Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Overview

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies (LLAS) major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the societies and cultures of Latin America and the Latino and Chicano experience in the United States. By extending the study of "Latin America" beyond the geopolitical borders of the region to include the Caribbean and the United States, the major emphasizes the importance of migrations, interethnic interactions, and cultural exchanges of Indigenous, European, African, and Asian peoples throughout the Americas. The LLAS program engages students with a variety of perspectives on the socio-political complexities and cultural traditions of the Americas, and the historical development of unique regional societies and cultures. The transnational perspective of our curriculum distinguishes the LLAS major from more traditional area studies programs.

Students in the major develop proficiency in Spanish and take courses from a broad range of academic disciplines and departments, including history, Spanish, sociology, English, music, politics, economics, psychology, and education. LLAS majors are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad and summer research programs in Latin America or Spain. Our program also encourages students to engage in community-based learning through the different activities available in the Latino and Latin American communities that are integral to the city of Los Angeles. The major prepares students for graduate school as well as for a variety of career paths, including community organizing, social work, education, public history (museums and cultural centers), government, law, public service, and business.

Requirements

COURSEWORK

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies Major requires ten courses (40 units) plus SPAN 202 OR SPAN 211. Students are strongly encouraged to take a one unit-course in U.S. Latino or Latin American Performance Art (Music or Dance) before they graduate. The ten course distribution requirements are:

Introductory course:

LLAS 101Introduction to Latina/o and Latin American Studies

4

Latin American History and Politics courses

Students must complete two of the following (or alternately numbered course in Latin American Politics):

HIST 150Colonial Latin America

4

HIST 151Modern Latin America

4

POLS 221Latin American Politics

4

Latino Studies:

Students must select two courses in U.S. Latino Studies from the list below:

AMST 260United States Latino Literature and Cultural Studies

4

EDUC 213Chicano Education

4

ECON 324The Economics of Immigration

4

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4

MUSC 385Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music

4

PSYC 385Chicanx in Contemporary United States Society

4

SOC 420Immigration to the United States From Mexico and Central America

4

SPAN 383Survey of Chicano Literature

4

300-level Spanish course

Students must complete one 300-level Spanish class  (or the equivalent in a study abroad course) OR a third U.S. Latino Studies course.

SPAN 202Advanced Spanish

4

SPAN 211Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers

4


Additional Electives:

Students must also select three additional electives (not counting the two mandatory courses for the History and Politics requirement), from the list of courses below, including at least one 300 level course. In the interests of interdisciplinarity, no more than two electives may be taken from the same department.

AMST 295Topics in American Studies

4

ECON 324The Economics of Immigration

4

EDUC 213Chicano Education

4

ENGL 365Contemporary Literature

4

DWA 237Cuba, Vietnam, China: Communism in a Post-Communist World

4

DWA 240Comparative Revolutions

4

HIST 150Colonial Latin America

4

HIST 151Modern Latin America

4

HIST 252Religion in Mexico, PreColumbian Times to Present

4

HIST 258Mexican Politics in the Twentieth Century

4

HIST 300History Colloquium

4

HIST 354The History of Race in Latin America

4

HIST 355Indians of Mexico

4

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4

MUSC 102Music of Latin America

4

MUSC 385Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music

4

MUSC 386Performance and Politics of the United States-Mexico Border

4

POLS 221Latin American Politics

4

PSYC 385Chicanx in Contemporary United States Society

4

RELS 228Chican@ Religious Identities

4

SOC 210The Struggle for Human Rights in Mexico

4

SOC 335Democratizing Latin America

4

SOC 420Immigration to the United States From Mexico and Central America

4

SPAN 301Introduction to Pre-Columbian Colonial Latin American Literature and Civilization

4

SPAN 303Introduction to Modern Latin American Literature and Civilization

4

SPAN 309Latin American Writers in Spain

4

SPAN 313Latin American Film and Culture

4

SPAN 314Latin American Women's Voices in Fiction and Film

4

SPAN 363Hispanic Autobiography

4

SPAN 378/379Buenos Aires in Fiction and Film

4

SPAN 382Contemporary Mexican Novel

4

THEA 303Latina/o Theater

4

In the interests of interdisciplinarity, no more than two electives may be taken from the same department.

Senior Seminar

LLAS 490Senior Seminar

4

WRITING REQUIREMENT

The third year writing requirement for the LLAS major may be satisfied by taking any of the elective courses listed below. Course offerings will vary by year, so if a student is not able to take a designated course (due to study abroad, exceeding the departmental elective limit, etc), he or she can petition in advance to take an alternate course.

HIST 300History Colloquium

4

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4

MUSC 386Performance and Politics of the United States-Mexico Border

4

SOC 335Democratizing Latin America

4

SOC 420Immigration to the United States From Mexico and Central America

4

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT

To satisfy the comprehensive requirement students will produce a Senior thesis in the Senior Seminar. Declared majors propose the topic of their thesis before the end of their Junior year. The thesis is a research based essay of approximately 30 pages integrating both primary and secondary source materials. Successful completion of the Senior thesis along with a public presentation of it in the spring semester will satisfy the LLAS comprehensive requirement.

Minor Requirements

Six courses are required to complete the LLAS minor. One course must be at the 300-level.

COURSEWORK

Language Requirement

To satisfy this requirement students must complete one of the following:

SPAN 202Advanced Spanish

4

SPAN 211Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers

4

Introductory course:

LLAS 101Introduction to Latina/o and Latin American Studies

4

Latin American History and Politics courses

Students must complete one of the following:

HIST 150Colonial Latin America

4

HIST 151Modern Latin America

4

POLS 221Latin American Politics

4

Latino Studies:

Students must select two courses from the list below:

EDUC 213Chicano Education

4

ECON 324The Economics of Immigration

4

ENGL 365Contemporary Literature

4

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4

MUSC 385Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music

4

PSYC 385Chicanx in Contemporary United States Society

4

SOC 420Immigration to the United States From Mexico and Central America

4

SPAN 383Survey of Chicano Literature

4

Additional Elective

Students must select one additional Latin American Studies course from the lists above.

Courses

Latino/a and Latin American Studies Courses

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Lisa Sousa, chair

Professor, History; Chair, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Advisory Committee

Adelaida López

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Shanna Lorenz

Assistant Professor, Music

B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., New York University

Jennifer Piscopo

Assistant Professor, Politics; Advisory Committee, Latin American and Latino/a Studies

B.A., Wellesley; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Dolores Trevizo

Professor, Sociology; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Raul Villa

Professor, English; Advisory Committee, American Studies; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., Yale University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz

Affiliated Faculty

Elizabeth Braker

Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Kinesiology; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., Colorado College; Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Lan T. Chu

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University

Robert Ellis

Norman Bridge Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Salvador Fernández

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., UCLA

Jorge González

VP for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, and Professor, Economics

B.A., Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Felisa Guillén

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.A., M.A., University of Madrid; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara

Sanjeev Khagram

John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy

B.A.; M.A.; Ph.D. Stanford

Mary Lopez

Associate Professor, Economics; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

John McCormack

Assistant Professor, Biology; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Richard Mora

Associate Professor, Sociology; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a & Latin American Studies

B.A., Harvard College (Sociology); M.A., University of Michigan (Education); M.A., Harvard University (Sociology); Ph.D., Harvard University (Sociology & Social Policy)

Alexandra Puerto

Associate Professor, History; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.B.A., New School for Social Research; M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., UC Davis

Jaclyn Rodríguez

Professor, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Michael Shelton

Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Cognitive Science; Affiliated Faculty, Linguistics; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language

B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Ronald Solórzano

Professor, Education; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies

B.S., M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., UCLA