Courses

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  • Topics courses with content related to Latin American Studies are occasionally available in the following departments and can be used to fulfill minor requirements: History, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies. 

Conversation & Composition Language Courses

PORT 2160: Intermediate Portuguese

Review of grammar through Brazilian culture. Designed for students who have taken either PORT 1200 or PORT 4070 and wish to continue studying the language.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Grade of C-or better in PORT 1200 or equivalent

PORT 3160 Advanced Portuguese Composition and Conversation

Development of more sophisticated skills of written and oral expression.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in PORT 2160

PORT 3260: Cinema for Portuguese Conversation

This course is for intermediate and advanced students of Portuguese and uses film as the basis for teaching vocabulary, strengthening oral and written skills, and presenting Brazilian culture. Graded on A-F basis only,
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: grade of C- or better in PORT 2160 or equivalent

PORT 4070: Intensive Beginning Portuguese

Masterpieces of Brazilian literature in translation from its origins to present.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

SPAN 2160: Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation

First course following required elementary sequence. Designed specifically to correct any remaining weaknesses in gross writing skills and to develop further conversational ability with equal emphasis on both of these aspects. Classwork involves written compositions and oral presentations.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2100 or equivalent

SPAN 3150: Advanced Spanish Conversation

Course puts into practice the linguistic skills learned at intermediate levels. It develops and increases the capacity for comprehension and oral expression in the language. Focus is on practice of certain syntactic structures and idiomatic expressions, and on acquisition of new vocabulary.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent

SPAN 3160: Advanced Spanish Composition

Course emphasizes writing at an advanced level, with a certain degree of sophistication about varied subjects and using different techniques of composition. Classwork consists mainly of the discussion of both the ideas and techniques used in different textual forms.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent

SPAN 3170: Conversational Spanish Practice

Study Abroad Conversational Spanish course for students who have already completed SPAN 3150, but want more practice. Does not count for majors/minors. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3150 and instructor's consent

SPAN 3280: Commercial Spanish

Business terminology and forms. Translate and compose business letters and documents for advertising and promotion, trade and commerce, imports and exports, money and banking.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent

SPAN 3420: Introduction to Hispanic Literature I

Selected prose fiction and nonfiction prose of Spain and Spanish America.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3160 or equivalent

SPAN 3430: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II

Selected plays and poetry of Spain and Spanish America.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3160 or equivalent

SPAN 3170: Conversational Spanish Practice

Study Abroad Conversational Spanish course for students who have already completed SPAN 3150, but want more practice. Does not count for majors/minors. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3150 and instructor's consent

SPAN 3280: Commercial Spanish

Business terminology and forms. Translate and compose business letters and documents for advertising and promotion, trade and commerce, imports and exports, money and banking.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent

SPAN 3420: Introduction to Hispanic Literature I

Selected prose fiction and nonfiction prose of Spain and Spanish America.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3160 or equivalent

SPAN 3430: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II

Selected plays and poetry of Spain and Spanish America.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3160 or equivalent

SPAN 3710: Survey of Minority and Creole Languages of the U.S. and the Caribbean

(same as FRENCH 3710 and LINGST 3710). Analysis of the state of the minority languages of the U.S. and the Creole languages of the Caribbean with particular attention to the social status of these languages and speakers' attitudes toward them in the context of ethnic, culture and national identity (taught in English).
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

SPAN 3721: Spanish Phonetics

(same as LINGST 3721). Introductory course to the study of Spanish phonological, phonetic and spelling systems, practice of pronunciation, phonetic transcriptions, and introduction to the variation of Spanish pronunciation in the Hispanic world. The course is conducted in Spanish.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent

SPAN 4070: Intensive Beginning Spanish

Designed for rapid acquisition of a reading knowledge of Spanish. Cannot be taken to fulfill undergraduate language requirement.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent

SPAN 4120: Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

(same as FRENCH 4120). Theory and techniques of current foreign language methodology and their application in the classroom. Presentation of instructional projects, classroom observations, and strategies for classroom management. May not be used towards Arts and Science major.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: departmental consent

SPAN 4130: Stylistics

Advanced composition class. Discussion of complex grammatical structures necessary for formal writing. Examination of stylistic devices and structures beyond sentence level, in order to learn to organize discourse level production.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent
Recommended: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4410: Spanish Medieval Literature

The principal periods, schools, and genres of Spanish medieval literature are surveyed through representative masterworks. Lectures and periodic student reports help relate works read to the rest of contemporary Spanish and European literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4420: Golden Age Poetry

Poetry of the principal Spanish poets of the 16th and 17th centuries and of literary criticism devoted to it. Special emphasis is placed on the works of Garcilaso de la Vega, Fray Luis de Leon, among others. Short papers and explications are generally required.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4421: Renaissance and Golden Age Prose

Representative prose works from various genres are read as well as literary criticism devoted to them. Among the authors studied are Fernando de Rojas, Jorje Montemayor, Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco de Quevedo, and Maria de Zayas.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4422: Spanish Theatre in the Golden Age

Dramatists to be studied include Lope de Vega, Calderon, Ruiz de Alarcon, Tirso de Molina, Guillen de Castro, Velez de Guevara, and some of Cervantes' theatre.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4423: Don Quijote

In this course students read the two parts of Don Quijote in the original Spanish. Analysis and class discussion highlight elements of literary interest. Neo-positivist methodology, factual background, formalist considerations and psychoanalytic approaches are used in this course.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4441: Twentieth-Century Spanish Novel

(cross-leveled with SPAN 7441). Reading and critical analysis of representative novels written in Spain from early century to the post-Franco period. The objectives of the course are to develop critical skills in dealing with these fictional works and to understand the major trends of the contemporary Spanish novel.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4442: Advanced Contemporary Culture of Spain

(cross-listed with SPAN 7442). Study of Spanish culture and civilization through field trips, excursions, and selected readings in history, literature, and contemporary print media.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3150, SPAN 3160, SPAN 3721 or equivalent. Open only to participants in the UMC's summer study in Spain

SPAN 4450: Hispanic Literature of Resistance

A study of the literature of commitment in the Hispanic world: literature in its historical and political contexts that makes a conscious effort to change social conditions.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4460: Advanced Contemporary Culture of Spanish America

(cross-listed with SPAN 7460). A study of Spanish-American culture and civilization through selected readings in history and literature, and the use of visual media. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160

SPAN 4461: Advanced Spanish Civilization

(cross-listed with SPAN 7461). A survey of Spanish culture and Spanish history from the Middle Ages to the present with special emphasis on contemporary culture. Students will be provided with knowledge of chronology, geography and contemporary issues from readings of journals, novels and Internet news.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3150 and SPAN 3160

SPAN 4470: Survey of Spanish American Literature I

This is an introductory course in Spanish American literature. The reading material in prose and verse is studied in chronological order from the early 16th to the early 20th century. Readings include selections from 22 major Spanish American authors.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4471: Survey of Spanish American Literature II

Survey of contemporary Latin American literature from approximately 1910 to the present. Close analysis and reading of representative major texts of Latin American literature. Students read complete selections and short excerpts from a standard anthology, and three complete novels.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4480: Mexican Literature

Analysis of selected poetry, prose, and drama of contemporary Mexico. Course examines the writings of major and minor figures from several critical perspectives. Works by Agustin, Aviles, Fabila, Carballido, Castellanos, Fuentes, Paz, and others are read.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4490: Hispanic Oral Traditions

This course proposes to examine the Hispanic Oral Tradition through a study of romances and related genres, the corrido, decima and folktale.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4520: Modernista and Contemporary Poetry

Careful study and analysis of selected poems by major figures in Hispanic poetry. The period covered includes the modernist movement to the present. Particular attention is given to the following figures: Ruben Dario, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, and Nicolas Guillen.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4530: The Spanish American Theatre

Intended as an overview of a vital genre in contemporary Spanish American studies, this survey introduces dramatists whose works are the focus of increasing attention from international specialists. The works of Emilio Carballido, Egon Wolff, Griselda Gambaro and Osvald Dragun, among others are discussed.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4540: Afro-Hispanic Literature

A study of prose, poetry, and drama, in Spanish, written by authors of African descent in the Americas.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4550: Nobel Laureates in Spanish American Literature

Analyzes the creative expression of five Nobel laureates from Spanish America. Selected works of Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, Octavio Paz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are read in relation to contemporary theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4711: History of the Spanish Language

(same as LINGST 4711). Diachronic analysis of phonological, morphological, and syntactical systems of Spanish, from Vulgar Latin to contemporary dialects.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Completion with a passing grade of any Linguistics course at the 3000 level or above or instructor's consent
Recommended: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

SPAN 4721: Structure of Modern Spanish

(same as LINGST 4721). Synchronic analysis of phonology, morphology and syntax of spoken Spanish dialects.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: four 3000-level courses in Spanish

SPAN 4722 Spanish Across the Continents

(same as LINGST 4722). This course focuses on the effects of migratory movements on language change, considering the Spanish spoken in Latin America, Puerto Rico, Spain and the USA. The class sharpens awareness and recognition of the linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking regions of the world. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: four 3000-level courses in Spanish

SPAN 4723 Language and Society: Spanish in the U.S.

(same as LINGST 4723). This class surveys linguistic and social issues pertaining to Spanish in the U.S. (past, present and future). Topics include bilingualism, code switching (a.k.a. Spanglish), first language attrition, linguistic identity, and the role of Spanish in education, services and media. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: four 3000-level courses in Spanish

Courses Taught in English

ANTHRO 3650 Aztec, Maya, and Inca Civilization

Origin of native Americans and development of American civilizations emphasizing Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas; rise of these civilizations known from archaeology, early European and early native American accounts, and the condition of the descendants today.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

ANTHRO 3660 Peoples of the Andes

Archaeological and linguistic prehistory set the stage for the clash of Iberian and indigenous peoples whose descendants make up the Andean countries. Ethnographic studies provides a basis for their understanding.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

ANTHRO 4640 Prehistory of the Greater Southwest

The course will introduce students to the archaeology of aboriginal peoples of the American Southwest and northwestern Mexico. The emphasis will be on prehistoric culture development from the Paleoindians to the arrival of the Spanish. Ethnographic and modern peoples will be discussed as well.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ANTHRO 2020 or ANTHRO 2021

ANTHRO 4650 Prehistory of Mesoamerica

Archaeology and prehistory of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Northern Central America). Emphasis on archaeological evidence for development of human societies from late Pleistocene hunting bands to complex agricultural civilizations encountered by Europeans in 1500s.
Credit Hours: 3

ANTHRO 4670 Archaeology of South America

Development of culture in South America from the Pleistocene to European contact.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ANTHRO 2020 or ANTHRO 2021, or junior or senior standing

ANTHRO 4680 Cultures and Peoples of the Amazon

Ethnographic survey of indigenous Amazonian cultures.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Junior standing required

FILM_S 3875 Brazilian Cinema

(same as PORT 3875). An introduction to Brazilian cinema, culture, and society through the study of contemporary cinematic productions. Topics include: Hollywood perceptions of Brazil; redefinition of national identity and history, representations of race and gender.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000

FILM_S 4963 Latin American Cinema (in Spanish) (same as SPAN 4960)
(same as SPAN 4960). Subject varies according to instructor.
Credit Hour: 2-3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

GEOG 2340 South America

Physical environment and culture in the regional development of South America.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: one course in Geography or instructor's consent

GEOG 3140 Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

Physical environment and culture in the regional development of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: one course in Geography or instructor's consent

GEOG 3496 Digital Indigenous Studies

(same as PEA_ST 3496). This course introduces students to Indigenous studies in a digital world. The course begins with study of Indigenous sovereignty and representation, and moves quickly to critical and theoretical readings in new media, tracing both the historical impact of digital technologies (such as GIS) on Native communities, and the ways that both urban and rural Native communities have engaged in innovative digital projects that expand the way we understand information and storytelling in digital environments. The course materials will cover a wide range of platforms and audio-visual genres, from documentary, community video, and animation productions, to GIS, video games, and social media sites. Students will engage with both scholars and artists working with new media through a program of public lectures, classroom visits, and Skype interviews. All interview will be archived as podcasts from the course website. Students will write weekly short response papers and produce independent audio-visual projects over the course of the semester, with opportunities to revise their work leading up to substantial final projects. The course will also integrate community outreach into the curriculum through online participation of students from the Kiowa Kids, an Indigenous language immersion and storytelling program.
Credit Hours: 3

GEOG 4560 Resources and Indigenous Peoples

This is a survey of indigenous peoples' struggle to control and use natural resources, to have a say in determining the path of economic development, and to restrain the destructive tendencies of colonialism and capitalism, challenging traditional state-to-state relations.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Junior standing required

GEOG 4770 Migration and Immigration

Explores demographic, economic, and social issues surrounding immigration and migration. The course focuses on the global labor migration system, immigration to the United States, and internal migration within the US, as well as the linkages between these systems.
Credit Hours: 3

HIST 1840 Colonial Latin America

Survey of Latin America, 1492-1825; Exploration and conquest; European settlement; colonial government and institutions; economy and society; cultural and intellectual life, independence movements.
Credit Hours: 3

HIST 1850 Latin America since Independence

Political, social and economic developments; nationalism; revolutionary movements; U.S. influence.
Credit Hours: 3

HIST 3860 History of Mexico

Survey of Mexican history from Cortes to present day.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: May be restricted to History majors only during preregistration

HIST 3870 Social Revolution in Latin America

(same as PEA_ST 3870 and SOCIOL 3870). Twentieth century social revolutions in selected Latin American countries.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: May be restricted to History majors only during preregistration

LINGST 3721 Spanish Phonetics

(same as SPAN 3721). Introductory course to the study of Spanish phonological, phonetic and spelling systems, practice of pronunciation, phonetic transcriptions, and introduction to the variation of Spanish pronunciation in the Hispanic world. The course is conducted in Spanish.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 2160 or equivalent

LINGST 4711 History of the Spanish Language

(same as SPAN 4711). Diachronic analysis of phonological morphological, and syntactical systems of Spanish, from Vulgar Latin to contemporary dialects.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Completed with passing grade any Linguistics course 3000 or above or by consent of instructor
Recommended: SPAN 3420 and SPAN 3430

LINGST 4721 Structure of Modern Spanish

(same as SPAN 4721). Synchronic analysis of phonology morphology and syntax of spoken Spanish dialects.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: four 3000-level courses in Spanish

LINGST 4722 Spanish Across the Continents

(same as SPAN 4722). This course focuses on the effects of migratory movements on language change, considering the Spanish spoken in Latin America, Puerto Rico, Spain and the USA. The class sharpens awareness and recognition of the linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking regions of the world. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: four 3000-level courses in Spanish

LINGST 4723 Language and Society: Spanish in the U.S.

(same as SPAN 4723). This class surveys linguistic and social issues pertaining to Spanish in the U.S. (past, present and future). Topics include bilingualism, code switching (a.k.a. Spanglish), first language attrition, linguistic identity, and the role of Spanish in Education, services and media. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: four 3000-level courses in Spanish

PEA_ST 2280 Race, Democracy, and Violence in Cuba and Haiti

(same as SOCIOL 2280). A sociological approach to understand race/ethnicity, identity, citizenship, human rights, violence, and political and economic systems in the Caribbean. Comparisons of the culture, politics, and historical trajectories of Cuba and Haiti using Post-Colonial and Feminist theories. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3

PEA_ST 3870 Social Revolution in Latin America

(same as HIST 3870 and SOCIOL 3870).Twentieth century social revolutions in selected Latin American countries.
Credit Hours: 3

POL_SC 2700 Comparative Political Systems

Analysis of major political systems selected from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, emphasizing basic concepts of comparative political study.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: POL_SC 1100

POL_SC 4600 Latin American Politics

Development, present status of political institutions in South America; emphasizes current political problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: POL_SC 1100 and junior standing

POL_SC 4605 Latin American Politics through Film

This course provides an introduction to Latin American politics using the medium of film to illustrate the complexities of political development, regime change, revolutionary movements, and problems facing new democracies such as crime, poverty, drugs, and democratic stability.
Credit Hours: 3

PORT 2310 Brazilian Civilization

Survey of Brazilian history, arts and culture. Open to any student interested. No knowledge of Portuguese required.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

PORT 3260: Cinema for Portuguese Conversation

This course is for intermediate and advanced students of Portuguese and uses film as the basis for teaching vocabulary, strengthening oral and written skills, and presenting Brazilian culture. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: grade of C- or better in PORT 2160 or equivalent

PORT 3420 Survey of Brazilian Literature

Masterpieces of Brazilian literature in translation from its origins to present.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

PORT 3875 Brazilian Cinema

(same as FILM_S 3875). An introduction to Brazilian cinema, culture and society through the study of contemporary cinematic productions. Topics include: Hollywood perceptions of Brazil; re-definitions of national identity and history, representations of race and gender.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000

REL_ST 2620 History of Christianity, 1500-Present

(same as HIST 2620). History of Christian practices and teachings from the 15th - 21st centuries, including global dimensions of Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and other forms of Christianity. Themes such as right teaching and practice, indigenous-Christian contact, mission and expansion, impact of secular theories, contemporary debates.
Credit Hours: 3

REL_ST 3380 Native American Religions

(same as ANTHRO 3380). Investigation of religious lives of the native peoples of the Americas through cultural contact with modernity. Perspectives based on historical, anthropological and native texts.
Credit Hours: 3

REL_ST 4200 Survey of West African and African Diasporic Religions

Explores indigenous African religions and Islam in West Africa, as well as the development of African American Christianity and African diasporic religions in the Americas.
Credit Hours: 3

RM_LAN 2310 Literature of the African Diaspora

(same as BL_STU 2310). A postcolonial analysis of selected literary texts interpreting the African diaspora in the Americas. Exemplary texts from the Caribbean (English, French, Spanish), South America and the United States are discussed in comparative perspective. No knowledge of Spanish required.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000

SOCIOL 2280 Race, Democracy, and Violence in Cuba and Haiti

(same as PEA_ST 2280). A sociological approach to understand race/ethnicity, identity, citizenship, human rights, violence, and political and economic systems in the Caribbean. Comparisons of the culture, politics, and historical trajectories of Cuba and Haiti using Post-Colonial and Feminist theories. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3

WGST 2250 Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in the Americas

Introduction to the formation of identities in the Americas. Some areas covered are immigration, transnational identity, pop culture, literary expression, body image, spirituality, racism/sexism, assimilation, acculturation, and activism. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes.
Credit Hours: 3