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Latina/o Studies
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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
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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.
Central Americans and the United States: Culture, Politics, and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: AMST498C, USLT450 or USLT498D.
Formerly: USLT498D.
With attention to history, memory, politics, and culture, this course examines the relationships, conflicts, and exchanges of people and power between the United States and the Central American isthmus. We will investigate the role of the US government and military, as well as US corporate interests and US-backed dictatorships, in the culture, politics, and economy of nations including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. Through literature, feature films, documentary films, theatre, poetry, and other mediums, the class will analyze responses to this history in Central American cultural productions originating both from the isthmus and from Central Americans living in the United States. In addition to US interventions in the Americas, the course will examine migration from Central America to North America and will conclude by exploring the lives and activities of Central Americans living in the USA.
Cross-listed with AMST498C.
US Latina/o Studies: Special Topics; African American and Latino Social, Cultural and Political Relations: 1940 to Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP498O. Credit granted for USLT498E or AASP498O.

An examination of the social, cultural, and political relationships between African American and Latino/a/x communities. In doing so, we will explore identity conundrums such as what constitutes a Latino/a/x. Who is African American? This nation has rarely seen two groups often lumped together spatially and socially with a rich history of working together towards progress, so divided and contentious. We will also through the analysis of trends look to find points of mutual concern and possible convergence and political coalition. In this course, it will be necessary to examine residential patterns and segregation, as well as learn about Latin American political and racial formation. We also will examine Afro-latinidad, which complicates the sociopolitical landscape and relationship between African American and Latinx communities.
US Latina/o Studies: Special Topics; Spanish for the professions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with SPAN359U. Credit only granted for SPAN359U or USLT498F.

This class introduces you to the histories, struggles, and major issues pertaining to Latina/o/x/e communities in the United States through the lenses of language, expression, and representation. It intends to give you context to work in and with Latine communities. Class readings and discussions will be in Spanish and English. Writing will be in Spanish for Spanish minors and majors and in English for students in other majors. All are welcome!
US Latina/o Studies: Special Topics; Critical Language Pedagogy for Language Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with SPAN687 and USLT498G. Credit only granted for SPAN478P, SPAN687, or USLT498G.

Anchored in a critical interdisciplinary approach focusing on the sociopolitical and ideological dimensions of language, this course offers students the opportunity to explore and apply critical language teaching practices. Through socially responsive pedagogies, students will learn how to promote change towards equity and justice in the (language) classroom and beyond. The course includes a practical final project. Taught (mainly) in Spanish.