Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

HIST 178
Colonial Latin American History

An introduction to the creation and rule of Colonial Latin America between the 15th and 19th centuries. Emphasis is on the patterns of conquest and cultural encounter, mechanisms of colonial rule, interaction between ethnic groups, and the cultural impact of the colonial experience upon Latin America’s peoples. (G&C) Units: 6.

HIST 179
Modern Latin American History, 1821-Present

An introduction to Latin America, from 1821 to the present. Focus is placed on new nations as they struggle to create themselves, and weather the challenges of external influence. Emphasis on how Latin America has developed ethnically, politically, and economically and how these factors affect its position in the world today. (G&C) Units: 6.

HIST 371
The Rise and Fall of American Empires: The Americas, from the Beginnings Through the Conquest

A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya civilizations, focusing on cultural and technological development. Additional focus is on pre-columbian cultural succession, imperial expansion of the Aztec and Incan empires, and native participation in the conquest. (G&C) Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

HIST 378
Ethnicity in Latin America

Explores the coming together of distinct Native, African, and European ethnicities in Latin America, and the resulting creation of new ethnicities. We examine how race has been understood in Latin American history and how attitudes toward race have fundamentally shaped the history of the region. (G&C) Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; HIST 178 or HIST 179 recommended
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 325

SPAN 400
Latin American Civilization and Culture

A broad introduction to the culture of the Latin American continent and its relations to North American culture. The course presents Latin American civilization, history, economic and political situation, and diverse culture. Emphasis is placed on high cultural manifestations such as art and literature, as well as on the everyday habits of the people. Recommended for students who plan to participate in one of our study-abroad programs in Latin America. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 480

SPAN 410
Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Latin America

A critical analysis of current events in Latin America with a focus on gender and political issues. Through films, magazine articles, fiction, and selected radio and television broadcasts from Latin America, students will study major events that relate and give expression to the cultural mores of Latin Americans within the realm of gender and politics. The course allows students to continue to develop their oral communication skills in the target language and, with a wide range of topics and interests, to work toward an understanding of gender issues and political events that have shaped and transformed Latin America. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Gender Studies 410

HIST 422
Revolt and Revolution in Latin America

This seminar investigates resistance in its many forms in Latin American history. Attention to abstract notions of “revolution”  will be complemented by evaluating how particular episodes of violent unrest in Latin America have served as the tools of both the weak and the powerful. (G&C) Fulfills seminar requirement. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing and HIST 178 or 179, or consent of the instructor

SPAN 520
Survey of Latin American Literature I

A study of texts from Pre-Columbian and Spanish-speaking cultures from the 15th to 19th centuries, the period of “discovery writing” of Spanish colonies in Latin America, focusing on development and elaboration of genres and on the search for cultural and political emancipation from Spain. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

SPAN 521
Survey of Latin American Literature II

A study of major Latin American writers and literary movements from the period of Independence (ca. 1810) to the 20th century. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 400-level Spanish course, its equivalent, or consent of instructor

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