Fall 2017

Latin American Studies

Fall 2017 Courses



ECON 361 - Economic Development of Latin America

DANC 119-001 Dance Pop Culture: Afro-Latino

GGS 316 - Geography of Latin America

HIST 271 - Survey of Latin American History

HIST 365 - Conquest and Colonization in Latin America 

HIST 387-004: Brazilian Cinema

RELI 235-003 Religion and Literature Tue/Thur 1:30pm-2:45pm

SPAN 325 - Major Hispanic Writers

SPAN 388 - Introduction to Latina/o Studies

SPAN 390 - Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis

SPAN 430 Spanish in the US


SPAN 388 - Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies TR 9-10:15AM

This course offers a representative overview of the history, literatures, and cultural practices of Latinas/os/x in the United States by engaging students in interdisciplinary discussions of cultural production. SPAN 388 introduces students to the field of Latina/o/x Studies, and provides useful resources for further inquiry. It is structured in units according to recent debates and issues in the field. Topics and representative works are meant to serve as points of entry into the analysis of more general issues about Latina/o/x identity and its representations, and about the history and cultural practices of Latino communities across the U.S.


SPAN 481-001 Immigration Narratives TR 10:30-11:45AM

Using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, this seminar will analyze fictional narratives related to the immigration experience of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, and of Moroccan/African immigrants in Spain. In the context of Comparative Border Studies, i.e. considering the borderlands as an overarching metaphor of intercultural exchange, we will study immigration narratives with a focus on border crossings, mobility, settlement, and adaptation. To contextualize our discussions, we will consider the convergence of grassroots activism, scholarship, and creativity in a variety of texts and representations including fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, films, and documentaries. The main goals of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, transdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of immigration in relation to creativity and imagination.