Courses & Programs

Introduction to Latino Studies [C]

COURSE CODE: SPA 110

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the major Latino communities in the United States. The course will study the predominant US Latino groups, such as Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans while incorporating the experience of groups with ties to Central America, South America, and the rest of the Caribbean. Students will engage in a critical examination of a wide selection of materials ranging from visual art, literature, film, and documentary to historical, cultural, political, economic, and sociological texts. Students will build a foundation of knowledge from the intersection of these interdisciplinary viewpoints and academic methodologies. The course will examine colonialism in the Americas in relation to contemporary artistic representations, social identities, cultural practices, structural inequalities and immigration patterns in an effort to place the experience of the diverse Latino populations through this academically expansive perspective. Taught in English. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101