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Latina/o Studies
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U.S. Latina/o Studies I: An Historical Overview to the 1960's
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Interdisciplinary course focusing on demographics, terminology and social constructs of race, class, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, and sexuality associated with the historical and political roots of US Latinidades. Examines the formation, evolution an adaptation of US Latina/o communities as critical field of inquiry.
Topics in U.S. Latina/o; Forging the Tortilla Curtain: US-Mexico Borderlands History, 1800-Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as USLT318C. Credit granted for HIST328A or USLT318C.

The historical roots of the U.S.-Mexico border and borderlands landscape, 1800-present. Emphasis on the creation and militarization of the U.S.-MX border, the effects of border-making and free-enterprise on borderlands society, the development of U.S. immigration policy at the U.S.-MX border, the challenges of globalization, and the Mexican migration experience.
Topics in U.S. Latina/o; Latinidad: History, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Place Across the Life Course
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as WMST379D. Credit granted for USLT318D or WMST379D. As of 2012, Hispanics and Latinos make up about 17% of the total U.S. population. Significant within group differences exist by national origin, place of birth, socioeconomic status in country of origin, racial phenotype, and educational attainment of family of origin. In this course, students will become informed on the historicity and heterogeneity within and among Latino subgroups by gender, race, nativity and class; become familiar with the contemporary theoretical discourse on understanding the social location of Latino/Hispanic subgroups including diasporic immigration patterns; and, critically analyze and understand the interplay of ethnicity, race, gender and class in formation and civic and political participation.
Special Topics in U.S. Latina/o; Afro-Latinx Diasporas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST328E. Credit granted for USLT319A or AMST328E.

Students will examine the history of the African diaspora and the Afro-Latinx populations in the United States. Explores transnational migrations, comparative slave systems, labor, community formation, gender, sexuality, popular culture, and the changing meanings of blackness and latinidad.
Advanced Topics in U.S. Latina/o; Central American Diasporas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as USLT418C. Credit granted for SPAN408R or USLT418C.

Focus is placed on Central American Diasporas in the context of modern Central American societies, histories, (geo)politics, social and revolutionary movements, and cultural and literary production. It offers students an opportunity to learn more about Central America and its diasporic communities within and beyond the isthmus. Located between oceans, continents, and worldviews, the Central American isthmus has been a site of dispersion and cross-pollination of flora, fauna, peoples, cultures, and stories within and outside of the region. Covering El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and their translocations, we will study representative Central American texts and critical diasporic literature in relation to exile, (im)migration, war, genocide, violence, transnationalism, globalization, among other topics.
US Latina/o Studies: Special Topics; Central Americans and the United States: Culture, Politics, and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AMST498C. Credit granted for USLT498D or AMST498C.
US Latina/o Studies: Special Topics; Globalization and the Diversifying US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST498W and IMMR419J. Credit granted for USLT498N, AMST498W, or IMMR419J. Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.