Programs by Campus
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- LTAM–C 501 Elementary Haitian Creole I (3 cr.) Introduction to Haitian Creole, the vernacular language of Haiti spoken by over 9 million people; conversational drills; grammatical explanations and exercises; listening comprehension training; aspects of Haitian culture.
- LTAM–C 502 Elementary Haitian Creole II (3 cr.) P: Grade of C or better in C101/501 or equivalent proficiency. Elementary Haitian Creole II focuses on reading non-specialized texts and learning about the rich, African-based folk culture and religion of the world’s first black republic.
- LTAM–L 500 Contemporary Mexico (3 cr.) Places contemporary Mexico in historical perspective, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include the causes and consequences of the 1910 revolution, the position of the Indian, the political system, problems of dependent economic growth, cultural values and social change, and relations with the U.S. from a Mexican viewpoint.
- LTAM–L 501 Seminar: Contemporary Latin America (3–4 cr.) At least two regions will be studied: one topic for each region, or one topic for the two regions. Regions to be cycled: Mexico, Caribbean and Central America, Andean countries, Southern Cone, Brazil. May be repeated once for credit.
- LTAM–L 502 Contemporary Brazil (3 cr.) A survey of the culture of Brazil today: people, politics, religion, education, agriculture, industrial development, literature, music, and art. Lectures by members of various departments and visiting scholars. All reading in English.
- LTAM–L 503 Contemporary Central America (3 cr.) Analyzes the contemporary conflicts in Central America by placing them in historical perspective. Includes such topic as the relation between socioeconomic structures and politics, the impact of World War II and agro-export development, agrarian reform, revolution, democratization, and relations with the United States.
- LTAM–L 520 New Latin American Cinema (3 cr.) Survey of Latin American film from the 1950s to the present. Taught in English, the course is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, emphasizing the socioeconomic and political issues that gave rise to a specific movement.
- LTAM–L 524 Contemporary Peru and Chile (3 cr.) Preconquest and colonial history of Peru. Multidisciplinary examination of twentieth-century culture. Colonial and nineteenth-century history of Chile. Contemporary culture with emphasis on development since World War II.
- LTAM–L 525 Seminar in Latino and Latin American Research Issues (3 cr.) P: Graduate status or permission of instructor. A dialogue between Latin American and Latino studies specialists that will identify topics, areas, and techniques improved by explicit consideration of the other. Migration is one example of a topic that can be fully understood only by examining circumstances from both perspectives.
- LTAM–L 526 Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1–4 cr.) Intensive study and analysis of selected Latin American and Caribbean studies problems of limited scope within an interdisciplinary format. Topics will vary and will ordinarily cut across fields, regions, or periods. May be repeated for credit.
- LTAM–L 527 Latin American and Caribbean Languages (1–4 cr.) Languages of Latin America and the Caribbean, other than Spanish and Portuguese. May be repeated with a different language or higher level for a maximum of six credit hours in any one language.
- LTAM–L 727 Latin American and Caribbean Languages (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Advanced study in one of the less commonly taught languages of Latin America or the Caribbean.
- LTAM–L 803 Individual Readings in Latin American Studies (1–6 cr.) Draws upon materials from anthropology, business, economics, education, folklore and ethnomusicology, geography, history, political science, sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese literature. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits (or 10 credits if 6 are used for the thesis option).
- LTAM–M 501 Yucatec Maya I (3 cr.) Introduction to Yucatec Maya language and culture. Yucatec Maya is an indigenous language of Mexico spoken by close to one million people; basic grammatical structures and vocabulary; conversational drills; and lessons on historical and cultural context.
- LTAM–M 502 Yucatec Maya II (3 cr.) P: Grade of C or higher in M501 or equivalent proficiency. The second semester of Yucatec Maya emphasizes vocabulary-building, simple conversation, beginning writing, and common grammatical patterns.
- LTAM–Q 501 Quechua I (3 cr.) Introduction to Quechua, spoken by over 13 million people across the Andean nations of South America; basic grammar and vocabulary; an introduction to the culture and history of the Andean region.
- LTAM–Q 502 Quechua II (3 cr.) P: Grade of C or higher in Q501 or equivalent proficiency. Part II of first-year Quechua, this course builds on the basic vocabulary and grammar lessons of Quechua I and introduces further aspects of Andean culture and history.
- LTAM–Q 601 Quechua III: Intermediate Quechua (3 cr.) P: Grade of C or higher in Q502 or equivalent proficiency. Intermediate Quechua focuses on more advanced grammatical constructions; vocabulary building; conversational drills; reading/writing Quechua texts.
- LTAM–Q 602 Quechua IV: Advanced Quechua (3 cr.) P: Grade of C or higher in Q601 or equivalent proficiency. Advanced Quechua offers serious students the opportunity to refine their conversational skills, practice more extensive reading/writing of Quechua texts, and deepen their knowledge of the Andean region. For courses in other departments acceptable for degree and certificate requirements, consult the director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
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