All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.
Date: September 27, 2004
Discipline/Division: Latin American Area Studies
I. Introductory Statement:
This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator of Latin American Area Studies. Students must enroll through the LAAS coordinator.
To provide a basic introduction to the cultures and societies of Latin America, to provide the means essential to gain an understanding of Latin America and its diverse peoples, and to place Latin America in a comparative perspective.
IV. Requirements for a Major:
Proficiency in Spanish equivalent to that required for the completion of Span 2002.
4 credits in Latin American history (Hist 1601—Latin American History: A Basic Introduction or its equivalent).
1 credit in LAAS 3201—Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies.
Hist 3601 – Great Books in Latin American History
1-4 credits in LAAS 4101—Senior Tutorial in Latin American Area Studies taken together with Hist 3601
1 credit per semester, after enrolling in the major and when in residence, in LAAS 3100—Contemporary Latin America; no more than 4 credits can be applied to the LAAS major, and up to 4 credits can be applied to the 20-credit elective requirement.
20 additional credits selected from the courses listed below; these courses must come from at least three different academic disciplines. Students are encouraged to use elective credits to acquaint themselves with as many academic fields of Latin American studies as possible. Courses and directed studies not listed below may be approved by the LAAS coordinator, provided the subject matter is appropriate for the major. These courses may be applied to the 20-credit elective requirement. Students may have up to a two-course overlap with any other major. Additional overlap is possible, but must be approved by the LAAS coordinator.
Courses with grades of D/D+ may not be used to meet the major requirements.
2301 3601s. Social Change and Development in Latin
America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1111 or Soc
1101 or #)
Same as Soc
. Study of types of social change taking place in Latin American countries,
including economic, political, social, religious, and culture change. Problems
faced, consequences of development, and other types of changes are placed in
their social and cultural contexts.
Women in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr;
prereq 1111 or Soc 1101 or #)
Same as Soc
. Study of social statuses of women in Latin American countries and the
cultural norms influencing these statuses. Topics include class differences and
the varied interests of women of different classes and ethnicities, women's
movements, economics and political conditions, religion and women, etc.
Multicultural and Multiracial Literature s. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211,
Examination of literatures by African American, Native American, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples.
Engl 3341. Chicana/o
and U.S. Latina/o Literatures.
(HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212; not offered 2004-05)
Study of Chicana/o and
U.S. Latina/o literature from late 19th century to present and its historical
and cultural contexts. Particular attention given to themes of language,
identity, land, immigration/migration, and spirituality.
Engl 3342. Chicanas/os
and Latinas/os in Film. (HDiv;
4 cr.; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212 or #; offered when
feasible) Focus on how Chicanas/os
and Latinas/os have been represented in Hollywood films and how Chicana/o and
Latina/o writers, actors, and filmmakers have portrayed their people, culture,
and various issues in films and writings.
Hist 1601s. Latin American History: A Basic Introduction. (IP; 4 cr)
Methods, themes, and problems in the study of Latin American history.
Hist 3601f. Great Books in Latin American History. (IP; 4 cr)
A look at Latin American history through great books.
3606f. Ancient Maya Civilization. (Hist; 4 cr) Introduction
to Maya cultural traditions from earliest traces of settlement through Spanish
conquest in the 16th century.
Archaeological, ethnographical, and historical approaches used to
reconstruct ancient Maya civilization.
A survey of modern Cuban history, with an emphasis on the Cuban Revolution. A wide variety of perspectives will be introduced.
LAAS 3100f,s. Contemporary
Latin America. (1 cr; prereq LAAS
major; to be repeated each semester a student is in residence;
no more than 4 cr may apply can be applied to the LAAS
major, and up to 4 credits can be applied to the 20-credit elective
Opportunity for LAAS majors to read about and discuss in historical and cultural contexts the more important contemporary developments in Latin America.
LAAS 3201. Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies. (1 cr; prereq LAAS major; offered when feasible)
For the student new to the major. Introduction to the standard bibliographical tools and journals in Latin American area studies.
LAAS 4101. Senior Tutorial in Latin American Area Studies. (1-4 cr; prereq 3201; prereq sr LAAS major; offered when feasible)
Individual reading in subjects needing further development before completing the LAAS major. Subjects determined by LAAS faculty in consultation with the senior LAAS major.
LAAS 1993f,s, 2993f,s, 3993f,s, 4993f,s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr; repeatable; prereq @)
Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity related to Latin America not covered in the regular curriculum. Topic determined by the student and instructor.
Pol 3504s. Latin American Politics. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or #)
A comparative examination of central issues in and components of Latin American political life, including economic development, regimes and alliances, guerrilla wars, the armed forces, human rights, and democratic consolidation. Countries may include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, and Cuba.
Pol 3505f. Military and
Political Development. (IP; 4
cr; prereq 1301 or #) Explores military
intervention in government and the influence of the military on social and
economic policies in a variety of regions. Pol 4507s. Politics,
Violence, Terrorism, and Peace.
(IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or #; not offered 2006-07 2008-09) Examination of causes,
processes, and outcomes of violent social conflict, including repression, mass
political protests, riot revolt, terrorism, and revolution.
Social Change and Development in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111 or #)
Same as Anth
Study of types of social change taking place in Latin American countries,
including economic, political, social, religious and cultural change. Problems
faced, consequences of development, and other types of changes will be placed
in their social and cultural contexts.
2302 3602f. Women in Latin America. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111 or #)
Same as Anth 2302. Study of
the social statuses of women in Latin American countries and the cultural norms
influencing these statuses. Topics include class differences and the varied
interests of women of different classes and ethnicities, womenÕs movements,
economic and political conditions, religion and women, etc.
Span 1001f. Beginning Spanish I. (FL; 4 cr)
Study of basic skills of Spanish (reading, speaking, writing, listening) and cultural contexts of Latin America and Spain. Students should demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend materials such as ads and instructions; engage in simple conversations in Spanish, to speak about themselves and express their basic needs; construct sentences and questions in Spanish in order to write accurately at the short paragraph level; comprehend short conversations.
Span 1002s. Beginning Spanish II. (FL; 4 cr; prereq 1001 or placement or #)
Second course in the sequence beginning with 1001.
Span 2001f. Intermediate Spanish I. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1002 or placement or #)
Review and building of skills with a focus on basic Spanish language structures and tenses. Students should demonstrate the ability to read critically and understand the context of literary and cultural items; respond to simple questions, avoid basic pronunciation errors, engage in short conversations, discuss assigned themes at some length; write accurately at the paragraph level, avoiding common grammatical errors; comprehend conversations.
Span 2002s. Intermediate Spanish II or equivalent. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 2001 or placement or #)
Review and building of skills in more complex language structures, tenses, and moods. Students should demonstrate the ability to read with some basic literary analysis and analyze cultural differences; read out loud with understanding, speak in emotive and persuasive language contexts, hold conversations, speak extemporaneously on assigned topics; write analytically and accurately at the short paper level; comprehend short dialogues and paragraphs.
Languages: Beginning Nahuatl I (FL;
An introduction to the Aztec language, Nahuatl. Emphasis is on written language.
Span 2102. Associated
Languages: Beginning Nahuatl II (FL;
4.0 cr; Prereq-2101)
Continuation of 2101.
2121. Associated Languages: Intensive
Portugese (IP; 4.0 cr; Prereq-2002
or Fren 2002 or #)
Intensive, accelerated study of the basic skills of Brazilian Portuguese (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) with emphasis on oral competency.
3001f. Spanish Composition and Conversation I (IP; 4.0 cr; Prereq-2002 or #)
Further review of the four skills in Spanish, with emphasis on: 1) development of greater competence and confidence in conversational Spanish; 2) greater precision and sophistication in written communication; and 3) analytical proficiency in reading selections from diverse literary and cultural contexts.
Span 3002s. Spanish Composition and Conversation II. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 3001)
Span 3101s. Introduction to Hispanic Literature. (Hum; 4 cr, prereq 3001, prereq or coreq 3002)
Study of a variety of literary genres representing the literature of Spain and Latin America; rudiments of literary analysis and interpretation. Students should demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend the literary works studied, analyze works critically while developing a sensitivity toward certain cultural aspects and literary nuances expressed therein; participate in and comprehend sustained class discussion with respect to certain topics or themes; write with accuracy in Spanish and show some degree of analytical proficiency at the short paper level.
Span 3211. Literature and Culture of Latin America. (HUM; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101)
A study of important exemplary works of Latin American literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts will be examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical and philosophical.
Span 3212. Literature and Culture of Spain.(Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101)
A study of important exemplary works of Spanish (peninsular) literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts will be examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical and philosophical.
Span 3601 Seminar: Reality Born on Paper in Colonial Latin American Literature. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)
This course analyzes the multiple roles of writing during the conquest, the colonial period and the era of independence and nation-building, as well as its vital importance in the shaping of Latin American ŅidentityÓ and in the perception of the people and geography of the region
Span 3602 Seminar:Contemporary (Re-)Visions of Colonial Latin America: Revenge or Re-Match?
(Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)
A study of the re-reading and re-writing of the Conquest and Colonial periods in Latin America, focusing on how these periods are approached, or fictionally reversed, by contemporary authors. Readings include narrative, poetry and theater written during the twentieth century, but based on or inspired by colonial texts.
Span 3621 Seminar:Confessions and Letters in Latin American Fiction. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of confessions and letters in Latin American Fiction. Fiction is seen as a combination of texts within other texts. The combination becomes part of the fictional game which imitates and enhances reality.
Span 3622 Seminar:Exile and Emigration in Latin American Fiction. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)
Study of Contemporary Latin American literary texts where characters face forms of exile, abandonment and displacement as a result of emigration to Europe and USA.
Span 3623 Seminar:Ecology and Nature in Latin American Literature. (Envt; 4cr; prereq 3101; offered when feasible)
Study of Latin American texts where authors create character that read or misread Nature and its preservation or extinction. And how globalization is making this issue more relevant in the Latin American context.
Span 3651 Seminar:Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraÕs El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)
Study of Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraÕs novel El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha in light of its socio-historical context.
Span 3652 Seminar:Literary Minorities in Early Modern Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of the representative literary works written by or about Spanish Jewish and Muslim minorities from the middle ages to the seventeenth-century in light of their respective socio-historical contexts.
Span 3653 Seminar:Mar’a de Zayas: Literary Violence in Golden Age Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)
Study of the major works of seventeenth-century writer Mar’a de Zayas y Sotomayor, The Enchantments of Love (1637) and The Disenchantments of Love (1647) in light of their socio-historical contexts and the political issues surrounding the formation of literary canons.
Span 3654 Seminar:Sex, Love and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible)
The theme of sex, love, and marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature through prose, poetry, and theatre of the Golden Age (XVI-XVII centuries) Spain. Consideration of the gender relations and gender politics reflected in the works and the socio-historical context in which these works were produced.
Span 3671 Seminar:Origins of the Spanish Character. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) This course analyzes the Medieval and Golden Age roots of many of the beliefs and attitudes of contemporary Spain. Themes common to Spain, explored in both traditional and modern contexts, may include honor, patriotism, religion, idealism, individuality, satire, love, pride, etc.
Span 3672 Seminar:Reform in Spain: The Saint and the Journalist. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) This course analyzes, compares, and contrasts the lives and writings of St. Teresa of Avila (XVI Century) and Mariano Josˇ de Larra (XIX Century) as they worked toward a better Spain. Difficulties of religious and cultural reform as well as differences in traditional and enlightenment values are explored.
Span 3681 Seminar:Romanticism and Revolution in 19th Century Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the first half of the nineteenth century in Spain, with emphasis on the expression of the Romantic vision within the particular political context of the period, marked by tensions between liberal reform and traditional conservatism.
Span 3682 Seminar:Realism and Reform in 19th Century Spain. (Hum; 4cr; prereq 3002, 3101; offered when feasible) Study of representative texts (novels, stories and essays) from the second half of the nineteenth century in Spain, with emphasis on the rise of realism as an exploration of the socio-political reality of the era and the need for reform. The focus will be on general trends in Western cultures (eg., industrialization, positivism, secularization).
Span 3683 Seminar:Modernity and Identity in Spain: 1900-1930 (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 3002, 3101)
Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the early decades of the 20th century in Spain with particular emphasis on their responses to changes brought by modernity: advancing technology, modern psychology, political experimentation, spiritual exploration, and artistic innovation.
Span 4001 Research Symposium. (Hum; 4cr; prereq #) A capstone experience for majors, consisting of an introduction to research methods and critical approaches to literature, as well as development of an independent research project and presentation.
Spch 3411f. Intercultural Communication Theory and Research. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 2101 or #)
Study of intercultural communication from an interpersonal and group perspective.