Major and Minor Curriculum

Major and Minor Curriculum



Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latinx Studies

This major explores the context and forces that have shaped the experiences of members of Latin American societies and U.S. Latinx communities. The major engages students in the interdisciplinary study of the political, historical, socio-economic and cultural possibilities and obstacles for achieving social justice and equity; cross-cultural and intercultural understanding; respect for human integrity and dignity; and awareness of political and human rights. Students will gain an integrated understanding of two fields of growing significance: Latin American studies and the study of Latinx in the United States. (Admissions Information).
Major Advisor: Professor Brian Montes, 212.237.6809

Latin American and Latinx Studies Minor

This multi-disciplinary minor and program includes courses in the areas of history, culture, law, psychology, sociology, politics and literature relating to the experience of Puerto Rican/Latinx in the United States and of Latin Americans in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Minor Advisor: Professor Brian Montes, 212.237.6809

Latin American and Latinx Studies Honors Minor

This minor seeks to encourage and assist students enrolled to excel in all their courses by providing research and writing skills workshops as well as workshops about graduate and law school studies. Coursework is centered on Latin America and the Caribbean, Latinx in the United States as well as race and ethnicity generally in the United States. For more details contact the minor advisor.
Honors Minor Advisor: Professor Brian Montes, 212.237.6809

Minor in Latinx Literature

This minor examines U.S. Latinx authors writing in English and focuses on the four major U.S. Latinx groups – Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican – as well as other significant U.S. Latinx populations – Colombian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan. While applying literary criticism and taking an interdisciplinary approach, which may also include the study of music, religion, politics, film, and the visual arts, this minor provides a well–rounded understanding of the cultural elements that contribute to U.S. Latinx Literature. In addition, this minor will enable students to develop the critical reading and writing skills essential for graduate study and careers in the law, education, public policy, writing, and government. Among the broad issues this minor will address include the following: diaspora; bilingual aesthetics; street literature; criminal and social justice; border narratives, citizenship, and the law; experiences of exile; Afro–Latinidad; Latina feminisms; queer identities; orality; and ethnicity.Minor Advisor: Professor Belinda Rincón, 212.237.8650

 

UPCOMING FALL 2020 COURSES and Course Descriptions

LLS 124

M/W – 1st period 

8:00am – 9:15am

Professor E. Lopez


M/W – 3rd period

10:50am – 12:05pm

Professor S. Santiago


M/W – 4th period

12:15pm – 1:30pm 

Professor S. Santiago


M/W – 6th period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor S. Santiago


T/TH – 1st period 

8:00am – 9:15am 

Professor E. Marte


T/TH – 5th period 

3:05pm – 4:20pm

Professor D. Shaw

Latinx Communities in the United States  
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Latin American and Latinx Studies focusing on the establishment and development of the diverse Latinx communities in the United States through the processes of migration, colonization, racialization, and integration. Students will explore the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality through such topics as identity formation, language rights, economic and political participation, transnationalism, law and civil rights and social justice movements.

LLS  130

M/W – 2nd period 

9:25am – 10:40am 

Professor J. Gutierrez


M/W – 3rd period  

10:50am – 12:05pm

Professor J. Gutierrez


M/W – 6th period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm 

Professor N. Roman


T/TH – 3rd period  

10:50am – 12:05pm

Professor L. Pérez


T/TH – 6th period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor J. Rodriguez


T/TH – 7th period  

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor J. Rodriguez

 

Introduction to Latin American History 
This is a survey course spanning Latin America’s history from the pre-Columbian period to the recent past.  Focus is on the origins and development of Latin American social, political and economic systems, Amerindian and African peoples, the legacies of colonialism and slavery, the pursuit of nationhood and identity, the persistence of inequality, and the role of the United States in shaping the destiny of the region.

 

 

LLS 203

T/TH – 6th period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm 

Professor I. Martinez

 

U.S. Latinx Identity in the 21st Century

This course is an interdisciplinary and comparative study of Latinx peoples in the United States and the factors that shape both their group identities as well as individual identities. The course will focus on factors including imperialism, colonialism, racialization, assimilation, immigration, transnationalism, regionalism, etc. and how they have shaped pan-Latinx identity as well as the identity of ethnoracial groups including Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Colombians, and other ethnoracial groups from Central and South America in the United States.

 

LLS 220

T/TH – 2nd period 

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor J. Morín

Human Rights and Law in Latin America
A comparative study of human rights policies, procedures, legislation and practices in Latin American countries. The impact of international and national conventions, bills and laws on the present observance of these rights. Inquiry into morality, social justice, social and professional ethics.

*This course can be taken to satisfy requirements for the International Criminal Justice major.

 

LLS 242

M/W – 4th Period 

12:15pm – 1:30pm 

Professor J. Gutierrez


T/TH – 1st period 

8:00am – 9:25am

Professor L. Barrios


T/ TH – 3rd period 

10:50am – 12:05pm 

Professor L. Barrios

 

U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
(Same course as GOV 242 and POL 242 and HIS 242)
U.S. economic and political relations with Latin American countries during the 19th and 20th centuries. U.S. reactions to reform and revolutionary movements. The ideological framework of U.S. foreign policy.

LLS 245

T/TH – 2nd period 

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor A. Santiago

 

Dominican Society and Identity 

Introduction to historical, economic, political and social processes, which have contributed to the development of Dominican culture. Factors contributing to immigration, settlement patterns and social adaptation in the United States will be explored.

LLS 263

M/W – 7th Period 

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor E. Morales

Blacks in Latin America
An examination of the legacies of slavery and the Haitian Revolution in shaping the Black experience in Latin American societies, including the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Honduras. This course focuses on Afro-Latin Americans' construction of identity, race relations, sociocultural and political activities in different societies; and the contributions of people of African descent to Latin American societies and national identities. Readings are drawn from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

 

LLS 315

 

T/TH – 5th period 

3:05pm – 4:20pm

Professor L. Perez 

*Permission Required*

Research Methods in Latin American and Latinx Studies

   

This multidisciplinary course is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to critically evaluate and use the range of methodological approaches and data sources most commonly used to study Latin America and U.S. Latinx communities. The course includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches used in the social sciences, humanities, and the legal profession. The course will also guide the student through the process of conceptualizing and crafting a prospectus in his or her area of interest that will be used to conduct research during the Senior Seminar.

 

LLS 321

FULLY ONLINE

Professor R. Roure 

*Permission Required*

Latinx Community Fieldwork

Community organization theory as it applies to the Latinx communities in the United States. The study of Latinx groups, agencies, organizations and movements. Students perform supervised community service and/or study one of the following areas: 1) work with community groups, agencies, organizations and movements organized to solve specific community problems; and 2) work in governmental rehabilitation and adjustment projects.

 

LLS 322

M/W – 3rd period

10:50am – 12:05pm

Professor E. Lopez

*Permission Required*


M/W – 4th period

11:15am – 1:30pm

Professor E. Lopez

*Permission Required*


M/W – 8th period

7:20pm – 8:35pm

Professor N. Roman


T/TH – 7th period

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor S. Oboler


Fri – 5th & 6th periods 

3:05pm – 5:45pm

Professor J. Rodriguez

 

Latinx Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Latinx during the Civil Rights period. It focuses on the Latinx social movements during the 1960s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latinx and other racial minorities in the U.S. Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant rights; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latinx and African American alliance building; Latinx citizenship and the military, and gender values and sexuality.

 

 

LLS 325

M/W – 7th period

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor N. Escalera


T/TH – 1st period 

8:00am – 9:15am

Professor N. Escalera


T/TH – 4th period

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Professor N. Escalera

*Permission Required*


Fri – 3rd & 4th periods 

10:50am  – 1:30 pm

Professor A. Bordoni

 

The Latinx Experience of Criminal Justice 

This course analyzes the criminal justice system and its impact on the lives and communities of Latinx and other groups in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on Latinx human and civil rights and the role that race, ethnicity, gender and class play in the criminal justice system. Interdisciplinary readings and class discussions center on issues such as the over-representation of Latinx and racial minorities in the criminal justice system; law and police community relations; racial profiling; stop and frisk policies; immigration status; detentions and deportations; Latinx youth; media representations; gangs; and access to education and employment and the school-to-prison-pipeline.

LLS 341

T/TH – 6th period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor S. Oboler

Immigrant Rights in the Americas

Globalization has increased the fear of foreigners, leading to debates on immigrant rights in all parts of the world and raising the question of who gets to belong to a given society. We begin by exploring the reception of foreigners in different nations, including immigrants in the Americas. We then assess the factors that lead Latin Americans to leave their homelands, and examine the ways that immigrants' national origins, race, class, and gender shape and differentiate their experiences in U.S. society. Finally, we focus on the changing relationship between legal status and access to rights in the United States. This course aims to provide students with the conceptual and empirical arguments necessary to assess and debate the issue of immigrant rights in the Americas today.

 

LLS 356

T/TH – 2nd period 

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor L. Barrios

Terror and Transitional Justice in Latin America

This course explores the field of transitional justice as it addresses past state violence and genocide. The course will move from an exploration of background material examining the Cold War years in Latin America to providing an in-depth analysis of the role played by truth commissions, and other strategies such as war tribunals, which seek justice and reconciliation in divided societies. We will question the root causes of violence, examine national and transnational actors, and conclude with a discussion of research methodologies used when documenting human rights abuses. The question of "forgiveness" will be also explored in the context of redress for wrongdoings.

 

LLS 364

Section 01

M/W – 7th period

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor R. Perez

 

Ethical Strains in U.S. Latina/o Literature
This course will use Latina/o literature to examine the beliefs that instruct individuals' moral judgments and actions. Through a range of literary texts students will discuss the social and political issues that confront Latina/o communities: the psychological consequences of colonialism; the moral dilemmas surrounding immigration; the epistemological violence of racism and sexism; and the cultural norms that inform or constrain personal conduct. Specific topics will vary based on the instructor's specialization and will cover a range of theoretical approaches to the study of moral inquiry in Latina/o literature.