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  Latin American Minor arco antigua 2013

Requirements for the Latin American Studies Minor
To get a minor in Latin American Studies, take:

  • FLS 2201G and FLS 2202G Intermediate Spanish I and II (or equivalent).  These courses are offered every semester and also fulfill the General Education—Humanities requirement.
  • Four elective courses with no more than 2 coming from any single department.  Students may “double count” coursework and use courses for the Latin American Studies minor towards other academic programs, such as majors or minors in Spanish, History or Geography.

Courses offered in the Fall 2014 semester:FALL 2015 update soon

  • FLS 2201 Intermediate Spanish 1
  • FLS 2201 Intermediate Spanish 2
  • FLE 3025 Women in the Hispanic World
  • GEG 3070 Geography and Culture of Middle America
  • PLS 3333 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • FLS 3500 Hispanic Short Stories
  • FLS 3540 Race and Gender in Spanish American Literature
  • CMM 4030A Latin/a Human Rights Discourse/s
  • ENG 4850 Third World Literature: ¿Y los otros?
  • HIS 4850 Mexico, Central America and Caribbean


Spanish 2201 and 2002: Intermediate Spanish 

(Every semester-- Required courses for this Minor)
These classes are the first and second semester of intermediate Spanish.  Topics include a review of grammar, and practice in conversation, intensive writing and reading.These courses fulfill the general education-Humanites requirement 



FLE 3025 Women in the Hispanic World. 

This course explores the contributions of Hispanic women to literature, the arts and politics in the Spanish-speaking world from the colonial period to the present. Students will read original work by women, as well as critical essays written about them. Students will also be introduced to scholarship on gender, race, class and national identity. (Course taught in English—no proficiency in Spanish language required.) Dr. Irene Jacobsen


PhotoFLS 3500 Hispanic Short Story. This course focuses on short story narrative of both Latin America and Spain from the late 19th to the 20th Century. Students will examine a wide range of authors across the two continents. The discussions in class will include both primary textbooks as well as photocopies provided by the professor.  Other materials that will be included are videos, movies, and web pages. Class meetings will consist mainly of class and group discussions based on readings, and Internet searches made by the students.  Class will be conducted in Spanish.  Prerequisite: FLS 3000, FLS 3520 recommended.  Dr. Carlos Amaya


GEG 3070 Geography and Culture of Middle America.

This course studies the natural and cultural landscapes of Middle America including Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Special attention is given to the geographical identity and cultural diversity of the region. Topics include environmental issues, colonial history, natural resources, industrialization, geopolitical contexts, transportation, agriculture, population patterns, urban growth and migration.  Dr. Betty Smith

PLS 3333 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This course examines the political environment of selected Latin American and Caribbean states. Special emphasis will be given to political development and the impact of various internal and external actors on democratization, modernization, and state-society relations. Dr. David Carwell


race-gender1FLS 3540 Race and Gender in Spanish American Literature.

 This course examines the dynamics of identity construction of the black and female subject in Spanish America from the early colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century. We will study the evolution of racial and gender constraints as seen through legal documents, chronicles, religious literature, poetry, newspapers and magazines. The course focuses on how black and female bodies were categorized and constructed within specific political and cultural contexts by colonial and nineteenth century authorities and other intellectual sectors of the population. We will explore how these subaltern subjects destabilized the political and social order in their search for freedom and power. Dr. Vanesa Landrus


CMN 4030A Latin/a Human Rights Discourse/s.

What do we mean by “human rights” texts in Latin America? How do women in Latin America construct women’s and men’s identities in human rights texts? How do women in Latin America construct a sense of ethnic and cultural variability between themselves and women in other countries? By using these questions as a starting point, in this course, students will explore how women in different Latin American countries negotiate the intersection of their ethnic identities with their race, gender, class, and sexual orientation, and for some, feminist identities. Students will learn about Latin American human rights concerns by analyzing various texts including testimonios, performances, recounted stories, embroideries, and more. Dr. T.  M. Linda  Scholz

Course Objectives:
To study Latin/a human rights discourse/s from a critical perspective, by:

  • Identifying how human rights are discursively constructed.
  • Describing what constitutes a human rights discourse/s and texts in Latin America.
  • Interrogating how power differentials influence and impact Latin American women’s human rights discourse/s.
  • Explain how Latin American women’s human rights discourse/s reveal the intersection of culture with race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, and class.
  • Evaluating how Latin American women’s discourses of resistance are situated globally, politically, and historically.

ENG 4850  Third World Literatures:  ¿Y los otros?: Remembering and Identity in Latin American Literatures.  

In this course, we will cast a critical eye upon the term “Third World Literature” and explore a variety of exciting literature often obscured by the shadows of the United States/North America, Britain, and Western Europe.  We will study primarily Latin American and Latino/a literary and cinematic narratives (novels and films) that will broaden our understanding of the complicated ways in which identity—both personal and national—have developed in the late twentieth century and early twenty first century.  In particular, we will consider the innovative strategies that Latin American and Latino/a writers use to address problems of existence, political strife, and nationhood—from the excitingly bizarre literary experiments of “magic realism” to the current re-invigoration of gritty social realism and crime fiction, mystery narratives.  These literary experiments illustrate a new generation of global voices from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos/as in the U.S. responding to everything from life in the USA, to the brutal legacy of political dictatorships in South and Central America, to the ongoing culture of drug cartel violence.  

Central to all these explorations will be a set of thematic questions: How do these writers imagine new conceptions of the self/identity?  How are personal issues of love, romance, and family altered?  And most importantly, just what is “history,” and how do narratives of the past affect us?  Open to majors and non-majors.  A great course for future teachers and anyone interested in gaining a more in-depth global perspective.  Dr. Robert Martínez


HIS 4850 Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. MWF 12:00 to 12:50 pm, Coleman Hall 2741.

The course explores the modern history of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean from therebellion of the "blackjacobins" of Haiti and the Dominican Republic (colonial Santo Domingo) to the revolutions of the 1970s and 1980s in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. It will also deal with the social and economic structures that contain Latin American development and the unrest that these have provoked and still provoke in that region of the American continent. Dr. José Deústua.

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