Latino/a & Latin American Studies

Overview | Requirements | Courses | Faculty

Overview

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies (LLAS) major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the societies and cultures of Latin America and the Latino and Chicano experience in the United States. By extending the study of "Latin America" beyond the geo-political borders of the region to include the Caribbean and the United States, the major emphasizes the importance of migrations, interethnic interactions, and cultural exchanges of Indigenous, European, African, and Asian peoples throughout the Americas. The LLAS program engages students with a variety of perspectives on the socio-political complexities and cultural traditions of the Americas, and the historical development of unique regional societies and cultures. The transnational perspective of our curriculum distinguishes the LLAS major from more traditional area studies programs.

Students in the major develop proficiency in Spanish and take courses from a broad range of academic disciplines and departments, including history, Spanish, sociology, English and comparative literature, music, politics, critical theory-social justice, economics, psychology, and education. LLAS majors are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad and summer research programs in Latin America or Spain. Our program also encourages students to engage in community-based learning through the different activities available in the Latino and Latin American communities that are integral to the city of Los Angeles. The major prepares students for graduate school as well as for a variety of career paths, including community organizing, social work, education, public history (museums and cultural centers), government, law, public service, and business.

Requirements

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies Major requires forty units/ten courses in addition to its language requirement of Spanish 202 OR Spanish 211. Students are strongly encouraged to take a one unit-course in U.S. Latino or Latin American Performance Art (Music or Dance) before they graduate. Requirements are:

  • the Latino/a and LLas 101: Introduction to Latino/a and Latin American Studies an interdisciplinary introduction to the geography, societies, cultural landscapes, and political and economic struggles of Latin American and U.S. Latino peoples.
  • two courses from the following three Latin American History and Politics courses: History 150; History 151; Pol 210;
  • Two Latino Studies courses from the following offerings: ECLS 352 (Chicano Literature), ECLS 365 (U.S. Latino Literature); Education 213 (Chicano Education); Econ 324 (Economics of Immigration); History 359 (Mexico-U.S. Borderlands); Music 385 (Performance and Politics of the U.S. Mexico border); Psych 385 (Chicanas and Chicanos); SOC 420 (Immigration); Spanish 383 (Chicano Literature).
  • Three additional courses (not counting the two mandatory courses from History 150, History 151, Pol 210), from the list of electives listed under the COURSES drop-down menu, including at least one 300 level course. Starred 300-level courses fulfill the Junior Writing Requirement. In the interests of interdisciplinarity, no more than two electives may be taken from the same department.
  • satisfaction of the Major's language requirement (Spanish 202 or Span 211). Span 202 or 211 fulfills the language requirement but is not counted towards the 40 units of credit necessary for the major.
  • the equivalent of a 300 level Spanish class above Span 202/211 or a third Latino Studies course.(two Latino Studies courses are mandatory).
  • The Latino/a and Latin American Studies Senior Seminar. Declared majors propose the topic of their senior thesis by the end of Spring Junior year.

Minor
Current requirements for the Latino/a and Latin American Studies Minor: Spanish 202 or 211 remains mandatory; so, too, are the Gateway course, two Latino Studies courses and two Latin American Studies courses, of which one should be at the 300 level. Only ONE history/politics course from History 150; History 151; Politics 210 will be required of minors.

Courses

Latino/a and Latin American Studies Courses

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101 - Introduction to Latina/o and Latin American Studies

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to sources, methods and approaches in the transnational study of Latin American and US Latino communities. We will focus on the social and cultural interaction of indigenous, European, African, and Asian peoples from the colonial period to the present, using a variety of primary and secondary materials, including films, literature, historical documents, visual arts, material culture, music, scholarly books and essays. Field experiences in Los Angeles will supplement the course materials. Specific course topics will vary by instructor, but may include: migration, mestizaje, indigenism, imperialism, dependency, nationalism, urbanization, popular culture, and social movements.
CORE REQUIREMENT MET: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

490 - Senior Seminar

In this course students will write their senior theses on Latin America or Latino communities. Seminar meetings will focus on issues concerning research methods and will guide students through the steps of writing a substantial essay. Students will present their findings in a public forum at the end of the course. Open only to LLAS majors. Prerequisite: Open only to LLAS majors.

Courses that Count Towards a Major or Minor in Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Students take three ELECTIVES in addition to the two courses out of 3 from History 150, History 151 and Pol.210 Starred 300-level courses will fulfill the Junior Writing Requirement. In the interests of interdisciplinarity, no more than two electives may be taken from the same department. Span 202 or 211 fulfills the language requirement but is not counted towards the 40 units of credit.
AMST 295: SOCIO-POLITICS OF RACE 
CTSJ: 247 Machos: Forms of Latin American Manliness.
* ECLS 354: Chicano Literature.
* ECLS 365 U.S. Latino Literature.
ECON 324 Economics of Immigration.
EDUCATION 213. Chicano Education.
DWA 237. Communism in a Post-Communist World.
DWA 240. Comparative Revolutions.
HIST 150. Colonial Latin America.
HIST 151. Modern Latin America.
HIST 258 Mexican Politics in the Twentieth Century .
* HIST 300 Mexican Revolution or Gender and Sexuality in
Colonial Latin America.
HIST 354 Race in Latin America.
HIST 355 Indians of Mexico.
HIST 358 Latin America - U.S. Relations;
HIST 359 Mexico-U.S. Borderlands .
MUSIC 102. Music of Latin America.
* MUSIC 385. Performance and Politics of the U.S.-Mexico Border.
POLS 210 Latin American Politics.
POLS 295 Latino/a Politics
POLS 295 Minority Politics in Latin America
PSYCH 385 Chicanas and Chicanos.
* SOC 335 Democratizing Latin America
* SOC 420 Immigration.
SPAN 301 Introduction to Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American Literature.
SPAN 303. Introduction to Modern Latin American Literature and Civilization.
SPAN 313. Latin American Film and Culture.
SPAN 314. Latin American Women's Voice in Fiction/Film.
SPAN 363. Hispanic Autobiography.
SPAN 382. Contemporary Mexican Novel.
SPAN 378. Buenos Aires in Latin American Fiction and Film. 

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Lisa Sousa, chair

Professor, History; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Advisory Committee

Adelaida López

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Shanna Lorenz

Assistant Professor, Music; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. New York University

Dolores Trevizo

Professor, Sociology; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Raul Villa

Professor, English; Advisory Committee, American Studies; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., Yale University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz

Affiliated Faculty

Elizabeth Braker

Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Kinesiology; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., Colorado College; Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Lan T. Chu

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University

Robert Ellis

Norman Bridge Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Salvador Fernández

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., UCLA

Jorge Gonzalez

VP for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, and Professor, Economics

B.A., Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Felisa Guillén

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., M.A., University of Madrid; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara

Mary Lopez

Associate Professor, Economics; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Richard Mora

Associate Professor, Sociology; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a & Latin American Studies

B.A., Harvard College (Sociology); M.A., University of Michigan (Education); M.A., Harvard University (Sociology); Ph.D., Harvard University (Sociology & Social Policy)

Alexandra Puerto

Associate Professor, History; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.B.A., New School for Social Research; M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., UC Davis

Jaclyn Rodríguez

Professor, Psychology; Advisory Committee, American Studies; Affiliated Faculty,Latino/a and Latin American Studies

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Michael Shelton

Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Cognitive Science; Affiliated Faculty, Linguistics; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Ronald Solórzano

Professor, Education; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.S., M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., UCLA

Jeffrey Tobin

Associate Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice, Emeritus

B.A., Earlham College; M.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa; Ph.D., Rice University