Latin American and Latino Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS) is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore the rich heritage and contemporary trends of Latin-based cultures in the United States and beyond.
Many students in the program are heritage speakers of either Spanish or Portuguese. However, anyone able to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is eligible to become an LALS student. Students may pass a language proficiency test or complete the language requirement in one of the above languages. Language study is not counted toward credits for the minor.

Latin American and Latino Studies students greatly benefit from study abroad opportunities, although study abroad is not a requirement. Students interested in taking advantage of this option must make arrangements through MSU's Global Education Center. Students must work with an LALS advisor to select courses and determine methods of evaluation. As many as four courses from the study abroad experience may be used to complete the LALS minor (again, with the exception of language courses). If the student decides to study abroad, the capstone course for the minor, LALS 401, must be taken after the study abroad experience.

LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO STUDIES MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. LALS MINOR REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    LALS 201 Perspectives on Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
    LALS 401 Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies (1 hour lecture, 2 hours other) 3
  2. LALS MINOR ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    1. ELECTIVES

      Complete 9 semester hours - 12 semester hours from the following (must be from at least two different departments):

      1. . (ECON 250 may be taken if topic is appropriate).

        ANTH 150 Cultures of Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 272 Land and Life in Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        EAES 486 Village to Metropolis: Urbanization in Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        INBS 352 Economic Relations in Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        LALS 205 Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
        LALS 290 Selected Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 316 Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 341 Government and Politics of Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        PSYC 245 Hispanic/Latino Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
        RELG 256 Religion in Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. .

        HIST 114 Early Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 115 History of Puerto Rico (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 116 Modern Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 333 History of Brazil (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 339 Seminar in Latin American History (3 hours seminar) 3
        HIST 416 Church and State in Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 430 Revolutions in Latin American History (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. .

        SPAN 363 Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 376 Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 447 Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 448 Contemporary Latin American Poetry (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 449 The Spanish-American Novel (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 466 Contemporary Latin American Theater (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 471 Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel (3 hours lecture) 3
        SPAN 472 Puerto Rican Literature and Thought (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. COLLATERAL ELECTIVE

      Complete 0 semester hours - 3 semester hours from the following: .

      ANTH 180 Health and Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective (3 hours lecture) 3
      CHAD 202 Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare (3 hours lecture) 3
      FCST 418 Working with Diverse Families and Children (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 201 Comparative Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 215 Ethnic Politics in America (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 102 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 220 Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 315 Social Inequality (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH150: Cultures of Latin America (3 hours lecture)

Study of indigenous peoples of Latin America. Surveys earliest evidence of human occupation of Middle and South America and the Caribbean; diverse origins of food production; intellectual achievements; political organization; material contributions to world culture; and aspects of early European contact and conquest. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

ANTH180: Health and Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective (3 hours lecture)

This course examines a variety of medical and healing traditions. It will address the connections between medicine and culture, and relate the medical practices to the cultures that produced them. The course will cover non-western healing systems, such as Traditional Chinese medicine (including herbs & acupuncture), Ayurvedic medicine from India, and Native American shamanism, as well as western biomedicine as a cultural system (or "ethnomedicine"). This course will examine how these different healing systems reflect and are reflections of the social, economic, and political history of a given society and region. Students will apply knowledge of these systems to contemporary social and individual contexts. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

CHAD202: Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare (3 hours lecture)

This course will identify the three components of cultural competency that have been identified in the child welfare field: value base, knowledge, and skills. The course will focus on enabling students to examine the values that are necessary for a culturally competent understanding and response to child welfare, specifically accepting the existence of biases and developing a commitment to a strengths-based model that relies on respect and working toward empowerment as a goal for intervention. Culture is defined broadly, and the course will expose students to a range of belief systems common in different groups concerning child rearing and child maltreatment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

EAES272: Land and Life in Latin America (3 hours lecture)

"Land and Life in Latin America" is a regional survey course that explores and explains the physical-human interface and the constantly changing environmental societal needs. The course focuses on the functional processes that mold contemporary states and regional realignments. Emphasis is upon environmental conservation, demographic transitions, the role of culture and politics to foster a viable ecumene. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course EUGS 208 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNED 199, ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

EAES486: Village to Metropolis: Urbanization in Latin America (3 hours lecture)

Examines urbanization in Latin America from Columbian times to the present. Portuguese and Spanish town planning practices and their evolution into modern times, including their impacts upon evolving urban morphology and subsequent metropolitanization. Previous course EUGS 444 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 363, EAES 380, EAES 385, EAES 386 or departmental approval.

FCST418: Working with Diverse Families and Children (3 hours lecture)

Students study different approaches to working with diverse families and children in human service, community, and educational settings. A particular focus is on skill development for facilitating and leading family conferences in a variety of professional settings. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 315 or FCST 316. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

HIST114: Early Latin America (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide a background in the main issues, themes and events in the history of colonial Latin America, including an introduction to the pre-contact (pre-1492) histories of Spain, Portugal and the Americas. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST115: History of Puerto Rico (3 hours lecture)

The history and culture of Puerto Rico and interaction with Spain, Latin America and the United States. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST116: Modern Latin America (3 hours lecture)

This course offers an introduction to the history of Latin America, with an emphasis on the period since the 1810s. Students unfamiliar with the region should emerge from the course with a firm grounding in the major themes of modern Latin American history. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

HIST333: History of Brazil (3 hours lecture)

Traces the historical development from the pre-historical Indian cultures to the 1970s; covers the social, cultural, political, economic and religious aspects of the largest Latin-American nation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HIST 100; AND HIST 117 OR HIST 118.

HIST339: Seminar in Latin American History (3 hours seminar)

Intensive study of specific periods and/or problems in Latin American history. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HIST 100; AND HIST 117 OR HIST 118.

HIST416: Church and State in Latin America (3 hours lecture)

The Roman Catholic church as the major spiritual institution as well as a cultural, moral, political and economic force in Latin America. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HIST 100; AND HIST 117 OR HIST 118.

HIST430: Revolutions in Latin American History (3 hours lecture)

Examines and compares the causes, course and consequences of three major social revolutions in Latin America: Mexico (1910), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HIST 100; AND HIST 117 OR HIST 118.

INBS352: Economic Relations in Latin America (3 hours lecture)

In the context of global trade and investment initiatives, the course focuses on the motivation and gains from the operating regional trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere. Critical analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Common Market (CACM), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Andean Community (AC), and the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) receive special attention in this course. New initiatives in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and their significance for global integration of Latin America are also highlighted in this course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: INBS 250 or LALS 201. Major within School of Business, Spanish and International Business Minor, Latin American and Latino Studies Minor.

LALS201: Perspectives on Latin America (3 hours lecture)

A multidisciplinary course: emphasis on anthropological, political, economic, cultural, and historical issues. Assume that the "Americas" are a geographic and cultural unit whose apparent diversity represents various indigenous peoples with an overlay of European patterns of colonialism, including slavery. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

LALS205: Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction (3 hours lecture)

An analysis of representations of women in film and fiction with a special focus on the process of identity construction. Representations of women from pre-Columbian times to the present will be studied in relation to their use in the perpetuation of ideologies. Intended as an overview of the social history of women in Latin America. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

LALS290: Selected Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies (3 hours lecture)

Study of selected topics and problems in Latin American and Latino Studies. Topics announced each semester. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits. 3 sh.

LALS401: Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies (1 hour lecture, 2 hours other)

Involves intensive reading, field work and research that focuses on a specific area of Latin American and Latino Studies. Topic must be selected by the instructor; may be a more advanced and centered treatment of a lower level course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LALS 201.

PALG316: Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel (3 hours lecture)

Translating, interpreting and cultural fluency as applied to the legal field and in particular to the role of bilingual paralegals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Fluency in Spanish required.

POLS201: Comparative Politics (3 hours lecture)

Constitutional principles, governmental institutions and political processes of selected contemporary states. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Political Science. 3 sh.

POLS215: Ethnic Politics in America (3 hours lecture)

The political behavior of American ethnic groups from the Puritans to the Puerto Ricans. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS341: Government and Politics of Latin America (3 hours lecture)

Governmental and political development, organization and practices in the states of Central America and South America. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

PSYC245: Hispanic/Latino Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Focuses on the personal, social, institutional and cultural forces that affect the psychology of Hispanic/Latino Americans. The course will cover issues such as the measurement of psychological functions, bilingualism, personal values and belief systems, the dynamics of the family and acculturation. A midterm and a final exam as well as a research paper will be required from students. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

RELG256: Religion in Latin America (3 hours lecture)

A survey of the ways religion, both indigenous and Western, has interacted with culture and society in Latin America. Particular emphasis is given to the diversity of religious expressions, including indigenous religions (Mayan, Aztec, and Quechua), syncretistic religions (i.e., Voodoo and Santeria), alternative and evangelical forms of Christianity, contemporary popular religious expression, and liberation theology. Meets Gen Ed 2002 Requirements - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102. Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

SOCI102: Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture)

The social meaning of race and ethnicity. The social, psychological and structural sources of racism; the consequences of this phenomenon to groups; situation and comparative data. Meets General Education 2002 - Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course SOCI 202 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

SOCI220: Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations (3 hours lecture)

This course deals with the disparity in standards of living among the nations of the world today as well as with the strategies social scientists and social planners have formulated to eradicate poverty where it occurs. This course focuses on the historical, political, economic, cultural, and sociological relationships that have contributed to the current division of labor in the world and world inequalities. Furthermore, it focuses on specific social problems faced by poor nations while comparing social institutions in Western societies with their counterpart in non-Western societies. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or ENWR 106 or HONP 100 or HONP 101 or SOCI 100 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 113 or SOCI 201 or departmental approval.

SOCI315: Social Inequality (3 hours lecture)

The inequalities of social ranking systems in societies. Theoretical and empirical approaches to stratification delineating the variables of power, power elites, class consciousness, alienation and class mobility. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 201 or SOCI 207 or SOCI 208 or SOCI 209 or SOCI 212 or SOCI 215 or SOCI 219 or SOCI 240 or departmental approval.

SPAN363: Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America (3 hours lecture)

This course analyzes themes, topics and problems that are recurrent, but also in the process of change, in significant works of Latin American literature throughout the centuries. Readings will include canonical authors as well as lesser known writers. The focus of this course, as well as the readings, varies according to the instructor. Taught in Spanish. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 241.

SPAN376: Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean (3 hours lecture)

This course analyzes selected literary texts, films, and music from Latin America and the Caribbean that grapple such events and issues as the icons of culture; culture as commodity; culture as a site of resistance; and everyday cultural practices. Discussion will focus on theories about the nation, the role of national icons in the formation of cultural identity, cultural practices such as football, the bolero and Latin American telenovelas or soap operas, and the role of television and film. Students will be exposed to the cultural complexities of Latin America and the Caribbean and the relationship between "high" and "low" culture; oral culture and written culture; rural culture and urban culture; and the problems facing Latin America and the Caribbean today. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 232 or SPAN 241.

SPAN447: Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story (3 hours lecture)

Trends in the contemporary short story; the short story as an important genre in Spanish-American letters. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN448: Contemporary Latin American Poetry (3 hours lecture)

This course examines contemporary Latin American poetry and changing poetic movements from the Avant-garde through to the Neo-romantic and Neo-baroque. It explores the role of philosophy, religion, and myth in the elaboration of a poetic language. Students will investigate and approach the intricacies of diverse Latin American poetic strategies in the context of different critical practices. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN449: The Spanish-American Novel (3 hours lecture)

Development of the Spanish-American novel up to 1945. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN466: Contemporary Latin American Theater (3 hours lecture)

Through critical reading of a corpus of works in contemporary Latin American theater, students will examine recurring themes of absolute power versus the quest for social justice, the colonial legacy and the forging of national identity, the power of language and the role of art in theater's trajectory over the course of the twentieth century. Major playwrights such as Rodolfo Usigli, Griselda Gambaro and Luis Rafael Sanchez are studied within the framework of contemporary theories of performance and reception in Latin America. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN471: Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel (3 hours lecture)

The contemporary novel in Spanish America, with emphasis on the "Nueva Novela". 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.

SPAN472: Puerto Rican Literature and Thought (3 hours lecture)

Insight into the literature and philosophy of the Caribbean Hispanic world; contemporary Puerto Rican writers and the emergent Puerto Rican influence in the United States metropolitan areas. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 363.