Latino/a & Latin American Studies


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the colonial period to the present, using a variety of primary and secondary materials, including films, literature, historical documents, visual arts, material culture, music, scholarly books and essays.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.

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.
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.
RSLS 228 Chincana Reliious Identities
* 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. 
THEA 303. Latina/o Theater.

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