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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013


College of Letters and Science


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies


Kristin Pitt, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and William Vélez, Professor of Sociology , Co-coordinators
Alida Cardós Whaley, Advisor, Northwest Quadrant, Bldg. B. Rm. 2484, (414) 229-4703, alida@uwm.edu

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Latino Studies Program in the College of Letters and Science, in cooperation, offer a unique major in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies. The curriculum is designed to ensure that students acquire foundational knowledge of U.S. Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean history and cultures; develop analytical and critical thinking skills; learn the comparative approach to studies of cultures; and gain insight into Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures from a variety of perspectives. Students take introductory courses in Latin American/Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, an integrated course that focuses on similarities and differences among people of both areas, and a comparative course that examines issues in a broader global context. In addition, students choose their elective courses from many different departments, and they must sample courses from three of the following five course clusters:
1. Engaging Artistic, Cultural, and Literary Manifestations across the Americas
2. Constructing Empires, Colonies, and Nations
3. Linking Identities, Spaces, and Diasporas
4. Building Sustainable Communities and Environments
5. Communication, History and Theory across Cultures and Nations

A final research project will serve as a culminating experience in the major. Students will learn and demonstrate research skills in examining an issue or a problem that is relevant to the major, i.e., that integrates Latino and Latin American/Caribbean studies.

Course of Study: Major

Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits in the major, at least 15 of which must be taken at the advanced level (300 and above) in residence at UWM. The College requires that all students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. The following are required:

Core Courses (15 credits)

LACS 101 Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies 3
Latino 101 Introduction to Latino Studies 3

One integrated course selected from the following:

CompLit 365 Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: Subtitle
LACS/Latino 200 Selected Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U. S. Latino Studies: (Subtitle)
LACS/Latino 300 Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U. S. Latino Studies: (Subtitle)
LACS/Latino/Theatre 324 Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre
LACS/Latino 698 Independent Latin American, Caribbean, and U. S. Latino Integrated Studies
Latino/Sociol 423 Latino Immigration and Incorporation: (Subtitle)

Specific topics of variable content courses also may count toward this requirement, as appropriate;
e.g., English 316, World Cinemas: "Latino and Latin American Women Directors."

One comparative course selected from the following:

Africol 334 Survey of Black America ad Black Brazilian Societies
Africol 414 The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean
Anthro 421 Cities in the Ancient World (if final project is on a city in Latin America/Caribbean
ArtHist 104 African, New World, and Oceanic Art and Architecture
Econ 353 Economic Development
Ethnic 102 Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American and Latino Identity
Sociol 224 American Minority Groups
Sociol 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities

Specific topics of variable content courses also may count toward this requirement, as appropriate.

The following capstone course:

LACS/Latino 680* Senior Research Project (3 cr)

Electives (18 credits). Electives may be selected from integrated and comparative courses, as well as from the five course clusters listed below, including at least one course from three different clusters and at least three different departments.

1. Engaging Artistic, Cultural, and Literary Manifestations across the Americas. This cluster focuses on the arts, both past and current, their role in shaping identities, and their reflection of the complexity and multiplicity of artistic, cultural, and literary forms.

ArtHist 251 Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America
ArtHist 367 Latin American Modernisms
ArtHist 373 Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica
ArtHist 375 Art of the Aztec Empire
English 279 Introduction to US Latino/a Literature
English 374 Survey of US Latino/a Literature
English 523 Studies in US Latino/a Literature
Portugs 360 Brazilian Culture: (Subtitle)
Portugs 380 Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation
Portugs 457 Seminar in Brazilian Literature
Spanish 371 Introduction to Latino Literature in English
Spanish 373 Topics in Latino Literature in English: (Subtitle)
Spanish 472 Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization
Spanish 507 Seminar on Spanish-American Literature: (Subtitle)
Spanish 575 Seminar on 18th and 19th Century Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)
Spanish 577 Seminar on Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)

2. Constructing Empires, Colonies, and Nations. This cluster focuses on the long trajectory of U.S. Latino and Latin American/Caribbean communities as they have moved through various modes of power relationships into nations that increasingly are adopting crucial global roles. This is manifested especially in U.S. Latinos’ involvement with their national country of origin and in their country of settlement, as well as in unique third spaces that they have created.

Ethnic 245 Indians, Artists, and Conquistadores: the U.S. Southwest
Geog 421 Geography of Latin America
History 180 Latin American Society and Culture
History 393 History of Mexico
History 400 Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History: (with appropriate subtitle)
LACS/Pol Sci 326 Brazilian Politics and Society
Pol Sci 325 Latin American Politics
Pol Sci 346 U.S.-Latin American Relations
Spanish 575

Seminar on 18th and 19th Century Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)

Spanish 577 Seminar on Modern Spanish-American Literature and
Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)

3. Linking Identities, Spaces, and Diasporas. This cluster focuses on the themes of immigration, gender, ethnicity, race, and religion in U.S. Latino and Latin American/Caribbean communities. This includes processes of dialogue, linkage, conflict, domination, and resistance, and the manifestations of “borders” in people’s personal histories and the communities that people have created.

Africol 320 Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean
Africol 418 Race, Class, and Gender in the Caribbean
Anthro 225 The Aztec Empire
Anthro 309 Archaeology of Central and South America
Anthro 310 Archaeology of Middle America
Anthro 311 The World of the Ancient Maya
Anthro 421 Cities in the Ancient World (if final project focus is Latin America/Caribbean)
Geog 462 Cultural Geography of Latin America
Hist 267 History of Latinos in the United States
Hist 400 Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History: (with appropriate subtitle)
Latino/Sociol 423 Latino Immigration and Incorporation: (Subtitle)
Portugs 225 Understanding Brazil
Spanish 575 Seminar on 18th and 19th Century Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)
Spanish 577 Seminar on Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)

4. Building Sustainable Communities and Environments. This cluster focuses on the formation of more sustainable communities and environments through education, health, politics, society, and the sciences in Latin American/Caribbean and U.S. Latino communities, especially in their unique presence in North/South and South/South dichotomies.

Ed Pol 212 Educational Issues in Spanish-Speaking Communities
Ed Pol 460 The Chicano Experience
Ed Pol 560 Education and Hispanics
History 400 Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History: (with appropriate subtitle)
Sociol 323 Perspectives on Latino Communities
Spanish 577 Seminar on Modern Spanish - American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle)

5. Communication, History, and Theory Across Cultures and Nations. This cluster focuses on historical perspectives, theoretical concepts, and skills-based issues of understanding and communication within U.S. Latino and Latin American/Caribbean communities, providing students with practical tools and analytical methods to engage effectively in communication across communities, cultures, and nations. Courses may have minimal Latino/Latin American/Caribbean content, but they provide useful perspectives for students in the major. Students are limited to counting one course from this category toward the major.

Africol 311 African Religious Thought and Social Organization
Africol 344 Politial Movements and Organizations in the Afroworld
Anthro 104 Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies
Anthro 250 Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Anthro 355 Globalization, Culture, and Environment
Anthro/Linguis 570 Issues in Bilingualism
Commun 350 Intercultural Communication
Commun 550 International and Global Communication
Commun 675 Communication in International Mediation and Peacebuilding
CurrIns 542 History and Politics of Second Language Education
Dance 320 Rituals and Culture
Econ 248 Economics of Discrimination
Econ 353 Economic Development
English 404 Language, Power, and Identity
Ethnic 200 Racial Minorities in the U.S.
French 303 Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level
French 311 French for International Business/Professional
Communication: Oral Emphasis
Geog 114 Geography of Race in the United States
Hist 229 History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States
Hist 266 Race, Racial Thought, and Prejudice in the U.S., 1607 to the Present
Hist 436 Immigrant America Since 1880
JAMS 450 Race and Ethnicity in the Media
Linguis 420 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
Music 310 Introduction to World Musics
Pol Sci 215 Ethnicity, Religion, and Race in American Politics
Pol Sci 320 The Politics of Developing Nations
Portugs 310 Composition and Conversation
Portugs 446 The Portuguese-Speaking World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives
Sociol 324 Comparative Race Relations
Spanish 120 Spanish for Health Professionals I
Spanish 121 Spanish for the Health and Social Services
Spanish 308 Advanced Writing and Reading
Spanish 318 Advanced Speaking and Listening
Spanish 319 Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
Spanish 332 Business and Legal Spanish I
Spanish 338 Spanish for Health Professionals I
Spanish 341 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish/Trnsltn 347 Introduction to Translation: Spanish to English
Spanish/Trnsltn 348 Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish
Spanish/Trnsltn 349 Introduction to Interpreting
Spanish 350 Introduction of Literary Analysis
Spanish 388 Health Issues in the Hispanic World
Spanish 441 History and Dialects of the Spanish Language
Spanish 442 Business and Legal Spanish II
Spanish 446 Hispanic Sociolinguistics
Spanish/Trnsltn 449 Advanced Court Interpreting
Women's 401

Global Feminisms

Faculty
(A complete list of LACUSL faculty members is available at: www.lacusl.uwm.edu)

Nancy Bird-Soto, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gilberto Blasini, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., English
University of California, Los Angeles
Dir., Film Studies Program

Brenda Cárdenas, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., English
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Christopher Davis-Benavides, Assoc. Prof., M.F.A., Visual Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Raoul Deal, Sr. Lect., M.F.A., Cultures and Communities
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

César Ferreira, Prof., Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
University of Texas at Austin

Enrique Figueroa, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Governmental Affairs
University of California, Davis
Dir., Roberto Hernández Center

Jean Hudson, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Michelle Lopez-Ríos, Asst. Prof., M.F.A., Theatre
University of Houston

Aims McGuinness, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Kristin Pitt, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Comparative Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sandra Pucci, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Linguistics
University of Southern California

Joseph Rodríguez, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
University of California, Berkeley

Kristin Ruggiero, Prof., Ph.D., History
Indiana University
Dir., Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Paru Shah, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Rice University

William Vélez, Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
Yale University

 

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