LACIS/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 — LATIN AMERICA: AN INTRODUCTION

3-4 credits.

Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

LACIS/​CHICLA/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  355 — LABOR IN THE AMERICAS: US & MEXICO IN COMPARATIVE & HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Provides a critical examination of the history of labor and working people in the Americas, from the colonial era to the present. It focuses on the experience of the United States and Mexico, offering a comparative perspective on their distinct but also shared (and increasingly linked) histories. The seminar proceeds chronologically, highlighting major episodes in the evolution of labor systems in the two countries, beginning with the colonial labor systems implemented by the Spanish and British empires following the European conquest of the Western Hemisphere. Among other topics, we will examine the pivotal role of slavery and other forms of forced labor, the impact of the industrial revolution, the emergence and expansion of corporate capitalism and the labor unrest it provoked in the post-civil war U.S., the role of labor in the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath, the impact of the Great Depression and labor incorporation on the post-WWII social and political order of both countries, the breakdown of that order and the move to neo-liberalism in the 1970s and 1980s, and the emergence of an increasingly integrated North American production system and its consequences for labor and working people on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

LACIS/​ANTHRO  361 — ELEMENTARY QUECHUA

4 credits.

Phonology and morphology; concentration on the acquisition of conversational skills; reading of texts of graded difficulty; three hours classroom and one hour lab.

LACIS/​ANTHRO  362 — ELEMENTARY QUECHUA

4 credits.

Continuation of 361. Open to Fr

LACIS/​ANTHRO  363 — INTERMEDIATE QUECHUA

4 credits.

Advanced morphology and syntax; advanced conversation and composition; cultural background of Quechua speaking peoples through reading of myths, legends and folktales.

LACIS/​ANTHRO  364 — ADVANCED QUECHUA

4 credits.

Continuation of advanced conversation and composition; cultural background of Quechua-speaking peoples through reading of myths, legends, folktales; problems in dialectology.

LACIS/​ANTHRO  376 — FIRST SEMESTER YUCATEC MAYA

4 credits.

Introduction to Yucatec Maya language. Focus on acquiring vocabulary and grammar for basic conversational proficiency. Taught through in-class oral and aural exercises, language tapes, and primary texts. Students also learn about Maya culture, history, folklore, and language politics.

LACIS/​ANTHRO  377 — SECOND SEMESTER YUCATEC MAYA

4 credits.

Continued introduction to Yucatec Maya language. Focus on acquiring vocabulary and grammar for basic conversational proficiency. Taught through in-class oral and aural exercises, language tapes, and primary texts. Students also learn about Maya culture, history, folklore, and language politics. Open to Fr

LACIS 440 — TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN, AND IBERIAN STUDIES

1-4 credits.

An examination of specific topics related to the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian region. Topics vary each semester, but may include specific themes in history, literature, media, political science, sociology, culture, politics, social work, and agriculture.

LACIS 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Individual study and research for majors writing theses for honors degree.

LACIS 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Individual study and research for majors writing theses for honors degree. Sr majors writing honors thesis consent of instructor

LACIS 698 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

An independent studies course to allow students at an advanced level to pursue individual projects.

LACIS 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

An independent studies course to allow students at an advanced level to pursue individual projects.

LACIS/​A A E/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​PORTUG/​SOC/​SPANISH  982 — INTERDEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR IN THE LATIN-AMERICAN AREA

1-3 credits.

Interdisciplinary inquiry in Latin American society and culture.