LAIS Certificate

Latin American and Iberian Studies Certificate

15 Credit Hours
Fulfills Arts & Science Depth & Breath Requirement

The Certificate in Latin American and Iberian Studies provides a systematic program of study in English for students interested in the arts, traditions, values, histories, religions, socioeconomic systems, and mythologies of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. It combines studies on literature, history, film and cultural studies for a richer and more comprehensive understanding of the peoples and heritage of Latin America and Iberia. Its interdisciplinary nature treats issues of colonization, imperialism, race, ethnicity, class, neoliberal practices, aesthetics, popular culture and globalization as they have been played out within the Ibero-Latin context.

Requirements

  • sophomore standing or consent
  • 15 credit hours (all five courses must be taken with a letter grade, minimum GPA of 2.5 required)
  • LAIS 360 (Alpha) Studies in Culture: (B) Latin America, or (C) Spain and Portugal.
  • at least one from LAIS 468/HIST 478, HIST 386, HIST 479, LAIS 360B, LAIS 362, LAIS 363, LAIS 366, LAIS 372/ANTH 372, LAIS 495, LAIS 683.
  • at least one from HIST 448, LAIS 360C, LAIS 361, LAIS 365, LAIS 380, LAIS 495.

Required Foundation course:

LAIS 360 (Alpha) Studies in Culture (3) Politics of culture and representation. Will consider issues, traditions, movements, texts, and cultural icons for their significance for national and regional identity formation, intercultural relations and global flows of images, people, and capital. (B) Latin America; (C) Iberian Peninsula. Repeatable one time. Pre: sophomore or consent. DH

Electives: At least ONE from each category

Latin American

LAIS 362 Latin American Literature (3) Reading and discussion of classic works of Latin American literature. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DL

LAIS 363 U.S. Latino Culture and Literature (3) The culture and history of U.S. Latinos through an analysis of their literature and arts and their sociopolitical relationship to the U.S. mainstream culture. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DH

LAIS 366 Latin American Film (3) A chronological survey of films from Latin America, from the Silent Era to the present. Conceptually, a cultural history of Latin America in the 20th century, as seen through films. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DH

LAIS 372 (Alpha) Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (3) Survey of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Latin America through a study of their literature, texts and practices. (B) Mesoamerica; (C) Andean Region. Repeatable one time in different alphas. (Cross-listed as ANTH 372 (Alpha)) DH

LAIS 468 Colonial Latin American History (3) Pre-Columbian civilizations: Spanish and Portuguese colonization; political, economic, social and religious evolution to 1810; independence. Pre: 360 or consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 478) DH

LAIS 683 Hispanic Cultural Studies (3) Critical overview of contemporary theories on Hispanic culture. Issues of identity such as mestizaje, hybridity, and pluralism will be discussed from a hemispheric perspective. A-F only. Pre: consent.

LAIS 478 New World Rituals and Ideologies (3) Study of cross-cultural patterns in ritual behaviors and creolization of African, indigenous, and Iberian ideological frameworks in the Americas. Topics may include syncretic religions (voodoo, candomblé), Andean Christianity, spiritual conquest, conceptions of death, etc. DH  (Cross-listed as ANTH 478)

LAIS 495 Topics in Latin American and Iberian Studies (3) Combined lecture-discussion on selected themes–political, social, cultural–in Iberian or Latin American topics. Topics pre-announced. Repeatable one time. Pre: 360 B or C, or consent. (Once a year)

HIST 386 Caribbean History (3) Survey of the history of the Caribbean region from 1500 to the present. A-F only. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. DH

HIST 478 Colonial Latin America (3) See LAIS 468 DH

HIST 479 Latin America Since Independence (3) Political, economic, and social development since 1825; case studies from Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba. DH

ANTH 372 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (3) See LAIS 372 DH

ANTH 478 New World Rituals and Ideologies (3) See LAIS 478 :

 

Iberian

LAIS 361 Spanish Literature in Translation (3) Reading and discussion of classic works of Spanish literature. Pre: sophomore standing or consent DL

LAIS 365 Spanish Film (3) A chronological survey of films from Spain, from the Silent Era to the present. Conceptually, a cultural history of Spain in the 20th century, as seen through films. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DH

LAIS 380 Studies in Culture: Portugal and Brazil (3) Surveys the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world from pre-Lusitanian to modern times, including connections with Africa, Asia, the U.S., and Hawai‘i. Pre: sophomore standing or consent.

LAIS 495 Topics in Latin American and Iberian Studies (3) Combined lecture-discussion on selected themes–political, social, cultural–in Iberian or Latin American topics. Topics pre-announced. Repeatable one time. Pre: 360 B or C, or consent. (Once a year)

HIST 350 Iberia in Asia and the Pacific (3) Comparative exploration of the Iberian empires–Spain and Portugal–and their political, economic, and cultural interactions with indigenous societies in Asia and the Pacific. A-F only. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DH

HIST 448 Imperial Spain and Portugal (3) The influence of Spain and Portugal on people and cultures in Europe, Africa, America, and Asia; Portugal’s captivity and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. DH

 

 

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