B.A. in Latin American Studies

Courses

LTAM 1100. Introduction to Latin America . (3) (O) An introductory, interdisciplinary survey of the field of Latin American Studies. Course will focus on the culture, economy, geography, history, politics, and society of Latin America , as well as on the diverse ways in which scholars have studied the region. ( Fall, Spring)

LTAM 2000. Topics in Latin American Studies (3) Analysis of a selected topic related to Latin American Studies. The particular topic of the course may vary from semester to semester. A student may repeat the course for credit as topics vary. ( On demand)

LTAM 2116. Contemporary Latin America . (3) Crosslisted as ANTH 2116. Prerequisite: None. A survey of the people and cultures of Mexico , Central America, South America, and the Caribbean . Areas of investigation include religion, race, ethnicity, gender, kinship, social inequality, and economic development. (Alternate years)

LTAM 2206. Colonial Latin America . (3) Crosslisted as HIST 2206. A survey of major political, economic, and cultural developments from earliest times to 1826. (Yearly )

LTAM 2207. Modern Latin America . (3) Crosslisted as HIST 2207. A survey of Latin American history from 1826 to the present with emphasis on the economy and society. Special attention to twentieth-century revolutions and the role of the United States in Latin America . ( Yearly )

LTAM 2252. New World Archaeology. (3) Crosslisted as ANTH 2152. Prehistory of North America; Paleoindians, Eastern United States, Southwest, Mexico ; archeological methods and theory. ( Spring )

LTAM 3000. Advanced Topics in Latin American Studies. (3) Analysis of a selected topic related to Latin American Studies. The particular topic of the course may vary from semester to semester. A student may repeat the course for credit as topics vary. (On demand)

LTAM 3003. Advanced Topics in Latin American Studies. (3) This course examines 20th century literatures written in English in the U.S. by Latino/a writers, and is designed to introduce students to the variety of texts and contexts which shape contemporary U.S. Latino literary experiences. The course consists of 4 units, each focusing on literature written by a prominent Latino group: Mexican-American, Puerto-Rican, Cuban-American, and Dominican-American, and within each we will look at one or more important writer of that group. We will read the texts for their literary and aesthetic value, and take into account the particular historical terms and conditions of their literary production. Some of the central questions of the course are: How do Latino/a writers narrate their particular experience of ethnicity? How are issues of immigration and assimilation grounded in the texts? How are history, memory, and exile represented in Latino/a texts? And finally, how do Latino/a writers figure and position their bodies, in terms of race and ethnicity? (On demand)

LTAM 3110. Black Families in the Diaspora. (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 3210 and SOCY 3210. This course is designed to acquaint students with historical and contemporary experiences of peoples of African descent in the Caribbean and Latin American countries with specific emphasis on family structure and family relationships. Includes discussion of theories, history, impact of globalization on family structure, roles of women and identity, socioeconomic status and mobility, slavery, colonialism, and capitalism. The course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the comparative relationships and links between family structures and common life experiences among peoples of African descent in different parts of the world, with specific emphasis on the Caribbean and Latin American regions. (On demand)

LTAM 3129. Cultural Dimension of Doing Business with Spanish-Speaking Countries (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 3029. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or 1103. Development of cultural awareness for conducting business with Spanish-speaking countries and U.S. Hispanic communities. Course conducted in English. (On demand)

LTAM 3144. Latin American Politics. (3) Crosslisted as POLS 3144. Comparative overview of political and socio-economic change in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. Primary emphasis on Latin American politics in the twentieth century, competing political ideologies, socio-economic issues, international political economy, and internal political change. (Yearly)

LTAM 3154. Political Economy of Latin America . (3) Crosslisted as POLS 3155. Intersections of politics and economics in Latin America , focusing on the efforts to foster economic development in the region. Emphasis on post-World War II era. Includes issues such as debt management, dependency theory, impact of free market theories, and the power of labor movements. (Yearly)

LTAM 3164. U.S.-Latin American Relations. (3) Crosslisted as POLS 3164. Addresses the always-complicated and often-conflictive relationship between Latin American and the United States . Particular attention to critical contemporary issues such as the drug trade, immigration, international trade, humanitarian aid and U.S. policy toward Cuba . (Yearly)

LTAM 3190. The Political Economy of the Caribbean . (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 3190. An examination of the manifestations of Caribbean economic problems and policies and Caribbean political development from the post-war period to the present. ( Fall )

LTAM 3220. The Caribbean from Slavery to Independence . (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 3220 and HIST 3180. Covering the sweep of history from European/indigenous contact, through the construction of a plantation regime based on African slave labor, and up to the present day, this class explores the spread of colonialism, the dynamics of slavery, and the tumult of abolition and national independence movements. The Caribbean Sea will be examined as a region, emphasizing the ties uniting the islands and the circum-Caribbean coasts. The region's past – including empire and imperial conflict, racial oppression and interaction, and international contact – and its legacies will be discussed in relation to political economics, race, and contemporary culture. (On demand)

LTAM 3255.  Ancient Latin America .  (3) Crosslisted as ANTH 3155.   Archeology and ethnohistory of the Aztecs, Maya, Inca, and their predecessors; includes an investigation of prehistoric urbanism, the rise and fall of complex societies, and the application of archaeological methods to complex societies.  (Yearly)

LTAM 3260. Slavery, Racism and Colonialism in the African Diaspora. (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 3260 and HIST 3190. This course is designed to explore how race and racism, slavery, and colonialism served as principal institutions and constructs shaping the experience between Africa and the emerging African Diaspora in the New World . Students will consider how the maintenance of Western social, economic, and political superiority materialized as functions of these three important historical developments. (On demand)

LTAM 3270. Afro-Latin American History. (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 3270 and HIST 3181. This course explores the African Diaspora in Latin America ranging from the Caribbean Sea to the Rio de la Plata . From slavery, to fighting for freedom in the Spanish-American Wars of Independence, to forging new notions of citizenship in twentieth century Brazil , African-descended peoples have an important place in Latin America 's historical past. According special attention to regions with concentrated populations of African-descended peoples, this course reveals the vibrant history of Afro-Latin America. (On demand)

LTAM 3274. Resistance and Adaptation: Indian Peoples Under Spanish Rule. (3) Crosslisted as HIST 3174. A historical survey of the interactions of indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere with Spanish colonial authorities from the conquest era to 1825. The course focuses on the indigenous peoples of Mexico , Peru , Chile , and Argentina . (Alternate years

LTAM 3275. Reform, Riots, and Rebellions in Colonial Spanish America , 1692-1825. (3) Crosslisted as HIST 3175. This course examines the economic, political, and cultural origins of violent conflict in colonial Latin America , culminating with an analysis of the revolutions for independence. (Alternate years

LTAM 3276. History of Mexico . (3) Crosslisted as HIST 3176. A survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the Spanish conquest, the colonial economy, the independence period, the revolution, and relations with the United States . ( Alternate years )

LTAM 3277. The Cuban Revolution. (3) Crosslisted as HIST 3177. An examination of the economic and political forces that led to the Cuban revolution. Significant background material from the 19th and early 20th centuries will be presented in addition to an analysis of the revolution and post-revolutionary events. ( Alternate years )  

LTAM 3278. History of Brazil . (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 3278 and HIST 3178. A study of Brazilian history since 1500, with an emphasis on social and economic history. The course emphasizes slavery and race relations, the emergence of export economics, rural protest movements, the effects of urbanization and industrialization, and the rise and fall of the military dictatorship. Meets non-Western requirement. (Alternate years)

LTAM 3279. Authoritarianism in Latin America . (3) Crosslisted as HIST 3179. A study of authoritarian rule and resistance thereto in one or more selected Latin American countries, including but not limited to Argentina , Brazil , and Chile . May be repeated for credit as topics vary. ( Alternate years)

LTAM 3300.  Maya Art.  (3) Crosslisted as ARTH 3317. Survey of the cultures, artistic production and architecture of the Maya from c. 250 to 800 C. E.  Readings and discussions focus on Maya rulership and social structure.  (Spring) (Alternate years)

LTAM 3301. Mexica (Aztec) Art.  (3) Crosslisted as ARTH 3318. Survey of the cultures, artistic production and architecture of the Central Mexico region from c. 1300 to the period of European invasion in the 16 th century.  Readings and discussions focus on artistic traditions, daily life, and political structures.  (Fall)

LTAM 3302.  Andean Art.  (3) Crosslisted as ARTH 3319. Survey of the cultures, artistic production and architecture of the Andean region to the period of European invasion in 1532.  Readings and discussions focus on artistic traditions, cosmology, and political structures.  (Spring) (Alternate years )

LTAM 3309. Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature in English Translation. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 3009 if course is on Latin America topic. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and ENGL 1102. Advanced studies of Spanish or Spanish-American literature in English translation. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Course conducted in English.

LTAM 3310. Spanish American Civilization and Culture. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 3210. Prerequisite: SPAN 2202 or permission of Department. Introduction to the cultural heritage of Spanish America . ( Alternate semesters )

LTAM 3312. Introduction to Spanish American Literature. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 3212. Prerequisite: SPAN 2202 or permission of the Department. Introduction to Spanish American literature from the 16th century through the contemporary period. (Spring)

LTAM 3313. Pre-Columbian Art. (3) Crosslisted as ARTH 3112. Survey of the arts and architecture of the Americas before European contact in the 16th century. Special emphasis on the interactions of religion, social systems, and the arts as well as identification of ethnic styles of art. Discussions of readings, lectures, slides and video tapes. Essay exams. (Fall) (Alternate years)

LTAM 3319 . Hispanic Women Writers in English Translation. (3) (W) Crosslisted as SPAN 3019. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and ENGL 1102. Examination of prose and poetry by women writers from Spain and the Americas to understand women's voices and other cultures. Conducted in English. Knowledge of Spanish not required. ( On demand)

LTAM 3360. Studies in Hispanic Film (3). Crosslisted as SPAN 3160 if course is on the Latin American topic. The study of Spanish, Spanish American and/or Hispanic/Latino films. Course conducted in English. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. ( Yearly )

LTAM 3400. Latin American Studies Internship. (1-3) Prerequisite: permission of the coordinator. Practical experience and/or training related to Latin American studies. A minimum of 45 hours per credit. ( On demand )

LTAM 3800. Independent Study. (1-3) Supervised investigation of an issue related to Latin American Studies that is of special interest to the student and that is not covered in existing or available courses. ( On demand )

LTAM 4116. Culture and Conflict in the Amazon (3). Crosslisted as ANTH 4116. This course examines the development strategies Brazil has used in the Amazon and explores how these policies have affected both the environment and the various populations living in the Amazon. Topics covered include environmental degradation, human rights abuses, culture change, migration, and globalization. ( On demand )

LTAM 4120. Advanced Business Spanish I. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4120. Prerequisites: SPAN 2210, 3201 and an additional 3000- or 4000 level course (3202 recommended), or permission of the Department. Advanced studies in Business Spanish, intensive practice in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and translation in functional business areas such as economics, management, and marketing. (Fall)

LTAM 4121. Advanced Business Spanish II. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4121. Prerequisites: SPAN 2210, 3201 and an additional 3000- or 4000 level course (3202 recommended), or permission of the Department. Advanced studies in Business Spanish, intensive practice in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and translation in functional business areas such as marketing, finance, and import-export. (Spring)

LTAM 4302. Caribbean Literature in English. (3) Crosslisted as AFRS 4102. Prerequisite: junior standing and at least one course in AFRS for AFRS majors. Topics include: loneliness, quest for identity, nationalism, protest, and the use of patois. (On demand)

LTAM 4310. Studies in Spanish American Poetry. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4210. Prerequisites: two 3000 level courses or permission of the Department. Studies of 19th- and 20th-century Spanish American poetry. (Alternate years )

LTAM 4311. Studies in Spanish American Prose Fiction. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4211. Prerequisites: two 3000 level courses or permission of the Department. Studies of 19th- and 20th-century Spanish American prose fiction. (Alternate years )

LTAM 4312. Studies in Spanish American Theater. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4212. Prerequisites: two 3000 level courses or permission of the Department. Studies of 20th-century Spanish American theater. ( On demand )

LTAM 4314.  Studies in Hispanic Children's Literature.  (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4214. Prerequisite:  SPAN 3211 or 3212 or permission of the Department.  Literary works in Spanish written for children.  (On demand)

LTAM 4315.  Studies in Regional Literature of the Americas .  (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4215. Prerequisite:  SPAN 3211 or 3212 or permission of the Department.  Studies of Mexican, Central American, Caribbean , Andean, Amazonian, or Southern Cone literature.  Readings from representative works.  Works from non Spanish speaking areas read in Spanish translation.  May be repeated for credit if topics vary.  (On demand)

LTAM 4316.  Social, Political, Cultural, Economic Issues in Hispanic Literature.  (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4216. Prerequisite:  SPAN 3211 or 3212 or permission of the Department.  Contextual issues surrounding Hispanic literature.  (On demand)

LTAM 4317.  Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization.  (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4217. Prerequisite:  SPAN 3211 or 3212 or permission of the Department.  Various topics involving the fine arts:  music, dance, art, film.  May be repeated for credit if topic varies.  Applicable toward Spanish major or minor only when taught in Spanish.  (On demand)

LTAM 4318.  Cuban Literature.  (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4218. Prerequisite:  SPAN 3211 or 3212 or permission of the Department.  Cuban literary works in Spanish.  (On demand)

LTAM 4322.   Studies in Advanced Business Spanish.  (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4122. Prerequisite:  SPAN 3201 or 3202 or 3203 and SOAN 3220 or permission of the Department.  Advanced studies in special topics in Business Spanish (e.g., Tourism in Spain and Latin America, Free Trade in the Americas (NAFTA/TLCAN, Mercosur, The Andean Pact, CAFTA-DR), Socioeconomic Issues in the Greater Caribbean, Business and Technology in Latin America and Spain ).  (On demand)

LTAM 4350. Studies in Latin American Literature. (3) Crosslisted as SPAN 4050. Prerequisites: two 3000 level courses or permission of the Department. Study of a predetermined topic in Latin American literature. May be repeated for credit as topics vary ( On demand)

LTAM 4600. Seminar in Latin American Studies. (3) (W) Prerequisite: advanced junior or senior class status. A capstone seminar involving in-depth research and analysis of a topic of common interest to Latin American Studies majors, and the elaboration of a senior writing project. ( Spring)

LTAM 4700. Senior Honors Thesis. ( 3-6 ) Prerequisite: senior standing, an overall minimum GPA of 3.25, and permission of the Coordinator of Latin American Studies. The preparation and presentation of an acceptable honors thesis. ( On demand)