2014-2015

Course Listings

Latin American Studies

LAS 379 Latinos in U.S. Politics (1)

This course looks at the role of Latino national origin groups in shaping state and national politics in the United States. It examines the political history, voting behavior, and non-electoral political mobilization of the three largest Latino groups in the United States -- Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban, and questions the degree to which it is useful to conceive of a single Latino politics and Latino community. The course also focuses on specific public policies of concern to Latinos, and it pays particular attention to the transnational hemispheric processes that link U.S. Latinos to their countries of origin. Not open to freshmen.

  • Prerequisite: One POLI 100 or 200 level course, or one 200 level LAS course or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Staff

LAS 380 (CA) Latin American Cinema (1)

[Crosslisted with SPAN 380]

This course examines films, features and documentaries, by and about Latin Americans. It focuses on the political, economic, social, and aesthetic tensions that characterize the region and contextualize cinematic production. It explores the constitution of Latin American cultural identity through film. Conducted in English. Students wishing to receive credit in Spanish must produce all written work in this language.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Varas

LAS 497W Senior Thesis in Latin American Studies (1)

In the Senior Thesis, students are expected to integrate various components of the major program in the analysis of a topic of special interest. Topics must be proposed to and approved by the Latin American Studies faculty. The thesis will normally be written in English, but the incorporation of documentation and references in Spanish will be required. Also, a multi-page précis of the thesis in Spanish must accompany the thesis. The thesis is presented to a faculty examination committee upon its completion.

  • General Studies Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: Senior standing in Latin American Studies
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

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