Latin American Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 120 Afro-Latin America (= LAS 120)
AFR 230 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= LAS 230, HIS 360)
AFR 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=LAS 300)
ANT 205 Ethnic Relations
ANT 208 Early Cities and States
ANT 227 Environment and Culture in Latin America
ANT 251 Mesoamerican Civilizations
ANT 253 Latin American Society and Culture Today
ANT 321 Borderlands, Identity, and Rights
ANT 323 Human Rights in Latin America
ANT 327 Religious Pluralism in Twenty-first Century Latin America
ANT 341 Globalization
ANT 354 Art and Writing of the Ancient Maya
ANT 356 Art, Myth, and History of Ancient Central Mexico
ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
ECO 234 Latin American Economic Development
EDU 350 Latino(a) Education in the United States
HIS 162 Latin America to 1825
HIS 163 Latin America, 1825 to Present
HIS 264 The Digital Mexican Revolution
HIS 359 Latinos in the United States
HIS 360 History of the Caribbean (=AFR 230 and LAS 230)
HIS 362 The Cuban Revolution (= AFR 235 and LAS 235)
HIS 364 Gender and History in Latin America
HIS 465 Colonialism and Imagination in Early Latin America
HIS 466 Migrations and Immigration in Latin America
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

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 235 The 1959 Cuban Revolution (= AFR 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 or minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

 

LAS 284 Latinxs and Environment (=ENV 284)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Peacock

Latinxs and Environment (Cross-listed with ENV 284)

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: Historical Narratives & Cultural Representations (= SPA 342)
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 and/or SPA 270

Instructors
Maiz-Peña and Mangan

This course will study the Latin American city through histrocial 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 prehispanic city, the modern city and the contemporary Latin American city,  as well as US cities with a strong Latino influence.
(Taught in Spanish.) 

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

LAS 360 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= AFR 360, = 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 requirement in the Latin American Studies major and minor
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement
Satisfies a cultural diversity distribution requirement

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.

LAS 499 Honors Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Honors Independent Study

MUS 241 Music of Latin America
MUS 246 Music of Brazil
POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science
POL 293 Politics of the Americas
POL 344 Politics and Economics of Brazil (= LAS 220)
POL 347 Politics of Development
POL 353 The Latin American Political Novel
POL 354 Political Economy of the Southern Cone (=LAS 222)
POL 360 International Political Economy
POL 361 U.S.-Latin American Relations
SPA 241 Latin American Literature in Translation
SPA 244 U.S. Latino Literature in English
SPA 270 Textual Analysis
SPA 340 Latin American Literature I
SPA 341 Latin American Literature II
SPA 342 The Latin American City: Historical Narratives & Cultural Representations (= LAS 342)
SPA 343 Contemporary Latin American Novel
SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
SPA 346 Latin American Theatre
SPA 347 Imperial Cities
SPA 352 Contemporary Latin American Cinema
SPA 358 "Writing the Amerindian Americas"
SPA 359 Contemporary Latin American /Latino Short Story
SPA 374 Caribbean Peoples, Ideas, and Arts
SPA 375 Latin American Women Writers
SPA 401 U.S.- Mex Border Cultures
SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities
SPA 405 Law, Letters, and Empire
SPA 406 Life-writing, Gender, Performativity