Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS)

LLS 1000  INTRODUCTION TO LATINO/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (3 credits)

Interdisciplinary introduction to all Latino Latin American Studies majors. Presents basic elements for studying Latin American cultures, society, economy, and polity. Special attention is paid to issues of race, gender, and class, to the changing situation of the Americas within the world economy, and to the efforts of Latin America's peoples and Latinos in the U.S. to take control of their own destinies.

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course and Social Science General Education course

LLS 1010  INTRO CHICANO-LATINO STUDIES:SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 credits)

The course introduces the students to key social, political, economic, and cultural issues related to the Latino experience in the U.S., and it utilizes conceptual, analytical, and methodological tools from the social sciences in order to promote their understanding.

Distribution: U.S. Diversity General Education course and Social Science General Education course

LLS 1020  INTRODUCTION TO CHICANO-LATINO STUDIES: HUMANITIES (3 credits)

The course introduces students to intellectual, artistic, literary, musical, and other cultural traditions and contributions of Chicanos Latinos in the U.S. and in their historical crossing of real and imaginary borders. The unique contributions of different racial, ethnic, gender, and other social groups within the Latino population are discussed.

Distribution: U.S. Diversity General Education course and Humanities and Fine Arts General Education course

LLS 2800  SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATINO/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: HUMANITIES (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary topical approach that explores various aspects of Latino/Latin American Studies. Selected topics will be suitable for examination from an inter- and multidisciplinary humanities perspective (literature, visual and performance arts, music, religion, history, philosophy). Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Course description will be announced in advance. Repeatable up to six credits if content differs.

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course and Humanities and Fine Arts General Education course

LLS 2900  SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATINO/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 credits)

he course introduces students to in-depth examinations of novel topics related to Latin American societies, U.S. Latinos and migrants. The courses draw from varying combinations of social sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, law, economics and international studies). Topics vary from term to term and examples include: Immigration Laws and Latinos across the Americas, Violence and human security in Central America. Repeatable up to nine credits if content differs

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course and Social Science General Education course

LLS 3140  LATINO/-A POLITICS (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the dynamism and growth of the role of Latinos, as a group of political actors, in the United States. This course provides students with an exposure to and understanding of various concepts and dimensions of this phenomenon, including historical and contemporary Latino political thought and the efforts to increase political empowerment (representation and participation) and influence through grassroots, social, and political movements. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8145, PSCI 3140, LLS 8145)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSCI 1100 is recommended.

Distribution: U.S. Diversity General Education course

LLS 3680  GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Latin America. (Cross-listed with LLS 8685, PSCI 3680, PSCI 8685)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSCI 2500 or junior status or permission of instructor

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course

LLS 3800  SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATINO/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: HUMANITIES (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary topical approach that explores various aspects of Latino/Latin American humanistic expressions. Selected topics will be suitable for examination from an inter and multidisciplinary humanities perspective (literature, visual and performing arts, history, music, religion, and philosophy). Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Repeatable up to six credits if content differs.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior standing or permission of the instructor

LLS 3900  SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATINO/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (1-3 credits)

A discussion-led course on current and evolving issues and questions pertaining to the Latino population in the United States and its transnational ties to Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics fall within the social sciences. The course may also include service-learning assignments when appropriate.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): A social science course.

LLS 4280  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF LATIN AMERICA (3 credits)

Analysis of the role of Latin American states in the international political arena. Emphasis upon developing, applying and testing an explanatory theory of international politics through the study of the inter-American system: the regional, institutional and ideological environment, power relations, policies and contemporary problems. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement). (Cross-listed with LLS 8286, PSCI 4280, PSCI 8286)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of the instructor.

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course

LLS 4900  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

This course is designed for those students who are capable of pursuing, independently, an area of Latino/Latin American Studies that is not covered under the existing curriculum. The student will be supervised by a member of the faculty of the LLS department. All course assignments, requirements, and expectations will be clearly indicated in advance. May be repeated for credit, up to six hours, under a different topic.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of LLS faculty member required.

LLS 4910  CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN LLS: SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 credits)

This is a discussion-led course on current and evolving issues and questions pertaining to the Latino and Latin American immigrant population in the United States and its transnational ties to Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics fall within the social sciences. The course may also include service-learning assignments when appropriate. (Cross-listed with LLS 8916.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Must have taken at least one social science course as well as a different LLS course, junior standing or above and/or permission of the instructor.

LLS 4920  CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN LLS:HUMANITIES (3 credits)

This course is an interdisciplinary topical approach that explores various aspects of Latino/Latin American Studies. Selected topics will be suitable for examination from the perspective of the humanities (literature, art, dance, music, theatre, and philosophy topics). Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Course description will be announced in advance. Repeatable up to nine credits if content differs. (Cross-listed with LLS 8926.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): One humanities and one LLS course and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

LLS 4950  LATIN AMERICAN STUDY ABROAD (1-3 credits)

This course is designed as an international study abroad course that will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the dynamism of socio-cultural, economic and political changes taking place across Latin America. Note: International travel and special fees required. (Cross-listed with LLS 8956)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Senior standing or Junior standing with permission of the department. LLS 1000 or LLS 1010 or equivalent and departmental permission.

LLS 4990  SENIOR PROJECT (3 credits)

This is a research-based and writing-intensive course for students majoring in Latino/Latin American Studies. Students will propose and develop an original research project on a topic of their choice but one which is informed by the previous course work, practical experience, as well as the interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational perspectives to which they have been exposed during the course of their major field of study.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Senior standing (or students in junior standing with permission from the instructor) and LLS 1000, LLS 1010 or 1020, and a research methods course approved for LLS credit, and ENGL 1160 or equivalent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.