UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Latina/Latino Studies<sup>*</sup>

Latina/Latino Studies*

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

College of Arts and Sciences
910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Phone: 716.645.2191
Fax: 716.645.5981
Email: rll-info@buffalo.edu
Web: http://rll.buffalo.edu/rll

Maureen Jameson
Chair

Ram�n E. Soto-Crespo
Program Director
716.645.2191, ext. 1199
rs55@buffalo.edu

About the Program

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Latina/Latino studies is an interdisciplinary program, comprising courses that focus on various aspects of the U.S. Latina/Latino, as well as the Latin American, experience.

The term Latino is inclusive of the diverse Hispanic communities in the United States, such as Chicano, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and others. The program offers an interdisciplinary minor. The course of study combines its Latino courses with offerings from history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and language.

Latina/Latino Studies - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Consultation with the director of the Latina/Latino Studies program and completion of a formal application.
Completion of the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses that count toward the minor in Latina/Latino studies is required.

No more than two courses, used to satisfy the requirements of another major/minor, can be used to also satisfy the requirements of a minor in Latina/Latino studies.

The courses listed are offered on a regular basis to enable students to complete a minor in a timely fashion.

Prerequisite Courses

ENG 277 Introduction to U.S. Latino Literature or LLS 204 Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture

Required Courses

ONE LOWER-DIVISION COURSE*
APY 283 Peasant Societies and Cultures
LLS 200 Black Roots in Spanish American Literature
LLS 204 Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture
LLS 208 Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Literature
SPA 241 Spanish for Bilinguals
WS 219 Women of Color and the American Experience
WS 247 Women in Latin America

FOUR UPPER-DIVISION COURSES*
APY 331 Archaeology of the New World
HIS 322 Latin America: Culture and History
HIS 414 Cuban Revolution
HMN 321 Youth Culture in Latin America
HMN 453 Mexican American Anthology
LLS 301 Ethnicity and the Puerto Rican Experience
LLS 303 Mainland Puerto Rican Experiences
LLS 305 Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion
LLS 307 History of Ideas in Puerto Rico
LLS 308 Black Presence in Latin America
LLS 401 Seminar in Puerto Rican Studies
LLS 402 Puerto Rican Literature
LLS 404 Havana: City and Culture
PHI 356 Latino-Hispanic Thought
PHI 385 Latin American Thought
PSC 329 U.S. Latin American Relations
PSC 372 Latin American Politics
SPA 320 Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPA 328 Spanish American Culture and Civilization
SPA 330 Spanish American Themes
SPA 360 Spanish American Literature in Translation
SPA 416 Spanish American Theatre
SPA 449 Special Topics I (with a Latina/Latino component)
TH 411 Theatre Workshop (with a Latina/Latino component)
WS 315 Cross-Cultural Study of Women (with a Latina/Latino component)

*Courses with appropriate content may be substituted with permission of the program director.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor...18

Course Descriptions

LLS 200 Black Roots in Spanish American Literature

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines literature of the Spanish American black experience by writers of African and European ancestry.

LLS 204 Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/SEM

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Explores dichotomies, such as history and myth, culture and acculturation, and tradition and change in relation to the Puerto Rican experience on the island and on the mainland.

LLS 208 Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Literature

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/SEM

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Studies major Puerto Rican authors of the twentieth century within the framework of historical colonial Puerto Rican reality.

LLS 301 Ethnicity and the Puerto Rican Experience

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Examines class and race as coordinates of the Puerto Rican experience in the world; also considers ethnicity as it relates to the discovery and perception of reality.

LLS 303 Mainland Puerto Rican Experiences

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Examines lifestyle and emerging cultural personality of Puerto Ricans raised on the mainland, as well as Puerto Rican dynamics' role in American social and cultural change.

LLS 305 Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Familiarizes students with the rich cultural syncretisms of Afro-Caribbean culture from a Latin American perspective, challenges the miasma of mysticism surrounding the religions as viewed by developed nations, and provides students with the basic skills necessary to conduct field research from an anthropological perspective.

LLS 307 History of Ideas in Puerto Rico

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Examines sociopolitical ideas that have exerted a decisive influence in the formation of a Puerto Rican culture and conscience from the second half of the nineteenth century to present times.

LLS 308 Black Presence in Latin American Culture

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Considers black presence and black heritage within Latin American culture, viewed through literature, films, art, and the theatre. Also explores stereotypes in arts and the mass media.

LLS 401 Seminar in Puerto Rican Studies

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Special topics pertaining to Puerto Rican and Latin American experiences.

LLS 402 Puerto Rican Literature

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Surveys major issues in Puerto Rican society from the late 1800s to the present as represented in major literary texts from the five literary genres: novel, short story, drama, poetry, and essay. Class, gender, race, and ethnicity are the major topics that inform class readings and discussions. The course's goal is to discover and define what is la puertorrique�idad.

LLS 404 Havana: City and Culture

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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An interdisciplinary course that examines Havana's urban development, from the sixteenth century to the present, as a process that has produced not only a city of universal projections but also a complex symbolic universe that speaks of the struggles and aspirations of its citizenry. Looks at Havana as a complex spatial phenomenon and gives students the basic background they need to understand fundamental political problems in Cuba's history and the intricacies of its socioracial environment.

 

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