Major 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 United States 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 units

Latin American survey courses

Students must complete HIST 150 and one of the following two courses:

LLAS 151/HIST 151Modern Latin America

4 units

POLS 221Latin American Politics

4 units

U.S. Latino survey courses:

Students must take the following two courses:

LLAS 202Latina/o Cultural and Intellectual History

4 units

LLAS 205/POLS 205Latino/a Politics

4 units

Additional Electives:

Students must also select four additional electives from the following list of courses (not counting courses used to satisfy the "Latin American survey"   requirement above). Two of these must be at the 300 level. One of the four electives must be an arts or humanities course. 

LLAS 102/MUSC 102Music of Latin America

4 units

LLAS 151/HIST 151Modern Latin America

4 units

LLAS 210/SOC 210The Struggle for Human Rights in Mexico

4 units

LLAS 213/EDUC 213Chicano Education

4 units

LLAS 250Dialogue on Critical Latinx/Latin American Issues

4 units

LLAS 252/HIST 252Religion in Mexico, PreColumbian Times to Present

4 units

LLAS 258/HIST 258Mexican Politics in the Twentieth Century

4 units

LLAS 260/AMST 260United States Latino Literature and Cultural Studies

4 units

LLAS 303/THEA 303Latina/o Theater

4 units

LLAS 335/SOC 335Democratizing Latin America

4 units

LLAS 355/HIST 355Indians of Mexico

4 units

LLAS 385/PSYC 385Chicanx in Contemporary United States Society

4 units

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

4 units

DWA 240Comparative Revolutions

4 units

ECON 324The Economics of Immigration

4 units

HIST 300History Colloquium

4 units

HIST 354The History of Race in Latin America

4 units

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4 units

MUSC 385Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music

4 units

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

4 units

POLS 221Latin American Politics

4 units

RELS 228Chican@ Religious Identities

4 units

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

4 units

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

4 units

SPAN 303Introduction to Modern Latin American Literature and Civilization

4 units

SPAN 309Latin American Writers in Spain

4 units

SPAN 313Latin American Film and Culture

4 units

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

4 units

SPAN 363Hispanic Autobiography

4 units

SPAN 370The Jungle in Modern Latin American Literature

4 units

SPAN 377Magical Realism in Latin America

4 units

SPAN 383Survey of Chicano Literature

4 units

Senior Seminar

LLAS 490Senior Seminar

4 units

SECOND-STAGE WRITING REQUIREMENT

The second-stage writing requirement for the LLAS major may be satisfied by taking any of the elective courses listed below and earning the grade of B- or better. 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.

LLAS 335/SOC 335Democratizing Latin America

4 units

HIST 300History Colloquium

4 units

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4 units

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

4 units

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

4 units

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.