Course Catalog**These course are listed in the 2006-2008 Bulletin. Additional courses are offered as crosslisted courses in various departments. Click here for latest schedule of Latino Studies classes.

L101 Introduction to Latino/a Studies

This course is intended to provide an introduction and overview on Latino issues. The course will begin with a brief overview of the histories of the major Latinos national origin groups in the United States. The bulk of the course will examine a number of topics and issues that are key to understanding contemporary Latinos; e.g., immigration, language, education, employment, etc. The third and briefest part of the course will build upon the previous sections by asking how the history and current status of Latinos might influence their near term future, under various assumptions. The goals of this course include the following: 1) helping its student develop an informed basis for talking and thinking about Latinos; 2) developing an awareness on how Latinos fit or don't fit into American society; and, 3) applying this knowledge to assess current issues and future possibilities. The course carries S&H and Cultural Studies credit.

L102 Introduction to Latino/a History

General inquiry into the historical and cultural heritage of Latina/os who have lived or are currently living in what is today the United States. Through readings and discussion of major texts, this course studies varied histories of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latin American peoples in the United States., with a special view toward convergence and congruencies along political and cultural lines. Students will develop an understanding of the impact and the roles played by Latino men and women in the formation and development of U.S. society. The course carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit.

L111 Trends in Latino Film

This course examines ‘Latino Cinema’ and its connections to particular historical, cultural, and political movements in the United States and Latin America. In the first section, we review and critique Latino/a representations in Hollywood films. We will focus on 1930s-1950s constructions of Latinos/as and the ways in which some early stereotypes are still reproduced in recently produced mainstream movies.  In the second section, we discuss the ‘origins’ and development of Latino video and film productions. In the last part of the course we will examine films directed, written, or produced by Latinos/as which were produced or co-produced by Hollywood studios. The main objective of this course is to understand the cultural, social, historical, and economic contexts that permeate representations of Latino identities in both Latino Cinema and Hollywood mainstream films.The course carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit.

L380 Latino Education Across the Americas: Patterns and Issues

As a significant and growing segment of contemporary U.S. society, Latino/Hispanic peoples demand and deserve educational opportunities commensurate with their own cultural traditions. This course is designed to provide students with critical knowledge about patterns and issues in Latino education. Challenging the conventional distinction between Latin American cultures and societies, and Latino cultures in the United States, the course examines major educational patterns and issues for Latinos. A major premise of the course is that to understand contemporary Latino educational challenges and conditions in the United States, we must look at the broader historical and cultural contexts in which Latino education occurs. The course carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit.

L301 Latino Immigrants and U.S. Society

Recognizing that the history of Latinos in the United States is very different from that of European immigrants, this course will examine Latino immigrants to the United States with a focus on the frequent conflict between these immigrants and various institutions and segments of U.S. society. One major section of this course will be devoted to comparing Mexican American, African American and Anglo American workers in the rural south and the urban north. Another section will examine how well assimilation theory fits the Latino experience. The course carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit.

L302 Latinos in the Media

This course examines U.S. film and television constructions of Hispanics and the Latinos/as’ (i.e. Mexican-American/Chicano, Puerto Rican/Boricua, and Cuban-American) counter-hegemonic responses to mainstream stereotypical representations. We will explore the complex relationship between mainstream media constructions of Hispanics and the Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban migrations to the United States.A key element in our discussions will be the ethnic “transformations” of Hispanic stereotypes The course carries both S&H and Culture Studies credit.

L396 Seminar in Latino Studies (Varied Topics)

Topics in this seminar carry S&H and Culture Studies Credit
Perspectives on Latino Immigrants
Recent scholarship argues that many topics in Latin American and Latino Studies can best be understood in a transnational framework. In recognition of this, the Latino Studies Program and the Latin American Studies Program offer a new seminar to focus on identifying and exploring the promising areas for transnational research. Students from this class will have priority consideration for travel grants to take courses and/or do research on this topic at partner institutions in Mexico or Canada.  Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussion, to make class presentations and to complete a research paper. (See LTAM 526 entry for further information.)

History of Latinos in U.S. Education

The course will probe the educational experiences of minorities in the United States and its territories since the early 1800s. Focus will be on how those experiences were shaped by competing forces, ideologies and contexts, such as imperialism, slavery, racial ideologies, changing notions of citizenship, immigration and debates over bi-lingual education.

Latino Immigration from the Caribbean and Mexico

This course compares and contrasts trends in United States Immigration from Hispanic Caribbean and Mexico between the 1840s through the 1990s. We will explore the social, political and economic factors that prompted immigration, and we will study the life choices figured into it. In particular, we will probe and discuss the forces that shaped immigrants' lives, both in their native lands and in the United States. Emphasis will be given to Cuban Dominican and Puerto Rican communities in the United States and their political and cultural expression.

L490 Individual Readings in Latino Studies

In this course, Latino Studies students arrange with a faculty member for a tutorial on a topic in Latino Studies. Ordinariliy, faculty members are willing to conduct an independent reading project with a student whom they know from a previous course, and on a topic within their field of expertise. If a student has a project in mind, but no idea about appropriate teachers, she or he can ask the Director of Latino Studies to recommend names of possible instructors. In undertaking LATS L490, the student and teacher usually agree on a sequence of readings, a schedule of meetings, and on written assignments.

L354 Latino/American Fiction

L374 Ethnic American Literature: Introduction to Chicano Literature

L384 The Power of Place: Latino Migration Culture and the Spatial Imagination


S335 Race and Ethnic Relations: Spanish and Portuguese Literature and Culture

S220 Chicano-Puerto Rican Literature (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA

S260 Introduction to Hispanic Film (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA

S413 Hispanic Culture in the U.S. (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA

S471-S472 Spanish-American Literature I-II (3-3 cr.) AHLA