the emergence of the Atlantic early modern world.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 406 Life-writing, Gender, Performativity
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Spring 2017)

Instructor
Maiz-Peña

Interdisciplinary research oriented seminar designed to engage students in the politics of unsettling modes of life-writing, gender, and representation. Life-writing theory and cultural analysis of contemporary Latin American/Latino fictional and non-fictional narratives.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.