Latin American and Latino Studies
The Latin American and Latino studies program integrates a series of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts designed to acquaint students with Latin America and the experiences and cultural expressions of the Latino communities in the United States. This interdisciplinary approach aims to expose students to the methods, materials, and tools of various disciplines while addressing two of the program’s and the University’s interrelated major goals: to foster understanding of New York’s local immigrant or diasporic Latino communities and to develop effective, international, global citizenship through learning and service. The major prepares students to enter the fields of international relations, business and finance, social and foreign service, humanitarian affairs, teaching, Hispanic media and communications, publishing, business, and finance, and graduate or professional study.
Study abroad is a rewarding experience in and of itself, but it is especially recommended for LALS majors and minors. Study abroad complements LALS courses while helping students fulfill many of the program’s and the University’s major goals. It helps students achieve the requisite competency in Spanish and gain a better understanding of Latin America and Spain through cultural immersion and service-oriented courses. To this effect the program has established a series of study abroad opportunities for students, ranging from a spring semester or summer abroad in Granada, Spain, and LALSI-approved study-abroad programs throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain, to LALS-sponsored summer and spring study tours.
Upon return from study in a non-Fordham program abroad, students will be able to count toward the major up to four (4) courses for two semesters of study or three (3) courses for one semester of study abroad; and up to two (2) courses toward the minor. For Fordham study abroad programs, such as our summer or spring semester abroad in Granada, LALS majors and minors will be able to count all relevant courses taken abroad. If the student has already declared a LALS major or minor, these courses should be approved prior to going abroad by a LALS faculty adviser.
For more information on studying abroad, please visit the International and Study Abroad Programs page or e-mail email@example.com.
LALS Sponsored Programs
Summer and spring semester programs in Granada, Spain Granada, a world heritage site, is one of the most beautiful and historically-rich cities in the world. It was the hometown of the poet Federico García Lorca, a center of flamenco culture, and a place of intersection for European, North African, and Latin American cultures and scholarship. For a summer or a semester, students will have the opportunity to live in this wondrous city, study the works of García Lorca, and Spanish and Latin American cultures and partake in cultural visits and tours of Andalusia (Andalucía), the region where Granada is located. Interested students should contact Dr. Rafael Lamas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other LALS Sponsored Programs
LALS often sponsors study-tour courses in Latin America which offer in-depth, on-site study of the history, arts, and culture of a Latin American city or country. Past courses have included
- A spring study tour on the colonial artistic traditions of Mexico in Mexico City with Dr. Barbara Mundy (art history), on peace, reconciliation initiatives, and service to communities of displaced families in Bogotá, Colombia, with Dr. Cruz-Malavé (modern languages and literatures) and Dr. Lenis (dean), and on migration in Puebla, Mexico, with Dr. Lindo-Fuentes (history).
- A summer course on the development of Cuban culture since the 1959 Revolution in Havana, Cuba, with Dr. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (modern languages and literatures), hosted by Casa de las Américas, Cuba’s premier cultural institute.
- LALS will be offering spring study tours on the politics of memory in Santiago, Chile, with Dr. Carl Fischer (modern languages and literatures), on contemporary culture in Havana, Cuba, with Dr. Cruz-Malavé (modern languages and literatures), and on public health in Cali, Colombia, with Dr. Lenis (dean) and Mr. Renaldo Alba (associate director, CSTEP).
In addition to offering a major, minor, and graduate certificate, the Latin American and Latino studies program sponsors an institute that provides an intellectual home for students and faculty who are interested in Latin America and the Latino immigrant or diasporic communities in the United States: LALSI acts as a clearinghouse for information for faculty and students, invites speakers, organizes conferences and film series, and maintains video and journal collections for the use of its faculty and students. In addition, it sponsors visiting scholars, networks of scholarly exchange between Latin America and the United States, especially on issues pertaining to the relationship between Latin America and its diasporas, and fosters understanding of and service in Latin America through its study abroad programs and study tours of Latin America. Its newsletter, Boletín, which is published twice a year, documents the program’s multiple academic events as well as the research, educational, and service activities of its faculty and students. All Boletín issues are available online at www.fordham.edu/lalsi.
Prestigious Fellowship Opportunities
LALS students have won many prestigious fellowships, including Fulbright Awards, which allow students to pursue their own research abroad. Students need to plan early (preferably in their sophomore year) if they wish to compete for a prestigious fellowship. See the director or associate director for more information.
The following courses offered outside the institute have the LALS attribute and count toward the Latin American and Latino Studies major and minor:
|AFAM 2647||THIRD WORLD AND THE CITY||4|
|AFAM 3037||BEING AND BECOMING BLACK IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD||4|
|AFAM 3130||RACIAL AND ETHNIC CONFLICT||4|
|AFAM 3150||CARIBBEAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE||4|
|AFAM 3663||MINORITIES IN THE MEDIA||4|
|AFAM 3667||CARIBBEAN LITERATURE||4|
|AFAM 4000||AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM||4|
|AFAM 4650||SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIETY||4|
|ANTH 1100||INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY||3|
|ANTH 3111||NEW WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY||4|
|ANTH 3339||IRISH AND MEXICAN MIGRATION: NEW YORK FOCUS||4|
|ANTH 3340||ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE AND ETHNICITY||4|
|ANTH 3341||RACE, SEX, AND SCIENCE||4|
|ANTH 3351||COMPARATIVE CULTURES||4|
|ANTH 3470||PEOPLE AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA||4|
|ANTH 3481||AFRO-BRAZILIAN CULTURE, POLITICS, AND IDENTITY||4|
|ANTH 4114||ANTHROPOLOGY OF HEALTH HEALING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE||4|
|ARHI 2250||PRE-COLOMBIAN ART||4|
|ARHI 2256||RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE IN LATIN AMERICAN ART||4|
|ARHI 4250||AZTEC ART||4|
|CEED 6290||HEALTH DSPARITIES &SOCIAL INEQ||3|
|COLI 3250||REPRESENT SP CIVIL WAR||4|
|COLI 3434||THE AVANT-GARDES: EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICA||4|
|COLI 3668||CARIBBEAN IDENTITIES||4|
|COLI 3840||LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE THROUGH FILM||4|
|COLI 3910||US LATINO FILM MAKING||4|
|COLI 3912||LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAS||4|
|COMC 3247||RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN MEDIA||4|
|COMC 3380||INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION||4|
|ECON 3210||ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT||4|
|ECON 3235||ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA||4|
|ECON 3240||WORLD POVERTY||4|
|ECON 3242||GLOBAL ECONOMIC ISSUES||4|
|ECON 3244||INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY||4|
|ECON 3346||INTERNATIONAL TRADE||4|
|ECON 3563||LABOR ECONOMICS||4|
|ECON 3580||ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY||4|
|ENGL 3036||LATIN AMERICAN SHORT STORY||4|
|FITV 3647||GENDER, RACE, CLASS, AND TELEVISION||4|
|HIST 1400||UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: LATIN AMERICA||3|
|HIST 3806||U.S. IMMIGRATION/ETHNICITY||4|
|HIST 3950||LATINO HISTORY||4|
|HIST 3960||RELIGION AND POLITICS LATIN AMERICA||4|
|HIST 3961||REBELLION AND REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE ATLANTIC WORLD||4|
|HIST 3965||COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA||4|
|HIST 3969||LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S.||4|
|HIST 3972||REVOLUTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA||4|
|HIST 3973||EDU AND STATE IN LATIN AMERICA||4|
|HIST 3974||SPANIARDS AND INCAS||4|
|HIST 3975||THE CARIBBEAN||4|
|HIST 3977||LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH FILM||4|
|HIST 4347||LATINOS: FACT AND FICTION||4|
|HIST 4760||SEMINAR: IMMIGRATION TO THE U.S.||4|
|HIST 4853||SEMINAR: US CIVILIZING EFFORTS IN LATIN AMERICA||4|
|HIST 4954||SEMINAR: LAW AND EMPIRE IBERIAN ATLANTIC||4|
|HIST 4998||STUDY TOUR: MEDIEVAL SPAIN||4|
|HIST 5913||GOLDEN AGE SPAIN & AMER||4|
|HPRH 2051||CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE AND MUSIC||3|
|INST 3859||POST-1945: A GLOBAL HISTORY||4|
|JOUR 3724||FIRST PERSON JOURNALISM||4|
|LING 3007||SPANISH LINGUISTICS||4|
|MLAL 1010||SPANISH COLONIALISM THROUGH FILM||3|
|MLAL 3000||GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES||4|
|MLAL 3607||TOPICS IN MULTILINGUALISM||4|
|MLAL 4347||LATINOS: FACT AND FICTION||4|
|MVST 4998||STUDY TOUR: MEDIEVAL SPAIN||4|
|PHIL 3653||LATIN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY||4|
|PJST 3322||PAN-AMERICAN POETIC REBELLION||4|
|PJST 4970||COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL ACTION||4|
|POSC 2610||INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS||4|
|POSC 3310||RACIAL AND ETHNIC POLITICS||4|
|POSC 3324||POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION||4|
|POSC 3610||POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT||4|
|POSC 3611||THIRD WORLD POLITICS||4|
|POSC 3616||POLITICAL ECONOMY OF POVERTY||4|
|POSC 3641||LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS||4|
|POSC 3642||CARIBBEAN POLITICS||4|
|POSC 3645||POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION||4|
|POSC 3915||INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY||4|
|PSYC 3600||MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY||4|
|SOCI 2410||INEQUALITY: CLASS, RACE, AND ETHNICITY||4|
|SOCI 2420||SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY||4|
|SOCI 3000||LATINO IMAGES IN MEDIA||4|
|SOCI 3017||INEQUALITY IN AMERICA||4|
|SOCI 3140||OLD AND NEW MINORITIES IN THE U.S.||4|
|SOCI 3148||POPULATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES||4|
|SOCI 3149||ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY||4|
|SOCI 3300||"RACE" AND "MIXED RACE"||4|
|SOCI 3405||GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS||4|
|SOCI 3418||CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE||4|
|SOCI 3427||HISPANICS/LATINOS IN THE USA||4|
|SOCI 3471||UNDOCUMENTED MIGRATION||4|
|SOCI 3506||DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN FAMILIES||4|
|SOCI 3601||URBAN POVERTY||4|
|SOCI 3670||HISPANIC WOMEN||4|
|SOCI 4408||DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY||4|
|SOCI 4970||COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL ACTION||4|
|SOCI 4990||CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND JUSTICE CREATION||4|
|SPAN 2001||SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE||3|
|SPAN 2301||ADVANCED FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS||3|
|SPAN 2305||SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION||4|
|SPAN 2500||APPROACHES TO LITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 2610||ADVANCED READING AND WRITING||4|
|SPAN 2620||SPANISH PHONETICS||4|
|SPAN 2640||SPANISH AND NEW YORK CITY||4|
|SPAN 2650||BUSINESS SPANISH||4|
|SPAN 2700||HISPANIC LEGENDS||4|
|SPAN 3001||SPAIN: LITERATURE AND CULTURE SURVEY||4|
|SPAN 3002||LATIN AMERICA: LITERATURE AND CULTURE SURVEY||4|
|SPAN 3005||THEMES IN LATINA/O AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES||4|
|SPAN 3007||SPANISH LINGUISTICS||4|
|SPAN 3052||SURVEY OF SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 3070||THE LATIN-AMERICAN URBAN CHRONICLE||4|
|SPAN 3072||GEOGRAPHIES OF POWER/INJUSTICE||4|
|SPAN 3075||Crime Fiction in Hispanic Literature||4|
|SPAN 3180||POETRY IN CONTEXT||4|
|SPAN 3200||MULTICULTURAL SPAIN||4|
|SPAN 3210||TRANSATLANTIC PICARESQUE||4|
|SPAN 3250||GOD, GOLD, AND GLORY||4|
|SPAN 3275||HYBRID FUTURES: A PANORAMA OF MEXICAN SHORT FICTION||4|
|SPAN 3300||MODERN LATIN AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE||4|
|SPAN 3301||FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA AND HIS WORLD||4|
|SPAN 3398||GENERATION OF 1898||4|
|SPAN 3401||MODERN SPANISH FICTION||4|
|SPAN 3425||MODERN SPANISH THEATER||4|
|SPAN 3426||MODERN HISPANIC THEATER||4|
|SPAN 3500||LITERATURE OF DISCOVERY||4|
|SPAN 3510||SPAIN AT WAR||4|
|SPAN 3530||EXCESS IN SPANISH LIT||4|
|SPAN 3540||SPAIN AND ISLAM||4|
|SPAN 3550||EXPRESSING THE COLONIES||4|
|SPAN 3561||REPRESENTING THE GYPSY||4|
|SPAN 3570||STORIES OF A NEW WORLD||4|
|SPAN 3575||PAINTING THE EMPIRE: UNDERSTANDING THE SPANISH EMPIRE THROUGH ART AND LITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 3582||NEW YORK IN LATINO LITERATURE AND FILM||4|
|SPAN 3583||NEW YORK CITY LATINO THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE||4|
|SPAN 3610||CHILDREN'S GAZE IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 3625||SPANISH-AMERICAN SHORT FICTION||4|
|SPAN 3630||CULTURAL JOURNEY THROUGH MEXICO CITY||4|
|SPAN 3642||SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND POPULAR MUSIC||4|
|SPAN 3685||MEDIA AND LITERATURE IN SPANISH AMERICA||4|
|SPAN 3701||SPANISH-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS||4|
|SPAN 3710||CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN FICTION||4|
|SPAN 3712||LITERATURES OF THE LATIN AMERICAN BOOM AND POST-BOOM||4|
|SPAN 3715||LATIN AMERICAN CYBERLITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 3727||Writing Disease in Latin American Literature||4|
|SPAN 3728||Popular Culture in Latin America||4|
|SPAN 3730||WRITING VIOLENCE: PERU, 1980-2000||4|
|SPAN 3751||ADAPTING SPANISH DRAMA||4|
|SPAN 3755||SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE AND GLOBALIZATION||4|
|SPAN 3820||CARIBBEAN LITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 3826||LATIN AMERICAN AND WORLD LITERATURE||4|
|SPAN 3850||NARRATING THE CITY||4|
|SPAN 3908||FRANCOIST SPAIN||4|
|SPAN 3950||THE FANTASTIC IN SPANISH LITERATURE AND FILM||4|
|SPAN 4001||CERVANTES AND DON QUIXOTE||4|
|SPAN 4020||NOVELS OF PEREZ GALDOS||4|
|SPAN 4100||SPEAKING FOR/AS THE OTHER||4|
|SPAN 4347||LATINOS: FACT AND FICTION||4|
|SPAN 4520||SPAIN IN CONTEXT||4|
|SPAN 4900||SEMINAR: HISPANIC LITERATURE||4|
|THEO 3610||CHRIST IN WORLD CULTURES||3|
|THEO 3847||LATINO/A THEOLOGY||4|
|WGSS 3000||GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES||4|
|WGSS 3341||RACE, SEX, AND SCIENCE||4|
For more information
LALS 1003. BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE FOR SPANISH-SPEAKERS AND LEARNERS. (3 Credits)
An accelerated introductory course for students with knowledge of Spanish, this course concentrates on aspects of the Portuguese language that are most difficult for Spanish-speakers or learners, such as pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, grammatical structures that are different from Spanish and particular to Portuguese, and introduces students to Brazilian media and culture.
LALS 1100. AFRO-LATIN AMERICA. (3 Credits)
An introduction to the central themes in the study of people of African descent in Latin America. In considering race and blackness in L. America we will pay attention to the flexibility of racial categories, the importance of gender and class, and the role of visual images in the making of racial identities.
LALS 1503. BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE FOR SPANISH-SPEAKERS AND LEARNERS II. (3 Credits)
An intermediate course for students with knowledge of Spanish, this course focuses on Portuguese language as it contrasts with Spanish. Development of speaking, reading, and listening skills. Special practice in areas of grammar, linguistic structure, pronunciation and idioms that differ from Spanish. Emphasis on Brazilian media and culture. Fulfills the language requirement of the Latin American and Latino Studies major and minor. An elective of the LALS and the Spanish Studies minor.
LALS 2000. CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN FRENCH CARIBBEAN LITERATURE: FROM CHAOS-MONDE TO TOUT-MONDE. (3 Credits)
In this course we will read contemporary francophone literature from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti, translated to English, in an effort to familiarize ourselves with the colonial and post-colonial history of the region, its cultural richness and its literary modes.
LALS 2005. AMERICAN PLURALISM. (4 Credits)
Contemporary and historical studies in the racial and ethnic diversity of American (U.S.) society with a special emphasis on the issues of race relations, migration and immigration and their relation to either (1) the distribution of economic or political power or (2) their cultural manifestations in literature, the arts and/or religion. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: AMST, PLUR.
LALS 3005. LATIN AMERICAN THEMES. (4 Credits)
This course allows students to explore ways to synthesize key topics in Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS) as an interdisciplinary field of study. It will compare the distinct approaches to these topics of the different disciplines represented by the LALS faculty (including History, Literature, Film Studies, Theology, Art History, Sociology, and Anthropology). Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: ALC, COLI, COMC, COMM.
LALS 3007. SPANISH LINGUISTICS. (4 Credits)
This course focuses on the linguistic study of the Spanish language. The course discusses the formal domains of language structure - including speech sounds and their mental representations, sentence structure and semantic meaning, as well as social realities of language use and language change across different varieties of Spanish in the world. The course is taught in Spanish.
LALS 3275. HYBRID FUTURES: A PANORAMA OF MEXICAN SHORT FICTION. (4 Credits)
This course will explore the main themes of Mexican science fiction, from the late nineteenth century to today, using a panoramic approach that encompasses different forms of cultural production and media (literature, film, comics, street art, etc.). Through the science fiction lenses we will examine Mexico’s relation to technology and the processes of modernization, as well as the imagined future of labor, gender, and immigration, among other issues. We will frame Mexican science fiction as part of a larger Latin American tradition, while also discussing the connections to more mainstream (i.e. American and English) visions of the genre. All materials will be available online.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2500.
LALS 3343. CRIME AND MINORITY RIGHTS. (4 Credits)
This course is designed to present an overview of the problems for decision in the promulgation, invocation, and administration of a law of crimes. Topics include theories of crime, the purpose of punishment, and specific types of crimes. The rights of minorities will be discussed within the context of a viable criminal law. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3344. CRIME, LITERATURE, AND LATINOS. (4 Credits)
This course examines the relationship between criminal law and literature. We will study how writers use stories about the law to express ideas of humanity. We will also examine the interplay between law and morality and discuss how authors have viewed the criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on the experience of Latinos. The reading list will include criminal law and criminal procedure law, as well as works by Latino fiction writers such as Bodega Dreams, Carlito's Way, and House of the Spirits, and by non-Latino writers such as Billy Budd and The Trial. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3346. LATINOS AND THE MEDIA. (4 Credits)
A seminar and workshop on the impact and influence of the news media on Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos and their image by acclaimed journalist and memoirist, Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, former national editor at The New York Times and author of the critically acclaimed memoires, Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Revolution and The Noise of Infinite Longing. This course will discuss and analyze the impact of negative labels and cultural and social typecasting on news written about Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos. It will also examine sources, such as films, memoires, and scholarly books, as alternative ways to transform and reinvent these images of Latin Americans and Latinos in the news. Students will learn to analyze the presentation of Latin American and Latino subjects in the news and compose news reports and essays that present more expansive and knowledgeable views of the lives and cultures of Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3352. POL ISSUES AND PROCEDURE IN CRIMINAL LAW. (4 Credits)
Utilizing the casebook and problem-solving approaches, this course will study the manner in which criminal laws are created and the effect on minority communities throughout the country. The course will examine such issues as the scope and nature of criminal liability, the insane defense and other defenses to crimes, as well as the purpose and effectiveness of traditional sentencing. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3359. CRIME: A CASE STUDY. (4 Credits)
An exploration of trial advocacy through an examination of a case from its inception to its conclusion. Examines each stage of the criminal justice process, issues related to the rights of minorities, the role race and the police play in the system. Course will culminate in a mock trial after analyzing issues arising from the substantive study of criminal law and procedure. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3400. SOCIAL REALITY: BOGOTA. (1 Credit)
This one week course in the capital of Colombia, Bogota, will explore contemporary social reality in one of Latin America's most representative and vibrant cities, with special emphasis on the way this nation's armed conflict has impacted its population and its modernization process and on current conflict resolution and civic participation through social service-learning projects.
LALS 3401. LATIN AMERICAN SOCIAL REALITY: PUEBLO. (1 Credit)
One-week study tour to Puebla, Mexico. The course will explore the socioeconomic reality of Puebla, Mexico. The city is the main source of Mexican immigrants to New York and has sites important for every major period of Mexican history. The tour will include lectures on history and contemporary issues as well as visits to sites important to the history and culture of Mexico.
LALS 3421. LATIN AMERICAN FICTION. (4 Credits)
A study of Latin American narrative forms. Selected readings from major Latin American writers. Topics such as unity, diversity, magic realism, the search for a national identity, literature and underdevelopment, etc. will be examined in their social and literary context. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3435. BRAZILIAN LITERATURE AND FILM. (3 Credits)
This course examines some of Brazil's best known cinematic and literary classics in translation. We start with Jose` de Alencar's "Iracema" continuing through to works that treat the military dictatorships in Brazil during the 1960's and 1970's. Taught in English.
LALS 3437. AFRO-BRAZILIAN FILM, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE. (4 Credits)
This course examines central themes in Afro-Brazilian film, literature, and culture. We will study the depiction of slavery the depiction of slavery during the construction of syncretic religions such as Candomble and Macumba, the experience of Afro-Brazilian women, the image of favelas or shantytowns and conclude with Afro-Brazilian woman, the music and performance. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: COLI, GLBL.
LALS 3575. PAINTING THE EMPIRE: UNDERSTANDING THE SPANISH EMPIRE THROUGH ART AND LITERATURE. (4 Credits)
The Golden Age of Spanish art and literature (known as “el Siglo de Oro”) coincided with the configuration of Spain as a global empire after the rise of the Habsburg dynasty to the Spanish throne (from around 1550 to around 1650). This course proposes a study of the main social, political and cultural conflicts that conformed that empire from a multidisciplinary perspective that combines the works of the empire’s most famous painters (El Greco, Diego Velázquez, José de Ribera, among others) with the works of its most representative writers (Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, María de Zayas, among others); topics such as the symbolic construction and shaping of space, gender, national identity or social and religious relationships will be approached through a combination of visual and textual representations. The course will also take great advantage of the important collections of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque painting held at several New York institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art of the Hispanic Society of America, including visits to those institutions and field work. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: ALC, COLI.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2500.
LALS 3600. LATIN AMERICA: CURRENT TRENDS. (4 Credits)
The objective of this course is to help students develop the basic tools for political analysis in the context of an overview of the current political environment and economic circumstances of Latin America¿s main players. The course will provide information and guidelines for understanding the present situation within each of the main influential countries in the region and the interrelationship among these countries. The relationship with the United States and other extraregional players with increasingly important roles in the region, as well as the influence of the Organization of American States will also be explored. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: INST, PJST.
LALS 3601. LATIN AMERICAN ARCHEOLOGY. (4 Credits)
Latin America is one of the great culture areas of the ancient and modern worlds. The peoples of the region developed unique civilizations long before the arrival of Europeans. This course considers the religion, hieroglyphic writing systems, architecture, political economy, myth, and history of Pre-columbian cultures of Mesoamerica, South America and the Caribbean. We examine the latest archaeological research and primary ethnohistoric documents to study the Maya, Zapotec, Aztec, Moche, Inca, and Taino culture. A broad historical and geographical sweep allows us a deeper understanding of how the Latin American past continues to shape the present. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3602. CROSSING BORDERS: MIGRATIONS, GENDER, SEXUALITY. (4 Credits)
Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 3840. LATIN AMERICA THROUGH FILM. (4 Credits)
Major topics of Latin American cultural criticism through an examination of Latin American and Latino film production, with a special emphasis on the documentary as an alternative to mainstream cinema and television. Latin American media theories and cultural criticism. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: FITV, INST.
LALS 3930. CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE STUDY TOUR. (1 Credit)
This one-week, one-credit, spring study-tour course will explore renewed importance of Havana as both a local and global purveyor of culture since the fall of Soviet-style socialism in the 1990’s. It will focus on the city’s vibrant contemporary cultural scene in music, art, dance, literature and film as exhibited in museums, galleries, workshops, concert halls, and community centers and will give students a lived sense of the issues, topics and concerns addressed by contemporary Cuban artists in new innovate forms that respond to local conditions of economic transitions and to a globalized world market.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2001.
LALS 4005. QUEER THEORY AND THE AMERICAS. (4 Credits)
Drawing from the often divergent traditions of Anglo and Hispanic America, this course will take an interdisciplinary approach to queer methodologies for cultural and literary studies. Students will encounter foundational queer theoretical texts (both historical and contemporary) as well as novels, plays, and films, and will explore, for themselves, what queerness means and does. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: ALC, COLI, ENGL, ICC.
LALS 4100. SPEAKING FOR/AS THE OTHER. (4 Credits)
What are the implications of giving voice to those who are "voiceless"? This course explores the role of writing and speaking during the encounter of black, Indian, mestizo and Hispanic cultures in Latin America and Latina/o United States. By examining these cultural encounters, the course examines the political and ethical implications of speaking for and as the other Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: COLI, EP4, VAL.
LALS 4200. PRAGMATISM AND IDEOLOGY: LATIN AMERICA. (4 Credits)
Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 4347. LATINOS: FACT AND FICTION. (4 Credits)
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the experiences of Latin Americans and Latinos. It employs literature and history to introduce students to the benefits of using multiple ways of acquiring knowledge. It then relies on other academic areas such as art and sociology to reinforce its interdisciplinary. As a capstone course, it allows students to incorporate disciplines from their own academic foundation. It covers topics such as politics, social justice, race, gender, and identity. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
Attributes: GLBL, ICC.
Prerequisite: SPAN 2500.
LALS 4900. TOPICS IN LATIN AND LATINO STUDIES. (4 Credits)
Advanced study of a Latin American or Latino topic. Must be approved by Chair/Associate Chair. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
LALS 4999. TUTORIAL. (1-4 Credits)