Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS)

El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o Carribean and Latin American Studies

Director: Associate Professor Mark Overmyer-Velázquez

Associate Director: Anne Gebelein

Office: 2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1161

Major requirements

1000. Introduction to Latina/o Studies

Three credits.

Interdisciplinary examination of the Latina/o experience and its impact across the United States. Consideration of behavioral, institutional and societal perspectives; national and transnational identity; cultural, legal and educational issues. CA 2. CA 4.

1009. Latino Literature, Culture, and Society

(Formerly offered as PRLS 1009.) (Also offered as SPAN 1009.) Three credits. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. Taught in English.

Critical approaches to Latinos/as and cultural representation, production, and agency, as impacted by globalization and local dynamics. Will engage the value and function of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, literature, film, music, digital culture, visual arts, and urban culture. CA 1. CA 4.

1009W. Latino Literature, Culture, and Society

(Also offered as SPAN 1009W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Knowledge of Spanish is not required. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

1190. Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

(Formerly offered as LAMS 1190.) (Also offered as HIST 1600.) Three credits.

Multidisciplinary exploration of the historical development of such aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean as colonization and nation formation; geography and the environment; immigration and migration; race, ethnicity, and gender in society, politics, economy, and culture. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1190W. Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

(Formerly offered as LAMS 1190W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1193. Foreign Study

(Formerly offered as LAMS 1193.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies required before departure. May be repeated for credit (to a maximum of 15).

Course work undertaken within approved Education Abroad programs, usually focusing on the history, culture, and society of a particular Latin American or Caribbean country or countries.

1570. Migrant Workers in Connecticut

(Formerly offered as LAMS 1570 and PRLS 1570.) (Also offered as HIST 1570.) Four credits. Prerequisite: Open only by instructor consent. Gebelein, Overmyer-Velázquez

Interdisciplinary honors course on the life and work experiences of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean migrant workers with focus on Connecticut. Integrated service learning component. Field trips required. CA 1. CA 4.

2001. Latinos, Leadership and Mentoring

Three credits.

Introduces issues affecting Latinos in higher education. Leadership and mentoring training. Students analyze responsibilities and commitments in context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change.

2011W. Introduction to Latino-American Writing and Research

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: 1000-level introductory course on Latino or Latin American Studies.

Transnational academic research and writing on the Latino-American experience. Interdisciplinary approaches, historical background of Latino American studies. CA 4.

2012. Latinos in Connecticut: Writing for the Community

Four credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: LLAS 2011W.

Students partner with Latino agencies to apply research and writing skills to community needs. Community theory, digital literacy, historical background of Connecticut Latinos, contemporary issues that impact the population. Service learning component.

2474. Economic Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as ECON 2474.) Three credits. Prerequisites: ECON 1200 or both ECON 1201 and 1202.

Survey of the economic history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Analysis of present-day development issues in the region, including economic growth, poverty, education, and health.

2995. Special Topics in Latino and Latin American Studies

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3995 and PRLS 3295.)With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3021. Contemporary Latin America

(Also offered as ANTH 3021.) Three credits.

Survey of anthropological contributions to the study of contemporary Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Hispanic Caribbean. Special focus on the comparative analysis of recent ethnographic case studies and local/regional/national/international linkages.

3029. The Caribbean

(Also offered as ANTH 3029.) Three credits.

Comparative perspectives on the cultural formation of Caribbean societies; the region’s demographic, economic and political links with the wider world.

3208. Making the Black Atlantic

(Also offered as AFRA 3208 and HIST 3208.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563 or AFRA/HIST 3564 or 3620; or HIST/LLAS 3609.

Recent scholarship on the central role played by African-descended communities in shaping the early history of the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices; slavery, political economy, and political movements.

3210. Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3210.) Three credits.

Topics in socio-demographic patterns, cultural identity claims, community organization, migration and citizenship issues of Latino groups in post-WWII United States. Emphasis on comparative analysis and on policy implications. CA 4.

3211. Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Research

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3211.) Three credits.

Students design, execute and write original, library or archival-based research on Latino/a experience using documents, films, literary works, surveys, photographic and newspaper materials.

3220. History of Latinos/as in the United States

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3220.) (Also offered as HIST 3674.) Three credits.

Settlement and growth of Hispanic-origin populations in the United States today, from Spanish and Mexican settlement of western United States to the growth of Latino communities. Student oral history project. CA 1. CA 4.

3221. Latinos/as and Human Rights

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3221.) (Also offered as HIST 3575 and HRTS 3221.) Three credits.

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

3230. Latina Narrative

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3230.) (Also offered as WGSS 3258.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or instructor consent.

Feminist topics in contemporary Latina literature and cultural studies.

3231. Fictions of Latino Masculinity

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3231.) (Also offered as WGSS 3259.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or instructor consent.

Topics in Latino literature and cultural studies with an emphasis on masculinity and male authors.

3232. Latina/o Literature

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3232.) (Also offered as ENGL 3605.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Extensive readings in Latina/o literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. CA 4.

3233. Studies in Latina/o Literature

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3233.) (Also offered as ENGL 3607.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

Advanced study of a theme, form, author, or movement in contemporary Latina/o literature.

3241. Latin American Minorities in the United States

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3241.) (Also offered as ANTH 3041). Three credits.

Emphasis on groups of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban origin, including treatment and historical background, social stratification, informal social relations, ethnic perceptions, relations and the concept of Latino identity.

3250. Latino Health and Health Care

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3250.) (Also offered as HDFS 3442.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Overview of health and health care issues among Latinos in the United States. Particular attention is paid to cultural and social factors associated with health and well-being (e.g. migration, acculturation, SES).

3251. Latinos: Sexuality and Gender

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3251.) (Also offered as HDFS 3268.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Critical discussion of issues involving gender and sexuality among Latinos, with particular attention to race, class, ethnicity, and acculturation.

3264. Latinas and Media

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3264.) (Also offered as WGSS 3260 and COMM 3321.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The role of ethnicity and race in women’s lives. Special attention to communication research on ethnic and racial minority women. CA 4.

3265. Literature of Puerto Rico and the Spanish Caribbean

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3265.) (Also offered as SPAN 3265.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.

Readings and discussions of major authors and works of the Spanish Caribbean with special emphasis on Puerto Rico.

3270. Latino Political Behavior

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3270.) (Also offered as POLS 3662.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Latino politics in the United States. Political histories of four different Latino populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central American. Different forms of political expressions, ranging from electoral behavior to political art. CA 4.

3271. Immigration and Transborder Politics

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3271.) (Also offered as POLS 3834.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

U.S. immigration policy, trans-border politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.S. foreign policy, with the emphasis on Latino diasporas.

3293. Foreign Study

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3293.) Credits (to a maximum of 17) and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies required before departure. May count toward the major with consent of advisor.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3525. Latino Sociology

(Also offered as SOCI 3525.) Three credits.

The economic, social, political, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States.

3575. Cinema and Society in Latin America

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3575.) Variable credit up to a maximum of three credits. Hours by arrangement. With a change in content, this course may be repeated once for credit.

The aesthetic, social, and political significance of Latin American film.

3607. Latin America in the Colonial Period

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3607.) (Also offered as HIST 3607.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Pre-Columbian Civilization in America, the epoch of conquest and settlement, together with a study of the Ibero-Indian cultural synthesis which forms the basis of modern Latin American civilization. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3609. Latin America in the National Period

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3609.) (Also offered as HIST 3609.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Representative countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean together with the historic development of inter-American relations and contemporary Latin American problems. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3618. Comparative Slavery in the Americas

(Also offered as AFRA 3618 or HIST 3618.) Three credits.

The rise and fall of trans-Atlantic slavery. Topics include resistance, migration, antislavery mobilization, abolitionism, empire, revolution, cultural production, political economy, labor, gender, race and identity formation.

3619. History of the Caribbean

(Also offered as AFRA and HIST 3619.) Three credits.

Encounter experience; slavery, antislavery mobilization, and abolitionism; colonialism; citizenship and nation building; race and gender; political cultures and movements; migration/immigration; cultural production; and political economy; topics will be examined from a historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3622. History of Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Also offered as AFRA, HIST, and WGSS 3622.) Three credits.

Topics may include empire and colonialism/anti-colonialism; slavery, science, and the state; cultural practices and institutions; feminisms and masculinities; law and public policies; immigration; forms of labor and political mobilization; sex and reproduction; and human rights from historical perspective.

3635. History of Modern Mexico

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3635.) (Also offered as HIST 3635.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: HIST 3607. Overmyer-Velázquez

The emergence of modern Mexico from independence to the present with emphasis on the Revolution of 1910. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3660W. History of Migration in Las Américas

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3660W and PRLS 3660W.) (Also offered as HIST 3660W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; instructor consent. Recommended preparation: LLAS 3210, LLAS 1190, ANTH 3042, HIST 3635, HIST 3609, or HIST 3674/LLAS 3220. Spanish useful, but not required. Overmyer-Velázquez

Applies broad chronological and spatial analyses of origins of migration in the Americas to the experiences of people of Latin American origin in Connecticut. Addresses a range of topics from the initial settlement of the Americas to 21st century migrations. CA 1. CA 4.

3667. Puerto Rican Politics and Culture

(Formerly offered as PRLS 3667.) (Also offered as POLS 3667.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Legal and political history of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States with an emphasis on the question of United States empire and the politics of cultural resistance.

3875. Asian Diasporas in the Americas

(Also offered as AASI 3875 and HIST 3875.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HIST 3607, 3609, 3610, 3635, 3660W, or 3674. Not open to students who have passed HIST 3095 or 3995 when taught as Asian Diasporas in the Americas.

Transnational history of migration and settlement of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian diasporas across South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean, colonial through national period. Emphasis on political economy, racial formations, and constructions of national identity.

3998. Variable Topics in Latino and Latin American Studies

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3998 and PRLS 3298.) Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3999. Independent Study in Latino and Latin American Studies

(Formerly offered as LAMS 3999 and PRLS 3299.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

4212. Field Internship in Latino Studies

(Formerly offered as PRLS 4212.) One to three credits; may be repeated for up to six credits.

Work in cultural community-oriented setting(s).

4320. Media and Diverse Audiences

(Formerly offered as PRLS 4320.) (Also offered as COMM 4320.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 1300.

Issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and sexuality in mainstream and alternative media. Analysis of how diverse groups use the media, are represented in, and interpret media content.

4470. Soap Opera/Telenovela

(Formerly offered as PRLS 4470.) (Also offered as COMM 4470.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 3300.

Socio-cultural functions of soap operas/telenovelas as mediated serials constructed by commercial organizations and consumed by United States and global audiences.

4994W. Latin American Studies Research Seminar

(Formerly offered as LAMS 4994W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; and instructor consent.

Capstone course in which majors and minors in Latin American Studies design, execute and write up original, library-based research on Latin America. Some readings may be in Spanish or Portuguese.

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