Latino/Latin American Studies Course Descriptions 

Selected topic courses are occasionally offered by related disciplines that may also count towards the minor. Please consult with L/LAS program director.

ART 217: History of Film (3)

This course is a survey of the history of film. This class examines technical, social and artistic influences on film from its inception to 1960. In-class screenings, lectures and discussions provide opportunities to examine original materials. 

ART 244: Latin American Cinema (3)

This course provides an introduction to Latin American cinema. From Cuba to Brazil, from Argentina to the Latino U.S., filmmakers have theorized and made films that express the unique conditions of (Latin) American identity and life. The focus of the course is film of the last fifty years and key film movements in Latin America. These include the Edad de Oro, Mexico's cinematic Golden age of the 40's and 50's; Nuevo Cine Latino Americano and Third cinema of the 60's and 70's, and the 90's-present, globalization and continental film production renaissance. In addition to in-class screenings, students attend a field trip to the Chicago Latin American Film Festival.

ART 245: Latin American Visual Culture (3)

This course looks at the visual culture(s) of Latin America. It will explore expressions of Latin American and Latino culture from the ancient Andean region to contemporary Chicago. Along the way, we will look at pre-Columbian indigenous visual culture, the curious hybridity of the colonial era, with its violent contestations between indigenous and European systems of knowledge, and the explosion of the modern in popular and fine arts, including murals and revolutionary posters,fotonovelas, performance art, graffiti and low-rider art.

ANTH 250: Modern Latin America (3)

This course explores the societies and cultures of those who live in the related, yet different, countries of this dynamic region. Their multiple heritages, modern institutions, changing lifestyles and world context are examined.

CJ 228: Latinos and the Criminal Justice System (3)

*Prerequisite: CJ 101
This course examines the relationship between Latinos/as and the criminal justice system. Specifically, the course explores what distinguishes Latinos/as from other racial and ethnic groups in the criminal justice system, and what sociological/criminological theories can help us understand the causes of these differences and inequalities. The course considers key variables such as historical context, ethnic and race relations, and current criminal justice policy regarding Latinos/as in the United States.

EDU 363/EDUG 479: Theoretical Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education (3)

*10 clinical hours 
*Cross Ref: EDGIP 479
*Offered annually
This course is designed to introduce students to an understanding of the historical, philosophical, socioeconomic and educational issues that have led to the formation of ESL and bilingual education policies, programs and services for culturally diverse populations. Theories of language learning and acquisition as they pertain to ESL and bilingual education are included. This course will meet the Diversity Studies guideline.

EDU 366/EDUG 482: Methods and Materials for Teaching in a Bilingual Program (3) 

*25 clinical hours 
*Cross Ref: EDGIP 482
*Offered annually
This course includes analysis and evaluation of a variety of program models and methodologies for teaching bilingual students, including dual language, integrative and transitional programs. Methods and materials for integrating the English language arts into the teaching of content areas are reviewed and employed. The course introduces techniques for managing a multi-level class and presents curricular development techniques for programs that assist students who are leaning English in a bilingual educational setting. The course includes a focus on integrating the fine arts in the bilingual classroom as well as engaging multilingual/multicultural families and communities with schools. A supervised clinical experience in a bilingual classroom is provided.

HIST 240: History of Latin America (3)

*Offered alternate years
This course examines the processes of Spanish and Portuguese conquest and colonization of the New World and the development of Latin American nations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It focuses on changes in the structures of political and social institutions of rule and social and political resistance movements.

HIST 247: History of Mexico (3)

*Offered alternate years
This course introduces students to the study of the history of Mexico from the late colonial to the modern period (1750-2000), with special emphasis on the construction of national heroes and national histories and popular resistance to official histories. Topics include independence, national identity, imperialism, revolution, racial and ethnic identity, social movements and immigration.

LS 101: Introduction to Latino/Latin American Studies (3)

This course will focus on the core concepts of Latino/Latin American studies: the historical development of Latino regions of the United States as well as the cultural experience and artistic voices of Latino communities in the United States. This course is taught in English.

LS 250: Latino Literature (3)

This course studies the major trends, genres, works, themes and writers associated with the Latina/o/Hispanic cultural heritage of the U.S.A.,from pre-national days to the 21st century. This course is taught in English.

LS 390: Independent Research in Latino Studies (1-3)

This course offers students an opportunity to engage in and receive credit for the following activities: Travel abroad, directed research or a Senior Seminar from any major where the instructor and L/LAS director agree upon an appropriate and related project. Students should work with the Latino studies program director and consult with current course and program offerings to determine which option best suits their needs and interests. 

POLSC 225: Latin American Politics (3)

This course is the study of political processes and institutions in Latin American nations. Topics may include the impact of colonialism and international dependency, state-society relations and the sources of authoritarianism and democracy.

SOC 224: Invention of Race (3)

This course explores the origin of the concept of race from a folk ideology in late 17th-century North America. It traces the evolution of this concept into a worldview that currently functions as the most fundamental way of understanding human variation. 

SPAN 205: Language and Culture I (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement
*This course fulfills a requirement in the Latino/Latin Studies Program
This course is a Web-based, intercultural project in the context of a language class, taught simultaneously at SXU and at Universidad Regional del Sur, Oaxaca, Mexico (URS). Using the Web, students from SXU and URS will discuss cultural perceptions as well as cultural products from both countries. The course intends to create a deeper understanding of each group's cultural attitudes, beliefs and values while developing linguistic skills.  

SPAN 206: Language and Culture II (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement
This course aims to provide an ongoing review of grammar, reading, writing and conversational practice and, at the same time, to increase the students' awareness of Hispanic culture by introducing them to some of its manifestations.  

SPAN 210: Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement
*NOTE: Spanish 210 is a sixth-semester course that assumes prior knowledge of the language equal to five semesters of college instruction or its equivalency as determined by the Saint Xavier Spanish Placement Exam.
This course provides students with advanced oral and written practice in a conversational setting. Advanced Spanish vocabulary acquisition and correct pronunciation are stressed in this course. Class is conducted entirely in Spanish and students are expected to participate actively on a daily basis.  

SPAN 217: Women in Mexican Culture (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 104 or placement
This class will study the impact female figures such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Malitzin/Malinche and la soldadera have had in traditional Mexican culture and their unexpected transformation into 21st century Latina/o cultural and religious icons. Class discussion will be conducted in English. Students will read and write in Spanish, while class discussion will be conducted in English.

SPAN 231-232: Introduction to Hispanic Culture and Civilization (3)

*No prerequisites
These courses are designed to acquaint students with basic characteristics and major trends of Hispanic life, culture and civilization, both in Spain and Latin America. Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. and their impact on American society are also examined. The courses are taught in English.

SPAN 300: Field Work (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 200 or 211 or placement AND departmental approval
For students majoring in Spanish for Social and Community Service. An internship course designed to provide students with the opportunity of working with Spanish-speaking people.

SPAN 315: Imaginary Caribbean: Literature of Cuba and Puerto Rico (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 200 or 211 or placement
The course will focus on the Caribbean as the site of the imaginary: how Europeans in the 16th-century variously conceived of the area as the site of religious Utopia as well as commercial exploitation; how Cuban and Puerto Rican authors of the 19th-century simultaneously sought to achieve independence from Spain as they articulated notions of nationhood. Finally, the course will examine Cuban-American and U.S. Puerto Rican authors of the Diaspora. The thread binding these three disparate groups together will be the concept of la nación soñada [the dreamt nation]. In Spanish or English.

SPAN 316: Latin American Responses to Colonization (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 200 or 211 or placement
This course will consider and analyze the different ways in which Latin Americans have "written" a response to their colonial status, long before, and after, the countries of the continent were recognized as separate national entities. In Spanish or English.

SPAN 317: Narrative and Spectacle of the Mexican Revolution (3)

*Prerequisite: SPAN 200 or 211 or placement
This course will consider the artistic expression of the Mexican Revolution within its historical context. It will also analyze popular U.S. responses to the revolution through Hollywood's view of the events and of some of the best-known protagonists of the conflict.  In line with current feminist theories, the course will also examine the role of la soldadera, the female fighters of the Mexican Revolution. In Spanish or English.