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Latino Studies (LATS)
  • LATS-L 101 Introduction to Latino Studies (3 cr.) General inquiry into the historical and cultural heritage of Latinos who have lived or currently live in what is today the United States. Through readings and discussions, the course studies the varied histories of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latin American peoples in the United States. 
  • LATS-L 350 Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies: Latinos in the US: Origins and Prospects (3 cr.) Seeks to provide a thorough understanding of the questions of "who, why, when, and what (can we expect)" that underlies the Latino population's arrival and experience in the United States. The class aims to illuminate such questions about Latinos as to where do they come from, why are they here, where have they settled in the US (and why there), what has been their experience, and what can they expect in the future. We will find that while, by definition, they come from a common part of the world (Central and South America, the Caribbean, or more basically, Latin America) their origins are more disparate than commonly conceived and their prospects are uncertain. What is eminently clear is that they are here to stay, can be an enormous force for good or ill, and will play an increasingly critical role in our nation's political, social, and economic life. 
  • LATS-L 228 AN INTERDISCIPLINARY LOOK AT U.S. LATINO/A IDENTITIES (3 cr.) Exploration of historical and contemporary constructions of Latino/a identities and experiences in the U.S. Emphasizes trans-cultural social contexts, racial formations, and intersections with other identities, including class, sexuality, and gender. 
  • LATS-L 396 Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies: Latinos in the US: Origins and Prospects (3 cr.) Study of historical and current issues affecting Latino communities and Latino integration into U.S. mainstream society. Topics may vary.