Major and Minor Curriculum

Major and Minor Curriculum



Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latinx Studies

This major explores the context and forces that have shaped the experiences of members of Latin American societies and U.S. Latinx communities. The major engages students in the interdisciplinary study of the political, historical, socio-economic and cultural possibilities and obstacles for achieving social justice and equity; cross-cultural and intercultural understanding; respect for human integrity and dignity; and awareness of political and human rights. Students will gain an integrated understanding of two fields of growing significance: Latin American studies and the study of Latinx in the United States. (Admissions Information).
Major Advisor: Professor Brian Montes, 212.237.6809

Latin American and Latinx Studies Minor

This multi-disciplinary minor and program includes courses in the areas of history, culture, law, psychology, sociology, politics and literature relating to the experience of Puerto Rican/Latinx in the United States and of Latin Americans in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Minor Advisor: Professor Brian Montes, 212.237.6809

Latin American and Latinx Studies Honors Minor

This minor seeks to encourage and assist students enrolled to excel in all their courses by providing research and writing skills workshops as well as workshops about graduate and law school studies. Coursework is centered on Latin America and the Caribbean, Latinx in the United States as well as race and ethnicity generally in the United States. For more details contact the minor advisor.
Honors Minor Advisor: Professor Brian Montes, 212.237.6809

Minor in Latinx Literature

This minor examines U.S. Latinx authors writing in English and focuses on the four major U.S. Latinx groups – Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican – as well as other significant U.S. Latinx populations – Colombian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan. While applying literary criticism and taking an interdisciplinary approach, which may also include the study of music, religion, politics, film, and the visual arts, this minor provides a well–rounded understanding of the cultural elements that contribute to U.S. Latinx Literature. In addition, this minor will enable students to develop the critical reading and writing skills essential for graduate study and careers in the law, education, public policy, writing, and government. Among the broad issues this minor will address include the following: diaspora; bilingual aesthetics; street literature; criminal and social justice; border narratives, citizenship, and the law; experiences of exile; Afro–Latinidad; Latina feminisms; queer identities; orality; and ethnicity.Minor Advisor: Professor Belinda Rincón, 212.237.8650

 

Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies

SPRING 2022 COURSES

LLS 124

Section 01

M/W – 1st Period 

8:00am – 9:15am 

Professor Torres

In Person


Section 02

Mondays – 7th Period

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Prof. Restrepo-Serrano

In Person


Section 03

T/TH – 2nd Period

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor A. Santiago

Mixed Synchronous


Section 05

T/TH – 6th Period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor Shaw

In Person


Section 06

M/W – 4th Period

912:15pm – 1:30pm

Professor Hernandez Tapia

In Person

Latinx Communities in the United States
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Latin American and Latinx Studies focusing on the establishment and development of the diverse Latinx communities in the United States through the processes of migration, colonization, racialization, and integration. Students will explore the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality through such topics as identity formation, language rights, economic and political participation, transnationalism, law and civil rights and social justice movements.

LLS  130

Section 01

M/W – 2nd Period 

9:25am – 10:40am 

Professor Gutierrez

In Person


Section 02

M/W – 3rd Period 

10:50am – 12:05pm

Professor Gutierrez

In Person


Section 03

M/W – 5th Period 

3:05pm – 4:20pm

Professor Gutierrez

In Person


Section 04

M/W – 6th Period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor Roman

In Person


 

 

 

Section 06

M/W – 7th Period 

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor Roman

In Person


Section 05

T/TH – 7th Period 

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor Rodriguez

Mixed Synchronous 

 

Introduction to Latin American History 
This is a survey course spanning Latin America’s history from the pre-Columbian period to the recent past.  Focus is on the origins and development of Latin American social, political and economic systems, Amerindian and African peoples, the legacies of colonialism and slavery, the pursuit of nationhood and identity, the persistence of inequality, and the role of the United States in shaping the destiny of the region.

LLS 220

Section 01

T/TH – 3rd Period 

10:50am – 12:05pm 

Professor Morín

In Person

 

Human Rights and Law in Latin America
A comparative study of human rights policies, procedures, legislation and practices in Latin American countries. The impact of international and national conventions, bills and laws on the present observance of these rights. Inquiry into morality, social justice, social and professional ethics.

*This course can be taken to satisfy requirements for the International Criminal Justice major.

LLS 242

Section 02

T/TH – 1st Period 

8:00am – 9:15am

Professor Barrios

In Person


Section 03

T/TH – 3rd Period 

10:50am – 12:05pm

Professor Barrios

In Person

 

U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
(Same course as GOV 242 and POL 242 and HIS 242)
U.S. economic and political relations with Latin American countries during the 19th and 20th centuries. U.S. reactions to reform and revolutionary movements. The ideological framework of U.S. foreign policy.

LLS 245

Section 01

M/W – 6th Period 

4:30pm – 5:45pm 

Professor S. Santiago

Mixed Synchronous

 

Dominican Society and Identity

Introduction to historical, economic, political and social processes, which have contributed to the development of Dominican culture. Factors contributing to immigration, settlement patterns and social adaptation in the United States will be explored.

 

LLS 250

Section 01

T/TH – 2nd Period 

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor Barrios

In Person

Drugs, Crime, and Law in Latin America
This course explores the problems facing Latin America in relation to drugs and crime. The course focuses on the conditions giving rise to crime, drug trafficking and drug addiction in Latin America. It offers a basic understanding of international legal and human rights standards and law enforcement efforts that apply in addressing the issues of drugs and crime. Particular emphasis is placed on hemispheric strategies to combat drug use and narcotics trafficking. This course can be taken to satisfy requirements for the International Criminal Justice major.

LLS 322

Section 02

M/W – 4th Period

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Professor Montes

In Person

*Permission Required*


 

 

 

 

Section 04

T/TH – 6th Period

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor Lopez

In Person 

*Permission Required*


Section 05

T/TH – 7th Period

5:55pm – 7:10pm

Professor Lopez

In Person


Section 03

Fri – 3rd & 4th Periods 

10:50 am – 1:30pm 

Professor Aristy

Mix Synchronous 

Latinx Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Latinx during the Civil Rights period. It focuses on the Latinx social movements during the 1960s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latinx and other racial minorities in the U.S. Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant rights; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latinx and African American alliance building; Latino/a citizenship and the military, and gender values and sexuality.

LLS 325

Section 02

T/TH – 1st Period  

8:00am – 9:15am

Professor Escalera

In Person


Section 03

T/TH – 2nd Period

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor Escalera

In Person


Section 01

T/TH – 3rd Period 

10:50am – 1:30 pm

Professor Escalera

*Permission Required*


Section 04

M/W – 5th Period 

3:05pm – 4:20pm

Professor Morales

In Person


Section 05

M/W – 8th Period

7:20pm – 8:35pm

Professor Bordoni

Mixed Synchronous 

 

The Latinx Experience of Criminal Justice 

This course analyzes the criminal justice system and its impact on the lives and communities of Latinx and other groups in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on Latinx human and civil rights and the role that race, ethnicity, gender and class play in the criminal justice system. Interdisciplinary readings and class discussions center on issues such as the over-representation of Latinx and racial minorities in the criminal justice system; law and police community relations; racial profiling; stop and frisk policies; immigration status; detentions and deportations; Latinx youth; media representations; gangs; and access to education and employment and the school-to-prison-pipeline.

LLS 341

Section 01

M/W – 6th Period

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Professor Rodriguez

Mixed Synchronous 


 

 

 

Section 02

M/W – 8th Period

7:20pm – 8:35pm

Professor Rodriguez

Mixed Synchronous


Section 03

T/TH – 6th Period 

7:20pm – 8:35pm

Professor Rodriguez

Mixed Synchronous

Immigrant Rights in the Americas 

Globalization has increased the fear of foreigners, leading to debates on immigrant rights in all parts of the world and raising the question of who gets to belong to a given society. We begin by exploring the reception of foreigners in different nations, including immigrants in the Americas. We then assess the factors that lead Latin Americans to leave their homelands, and examine the ways that immigrants' national origins, race, class, and gender shape and differentiate their experiences in U.S. society. Finally, we focus on the changing relationship between legal status and access to rights in the United States. This course aims to provide students with the conceptual and empirical arguments necessary to assess and debate the issue of immigrant rights in the Americas today.

LLS 362

Section 01

M/W – 5th period

3:05pm – 4:20pm

Professor R. Perez

In Person

Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latinx Literature

This course will examine the ways in which U.S. Latino/a writers use bilingualism or Spanglish to render, via fiction, Latino/a experiences. In combining two languages, U.S. Latino/a writers capture the rhythms of daily vernacular, and draw attention to an irresolvable split in identity. Spanglish, then, represents a thriving language practice that forms the basis for U.S. Latino/a expressive life. In this course, students will closely read U.S. Latino/a texts particularly preoccupied with bilingual expression. Students will also read critical essays on language, aesthetics.

LLS 363

Section 01

M/W – 1st Period 

8:00am – 9:15am

Professor Rincon

Mixed Synchronous 

 

Il-Legal Subjects: U.S. Latinx Lit and the Law 

This course examines how the law shapes contemporary Latina/o life in the United States. Students will examine the relationships between legal texts and literature. Latina/o literature not only responds to the law, but also to its inequitable enforcement. We will read court cases, law reviews, and literary analysis in order to study the way Latina/o literature exposes contradictions in the legal system. Topics covered may include the legal construction of race, the criminalization of youth, law and U.S. colonialism, violence against women, and challenges to individual civil liberties.

LLS 364

Section 01

M/W – 2nd Period 

9:25am – 10:40am

Professor Rincon

Mixed Synchronous 

Ethical Strains in U.S. Latinx Literature

This course will use Latinx literature to examine the beliefs that instruct individuals' moral judgments and actions. Through a range of literary texts students will discuss the social and political issues that confront Latinx communities: the psychological consequences of colonialism; the moral dilemmas surrounding immigration; the epistemological violence of racism and sexism; and the cultural norms that inform or constrain personal conduct. Specific topics will vary based on the instructor's specialization and will cover a range of theoretical approaches to the study of moral inquiry in Latinx literature.

LLS 425

Section 01

T/TH – 5th period

3:05pm – 4:20pm

Professor Morín

In Person

*Permission Required*

 

Senior Seminar in Latin American and Latinx Studies: Issues of Justice and Injustice

In this senior seminar, students will engage in an original research project that synthesizes the knowledge, central themes, and critical skills acquired in the major.  Research projects will explore diverse topics in Latin America and Latinx studies, focusing on the recurring themes of justice and injustice found throughout the major.  Students will demonstrate familiarity with relevant literature in the field; competence in research, research methods and forms of analysis; proficiency in written, oral, and critical thinking skills; and command of key concepts in the discipline.