Form NC:

New Course Proposal





Form NC #:





I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

ENGL 3341 Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literature (4 cr.; QP-1501, 1531,1541; SP –1100, 2011)

Study of Chicana/o and/or U.S. Latina/o literature from late nineteenth century to present, and its historical and cultural contexts. Particular attention given to themes of language, identity, land, immigration/migration, and spirituality.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This new course satisfies an English major requirement and adds to the selection of multicultural courses students may take. It contributes an underrepresented perspective to the body of American literature and addresses the literary, cultural and political concerns of the growing Chicana/o and Latina/o populations in the United States. The course focuses on literary writings from multiple genres including poetry, fiction, autobiography, drama, and creative nonfiction, and also may include interpretation of related artistic forms such as corridos (ballads) and visual art to increase awareness of how the expression of cultural practices and the social-political concerns intertwine.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:


Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Debra Blake

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):


Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

To build on students’ interpretive reading and writing skills introduced in the prerequisite English major courses including textual analysis and the development of original ideas in writing; to create or increase awareness of a distinct body of literature by Chicana/o and Latina/o authors, the historical context that informs the literature, and the diversity of cultural expressions and political concerns represented by various writers; to enhance research and oral presentation skills.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Students will write several extended essays throughout the semester analyzing the literary texts and cultural, political, and historical contexts. Students will research assigned topics and present the information in a formal presentation to the class.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:

This is a specialized course for advanced English majors. Faculty will offer, when feasible, 1000 level variable topics courses in U.S. Latina/o literature for non-majors.

VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.



Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)

Provisional Approval Process:

If time does not allow for the regular approval procedures to be completed before the course is to be taught, or if a course will be taught only once, "provisional approval" can be secured for a one-time offering of the course. For provisional approval, curricular change forms must go through the following process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division Chair, approving for one-time offering, sends proposal to #3




Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with concurrence of the Division Chairs, approves the course for a one-time offering