Undergraduate Bulletin, 2001-2002

Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Faculty

Distinguished Professor
Daniel C. Levy, Ph.D.,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Distinguished Service Professor
Edna Acosta-Belén, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Columbia University

Professors
Christine Bose, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Johns Hopkins University

Ray Bromley, Ph.D.
Cambridge University

Robert Carmack, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

June Hahner, Ph.D.
Cornell University

Alvin Magid, Ph.D.
Michigan State University

Colbert I. Nepaulsingh, Ph.D.
University of Toronto

Carlos E. Santiago, Ph.D.
Cornell University

Associate Professors
Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University

Louise Burkhart, Ph.D.
Yale University

Josi Cruz, Ph.D.
City University of New York

Liliana Goldin, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Max Lifchitz, M.M.
Harvard University

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D.
Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest)

Azara Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D.
Wayne State University

James W. Wessman, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut

Assistant Professors
Ana Margarita Cervantes-Rodriguez, Ph.D.
University of Miami

Fernando Leiva, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Ernesto Livon-Grossman, Ph.D.
New York University

Blanca Ramos, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Gilbert Valverde, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Adjuncts and Lecturers
Teresa Carranza, Ph.D.
University at Albany

C. Aida Torres-Horwitt, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Catana Tully, D.A.
University at Albany

Adjuncts (estimated): 3
Teaching Assistants (estimated): 5

The Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies has a large cross-disciplinary faculty and is prepared to train undergraduates for research, service, and applied careers dealing with the U.S. Hispanic communities and with the vast Caribbean and Latin American regions.

Undergraduate Academic Major Offerings

The department offers two undergraduate major options: 1) Latin American studies and 2) Puerto Rican studies.

The interdisciplinary major in Latin American studies has been designed to prepare students for professional and research careers; domestic service with federal and state governmental agencies; careers in the United States foreign service; careers with business and educational organizations, public and private foundations, and other private or public agencies engaged in developing, improving, and promoting trade and the social, political, and economic life of the peoples of Latin America; editing and journalism; and paramedical and paralegal careers.

This major requires interdisciplinary course work with Latin American content and competence in Spanish, Portuguese* or French. Opportunities for study abroad are also provided.

The interdisciplinary major in Puerto Rican studies has been designed to provide students with an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary exploration of the Puerto Rican experience in the Caribbean and in the United States. In addition the program provides an integrated, broadly based knowledge of the islands of the Caribbean, the rest of Latin America, and the United States. Courses deal with many aspects of the life of Puerto Ricans: cultural, social, political, and economic processes; language; literature and the arts; and education. In addition, the program provides the opportunity for comparative study of other Hispanic groups in the United States.

Undergraduate students in the department are also provided with opportunities for community-oriented research, community service, and study abroad. Upon completion of the program requirements, students should possess a reading knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese* or French. Most students enrolled in Puerto Rican studies are also encouraged to have a second major in one of the traditional disciplines.

A minor sequence in Latin American studies is also currently offered by the department.

Courses focusing on Latin America are also offered in the Departments of Hispanic and Italian studies, History, Geography and Regional Planning, Anthropology, Sociology, African and Africana Studies, Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Latin American Studies

General Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits, 12 of which must be at or above the 300 level, as follows:

Introduction (3 cr.): A Lcs 100 or 100Z or 145.

Latin America and the Caribbean (3 cr.): A Lcs 102 or 269 or 360 or 405.

Latin America and Puerto Rico (3 cr.): A Lcs 150 or 150Z.

Latin Americans in the United States (3 cr.): A Lcs 201 or 302.

Social Science Requirements (3 cr.): A Lcs 233 or 250 or 354/354Z or 357 or 361.

Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement (3 cr.): A Lcs 216L/216E or 230 or 268L or 312 or 315 or 316 or 317 or 318 or 319 or 326 or 327/327Z or 414.

Race, Gender and Ethnicity (3 cr.): A Lcs 240 or 282M or 451.

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 cr.): A Lcs 400.

Electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised (9 cr.).

Reading proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese The department will handle administration of the proficiency examinations. The intent is for the student to acquire reading proficiency, and eventually, although not required in the program, speaking proficiency. The examination will consist of questions about selected passages in the appropriate language (Portuguese or Spanish).

Students can build proficiency through completion of the appropriate reading courses in Portuguese or Spanish. Students are also encouraged to use appropriate materials and media in the Interactive Media Center in the University Library and/or the Center for Language Learning and Research (C.E.L.L.A.R.) to build their reading skills. Students should contact the undergraduate program director, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, for more details.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Puerto Rican Studies

General Program B.A.: A total of 36 credits, 12 of which must be at or above the 300 level, as follows: Core Courses on Puerto Rico (9 cr.): A Lcs 150 or 150Z, 329 and 429.

Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (9 cr.): A Lcs 102, 269 and 405.

Puerto Rico and Latin America (3 cr.): A Lcs 100/100Z or 145 or 357 or 361.

Race, Gender and Ethnicity (3 cr.): A Lcs 201 or 240 or 282M or 302 or 451.

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 cr.): A Lcs 400.

Reading proficiency in Spanish or French

The department will handle administration of the proficiency examinations. The intent is for the student to acquire reading proficiency, and eventually, although not required in the program, speaking proficiency. The examination will consist of translations of selected passages in the appropriate language (French or Spanish).

Students can build proficiency through completion of the appropriate reading courses in French or Spanish. Students are also encouraged to use appropriate materials and media in the Interactive Media Center in the University Library and/or the Center for Language Learning and Research (C.E.L.L.A.R.) to build their reading skills. Students should contact the undergraduate program director, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies for more details.

Electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised (6 cr.).

The BA/MBA Five-Year Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Business Administration Degree Program:  An Early Admission Option Leading to a Masters of Business Administration: Effective for those students who matriculate as Freshmen at the University at Albany in August 1996 and thereafter.

MODULE A: DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WITH ELEMENTARY KNOWLEDGE (EQUIVALENT TO SPN 100, SPN 101l) OF SPANISH.

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Spn 103L4 crs Spn 104L3 crs
Lcs 1003 crs Lcs 1023 crs
Eco 110M3 crs Eco 111M3 crs
Psy 101M3 crs<-- Interchangeable -->Soc 115M3 crs
Gen Ed "N"3 crs Writing Intensive3 crs
Total Semester Credit16 crsTotal Credits 31Total Semester Credit15 crs

SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Spn 2063 crs Spn 2073 crs
Lcs 201-Gen Ed "HD"3 crs Lcs/Eco 3613 crs
Acc 2113 crs Acc 2223 crs
Msi 2153 crs<-- Interchangeable -->Mat 1083 crs
Gen Ed "N"3 crs Lcs 4003 crs
Total Semester Credit15 crsTotal Credits 30Total Semester Credit15 crs

At the end of the Sophomore year, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors interested in this program apply through the School of Business Office of Student Services, BA 36A. Applicants must have a cumulative University at Albany GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum grade of "B" in Eco 110M and 111M in order to waive Fin 515. If a final grade of "B" is not received in Eco 110M and 111M, then the student will have to take Fin 515 in the Fall of their fourth year.

Junior Year Abroad (at he Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, Puerto Rico or the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica)
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Lcs 150L3 crs Lcs (Hum. & Fine Arts3 crs
Lcs (Race, Gender, and Ethnicity)3 crs Lcs 300-400 level elective3 crs
Note: Students are encouraged to take at least one 300-level Spanish language or literature course in their first semester. A 3 credit course yielding Cultural and Historical Perspective credit must be completed as well as 15 other Liberal Arts and Sciences credits for a total of 30 credits. Nine of these credits must be electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised. Also, there must be an upper-level writing intensive course taken before graduation.
Total Credits 30

SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Msi 512 (1st Quarter)2 crs Msi 521 (3rd Quarter)2 crs
Mgt 513a (1st Quarter)2 crs Fin 525 (3rd Quarter)3 crs
Mgt 513b (1st Quarter)1 crs Msi 520 (4th Quarter)3 crs
Msi 511 (2nd Quarter)2 crs Bus 524 (4th Quarter)1 crs
Mgt 514 (2nd Quarter)3 crs<-- Interchangeable -->Mkt 522 (3rd Quarter)4 crs
Acc 517 (2nd Quarter)2 crs Mgt 523 (4th Quarter)1 crs
Liberal Arts Elective*3 crs Mgt 600 (4th Quarter)1 crs
See note below on waivers.

Note: You must apply to graduate in January and receive your degree as of May before you can enter the Fifth Year.

FIFTH YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Field Project/Practicum3 crs Field Project/Practicum3 crs
Concentration6 crs Concentration6 crs
Electives3 crs Electives3 crs
Strategic Management3 crs   

Notes on waiving courses:

Must receive a final grade of at least "B" in Eco 110M and Eco 111M to waive Fin 515.

Must receive a final grade of at least "B" in Acc 211 to waive Acc 516.

Must have familiarity with microcomputer software (specifically spreadsheets) such as LOTUS 1-2-3, EXCEL, QUATRO PRO, and other windows applications to waive Msi 510 (computer skills).

Notes:

Students must have completed 120 credits by the end of the senior year (90 of which must be in Liberal Arts and Sciences courses) and receive your BA degree by August before entering the fifth year. (Business School courses listed in this program are not Liberal Arts and Sciences courses.) An upper level writing intensive courses and all general education requirements must also be completed by the end of the Senior year.

During the fall of the senior year, students in this program must take the GMAT exam and present an acceptable score (at least 500).

Your cumulative GPA at the end of your senior year must be at least 3.0 to continue in this program.

All School of Business, economics, statistics, computer science courses must be done at the University at Albany after matriculation.

Honors Program

The Honors Program in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies consists of a structured sequence of at least 12 credits of course work designed to insure that the honors student receives a rigorous and thorough mastery of the discipline. These courses may be drawn from the department’s regular offerings for the student’s major (either Latin American Studies or Puerto Rican Studies).

To be admitted to the Honors Program, majors with the required grade point averages must complete A Lcs 400 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 credits) with a grade of A or A-.

After admission to the Honors Program, the student must complete with a grade of A or A- a specifically designed three-credit junior- or senior-level independent honors project (A Lcs 497) under the direction of an Honors Committee selected by the chair of the department in consultation with a faculty director chosen by the student.

To be eligible for admission to the honors program, the student must have declared either the Latin American Studies or the Puerto Rican Studies major The student must also have completed at least 12 credits of course work within the given major. In addition, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in the major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Courses

A Lcs 100 Cultures of Latin America (3) general education: CHP
Survey of the diverse pre-Columbian and New World cultures of Spanish and Portuguese America. Focus on the interactions of Indian, European, and Black cultural elements and on the complexities of what is known as Latin American culture. The study of the most distinctive elements of culture such as race, social systems and institutions, folklore and cultural expressions will take precedence over historical events. A Lcs 100Z is the writing intensive version of A Lcs 100; only one may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 100Z Cultures of Latin America (3)
general education: CHP & WI
A Lcs 100Z is the writing intensive version of A Lcs 100; only one may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 102 (= A His 170) Introduction to Caribbean History (3)
general education: CHP
An introduction to the history of culture contact in the Caribbean from the pre-Columbian Arawaks and Caribs, through the infusion of European and African cultures, to the emergence of the leadership of the United States in 1898. Special emphasis on the social and economic development of the plantation system, the intercontinental trade system, slavery, and the struggle for abolition and self-determination. Only one of A Lcs 102 & A His 170 may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 115 (= A Por 115) Portuguese and Brazilian Culture and Society (3)
Survey of culture and society in the Portuguese speaking world, including Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese Africa. Includes the development of typical customs and institutions with special attention to folklore, music, painting, and architecture. Utilizes visual and recorded materials. Conducted in English. Only one of A Lcs 115 & A Por 115 may be taken for credit. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 145 (= A Ant 145 and A His 145) Continuity and Change in Latin America (3)
Introduction to the historical development of Latin America’s diverse cultural heritage and to its contemporary institutions and civilization. Broadly interdisciplinary perspective reflecting diverse approaches and fields. Only one of A Lcs 145, A Ant 145, & A His 145 may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 150 (= A Ant 146) Puerto Rico: People, History and Culture (3)
general education: CHP
Survey of Puerto Rican culture on the island from the pre-Hispanic era to the 20th century. Special emphasis on the change of sovereignty in 1898, the national question, class and culture, and migration. A Lcs 150Z & A Ant 146Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 150 & A Ant 146; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 150Z (= A Ant 146Z) Puerto Rico: People, History and Culture (3)
general education: CHP & WI
A Lcs 150Z & A Ant 146Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 150 & A Ant 146; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 201 Hispanic Cultures in the United States (3)
general education: HD
Intensive examination of Hispanic American society. Major Hispanic groups (e.g., Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, Cubans) will be studied with emphasis on interaction between these groups and mainstream society, culture and value change in contact situations, and efforts to deal with prejudice and discrimination.

A Lcs 201Z Hispanic Cultures in the United States (3)
general education: HD & WI
A Lcs 201Z is the writing intensive version of A Lcs 201; only one may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 216L (= A Mus 216L) Music and Society in Latin America: Past and Present (3)
general education: CHP, HA & HD
This course will deal with two basic issues: the evolution of musical thought throughout Latin America from pre-Hispanic times to the present, and the relationship between musical manifestations and the prevailing social order in which those activities took place. A Lcs 216E & A Mus 216E are the writing intensive versions of A Lcs 216L and A Mus 216L; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 216E (= A Mus 216E) Music and Society in Latin America: Past and Present (4)
general education: CHP, HA, HD & WI
A Lcs 216E & A Mus 216E are the writing intensive versions of A Lcs 216L and A Mus 216L; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 229 Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3)
The specific topic will be selected by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester as indicated by course subtitle. May be repeated for up to six credits under different subtitles.

A Lcs 231 Special Topics in Latino Studies
The specific topic will be selected by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester as indicated by course subtitle. May be repeated for up to six credits under different subtitles.

A Lcs 230 (= A Arh 230) Introduction to Latin American Colonial Art (3)
Survey of the major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking New World from the 16th through the 19th century. Focus on the arts as social history and expressions of ideology, religious cults, and ethnic and cultural dialects, as well as in terms of aesthetics, styles, and techniques. Special emphasis on the Caribbean, Brazil, Mexico and the Spanish-Mexican Southwest, and on the native Indian contribution to the arts. Only one of A Lcs 230 & A Arh 230 may be taken for credit. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 233 (= A Ant 233) Aztecs, Incas and Mayas (3)
general education: CHP
Introductory survey of the archaeology and ethnohistory of the three best-known indigenous civilizations of the New World. Each is presented in terms of prehistoric background and evolution, social organization, politics and economics, religion and art. Consideration is given to the Spanish conquest of these groups and to their modern legacies. Only one of A Lcs 233 & A Ant 233 may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 240 (= A Wss 240 & A Aas 240) Classism, Racism, and Sexism: Issues (3)
general education: HD
Analyzes the connections between and among classism, racism, and sexism, their mutually reinforcing nature, and the tensions arising from their interrelations. Particular attention is given to the ideological and personal aspects of these phenomena, as well as to institutional guises in American society. Only one of A Lcs 240, A Wss 240, & A Aas 240 may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 250 (= A Gog 250) Geography of Latin America (3)
general education: CHP
An introduction to the geographical diversity of Latin America, reviewing the Continent’s physical features, natural resources, societies, economies and politics, and relating them to its history and cultural traditions. Particular attention will be given to rural and urban living conditions, social and regional inequalities, population distribution, internal and international migration, and socioeconomic development issues. A Lcs 250Z & A Gog 250Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 250 & A Gog 250; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. May not be offered during 2001-2002.

A Lcs 250Z (= A Gog 250Z) Geography of Latin America (3)
general education: CHP & WI
A Lcs 250Z & A Gog 250Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 250 & A Gog 250; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. May not be offered during 2001-2002.

A Lcs 268L (= A Ant 268L) Ethnology of Pre-Columbian Art (3)
general education: HA
Survey of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican arts and architecture for the reconstruction of pre-Columbian culture, history, religion, symbolism, and ritual. Stresses interrelationships of New World cultures, art styles, and worldview. and on ethnological techniques for iconographic interpretations. Only one of A Lcs 268L & A Ant 268L may be taken for credit. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 269 (= A Aas 269 and Ant 269; formerly A Aas 301, A Lcs 301, A Ant 346) The Caribbean: Peoples, History, and Culture (3)
general education: CHP
Peoples, history and cultures of the 20th century Caribbean, with special emphasis on responses to colonialism and nationalism. Only one of A Lcs 269, A Aas 269, & A Ant 269 may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 282M (= A Soc 282M) Race and Ethnicity (3)
general education: HD & SS
Study of religion, race, and nationality conflicts in American society. Reactions of minority to majority; changing patterns of minority relationships; efforts to deal with prejudice and discrimination. Only one of A Lcs 282M & A Soc 282M may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115M.

A Lcs 289 (= A Soc 289) Special Topics in Ethnicity (1–3)
Intensive examination of the culture and lifestyle of a single ethnic group within American society. The specific ethnic group varies from term to term and is indicated by course subtitle: e.g., Ethnicity; Italian Americans. A Lcs 289 and A Soc 289 can be repeated, but the total credits earned may not exceed 6 credits under different subtitles. Departmental permission required for more than 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115M.

A Lcs 302 (= A Spn 322) Las Culturas Latinas en los Estados Unidos (3)
general education: HD
Examination of major U.S. Latino groups (Mexican-American, Cuban, Puerto Rican Dominican) with special emphasis on 20th century literary works. Students will study demographic, socio-economic, historical and cultural aspects of these groups in the context of their interaction with mainstream society. Course will be given in Spanish. Only one of A Lcs 302 or A Spn 322 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223L or 301 or placement.

A Lcs 312 (= A Por 312) Introduction to Brazilian Literature (3)
Survey of Brazilian literature from the colonial period to the present. Selected readings, discussions, and reports on collateral study. Only one of A Lcs 312 & A Por 312 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Por 207 or permission of instructor. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 314 (= A Spn 318) Topics in Hispanic Film (3)
A study of Hispanic film as a medium that offers a unique amalgam of diverse musical, pictorial, and literary art forms within a sociopolitical context. The course will focus on such specific topics as peasant movements, human rights, images of women, race, and ethnicity. Only one of A Lcs 314 and A Spn 318 may be taken for credit in any semester. Either may be repeated once for credit, with a change in topic. Consult current schedule of classes for topic. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223L or permission of instructor. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 315L (formerly A Lcs 315) Latin America through Film (3)
general education: CHP & HA
Study of culture and society in Latin America as revealed through film. Emphasis on the use of film, especially in the "new cinema" movements, as an instrument for social and political change. History and current trends of cinema in selected countries. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 100 or 100Z or 145, or permission of instructor. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 316 (= A Spn 316) Representative Spanish-American Authors (3)
Survey of literary movements in Spanish America from independence to World War II. Only one of A Lcs 316 & A Spn 316 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223L.

A Lcs 317 (= A Spn 317) Latin American Civilization (3)
general education: CHP
Study of Spanish-American cultures and institutions from the beginnings of the 20th century. Only one of A Lcs 317 & A Spn 317 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 207.

A Lcs 318 (= A Por 318) Introduction to Brazilian Cinema (3)
Survey of Brazilian cinema, with emphasis on the social and cultural dimensions of selected major films, including some which represent the "new cinema" movement. Course includes viewing, discussions, readings, and written work. Only one of A Lcs 318 & A Por 318 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or permission of instructor. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 319 (= A Spn 320) Twentieth-Century Spanish American Literature (3)
A study of selected works of Spanish American literature from World War II to the present. Works studied will deal with topics of special interest such as the continuing debate with regard to civilization and barbarism, dictatorship and revolution, social justice, and the search for identity. Only one of A Lcs 319 & A Spn 320 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223L.

A Lcs 321M (= A Eas 321M and A Gog 321M) Exploring the Multicultural City (3)
general education: CHP & SS
This course will explore the human dimensions and implications of ethnic diversity in the United States, focusing on New York City. The course utilizes a variety of methods to introduce students to the multicultural city, beginning in the classroom but ending with fieldwork in a specific New York neighborhood. A Lcs 321M is equivalent in content to A Eas 321M and A Gog 321M; only one of the three courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Gog 102M or 102G; or A Gog 120Z, or 125M; A Gog 160M or 160G; or A Gog 220M; or A Gog 240.

A Lcs 326 (= A Spn 326) Spanish-American Poetry and Theatre (3)
Representative Spanish-American plays and selected works in Spanish-American poetry, with emphasis on specific characteristics of the genres. Only one of A Lcs 326 & A Spn 326 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223L.

A Lcs 327 (formerly A Lcs 275L) Four Caribbean Writers (3–4)
An introduction to the literature of the Caribbean and to the methods of literary analysis. Writers will be grouped around an essential, universal theme: for example, Claude McKay, Vidia Naipaul, Derek Walcott and Jamaica Kincaid around the theme of homelessness.

A Lcs 327Z Four Caribbean Writers (4)
general education: WI
A Lcs 327Z is the writing intensive version of A Lcs 327. Only one may be taken for credit.

A Lcs 329 Special Topics in Puerto Rican Studies (3)
Intensive interdisciplinary examination of a specific aspect on contemporary Puerto Rican Studies. The topic varies from term to term and is indicated every term by the subtitle: e.g. Nineteenth century Agrarian Society or the Political Status Debate or the Migrant Experience. May be repeated for up to 6 credits under different subtitles. Departmental permission required for more than 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 150. 150Z or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 330 Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3) The specific topic will be selected by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester as indicated by course subtitle. May be repeated for up to six credits under different subtitles.

A Lcs 331 Special Topics in Latino Studies (3)
The specific topic will be selected by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester as indicated by course subtitle. May be repeated for up to six credits under different subtitles.

A Lcs 341M (= A Ant 341M) Ethnology of Mesoamerica (3)
general education: SS
Survey of the cultures and history of the native peoples of Mexico and Central America. Beginning with the documents created by and about the native peoples around the time of the Spanish invasion, the course follows the experiences of these societies through the colonial period and up to the present. A Ant 341G & A Lcs 341G are the writing intensive versions of A Ant 341M & A Lcs 341M; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 100 or 200M or 200G. Offered spring semester.

A Lcs 341G (= A Ant 341G) Ethnology of Mesoamerica (3)
general education: SS & WI
A Ant 341G & A Lcs 341G are the writing intensive versions of A Ant 341M & A Lcs 341M; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 100 or 200M or 200G. Offered spring semester.

A Lcs 348 (= A Soc 348) Social Change in Latin America (3)
Changing class structure, ethnic composition and culture of contemporary Latin American nations. Only one of A Lcs 348 & A Soc 348 may be taken for credit. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 354 (= A Gog 354) Caribbean Environment & Development (3)
Survey and analysis of problems of development and the environment in the Caribbean. Topics covered include the relationship of the region’s colonial legacy to present-day underdeveloped and ecological degradation; environmental consequences of various strategies of development; prospects for alternatives such as sustainable development and regional integration. A Lcs 354Z and A Gog 354Z are the writing intensive versions of A Lcs 354 and A Gog 354; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Gog 101N, or A Gog 102M or 102G, A Gog 250 or A Lcs 250, or A Lcs 102, or A Lcs 269, or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 354Z (= A Gog 354Z) Caribbean Environment & Development (3)
general education: WI
Survey and analysis of problems of development and the environment in the Caribbean. Topics covered include the relationship of the region’s colonial legacy to present-day underdeveloped and ecological degradation; environmental consequences of various strategies of development; prospects for alternatives such as sustainable development and regional integration. A Lcs 354Z and A Gog 354Z are the writing intensive versions of A Lcs 354 and A Gog 354; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Gog 101N, or A Gog 102M or 102G, or A Gog 250 or A Lcs 250, or A Lcs 102, or A Lcs 269, or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 357 Latin American & Caribbean Studies (3)
The course will examine the current process and societies in the hemisphere. Emphasis will be on Latin America and the Caribbean with implications of globalization for all workers and societies of the Americas. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 100 or P/I.

A Lcs 360 Political Economy of the Caribbean (3)
An intensive evaluation of political and economic forces as they have shaped the Caribbean region during the 20th century. particularly the period since World War II. Special attention given to social conflicts and political movements, population growth and migration, urbanization, problems of industry and agriculture, economic planning, education, and superpower confrontations. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 269.

A Lcs 361 (= A Eco 361) Development of the Latin American Economy (3)
Economic change in Latin American societies. Comparative study of the growth of various Latin American countries emphasizing the variables associated with development: population, technology, capital formation, output, resources, and income distribution. Only one of A Lcs 361 & A Eco 361 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Eco 110M and 111M.

A Lcs 369 (= A His 369) Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies since 1810 (3)
The circum-Caribbean lands and islands in the 19th and 20th centuries; independence; independent nations and colonies; foreign intrusions and interventions; social and economic change; revolutions; comparative Caribbean studies. Only one of A Lcs 369 & A His 369 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 371 (= A His 371) South America since 1810 (3)
The political, economic, social. and cultural evolution of the South American nations from the winning of independence to the present. with emphasis on Argentina. Brazil, and Chile. Among topics studied will be dictatorship, democratic government, economic change, modern revolution, and social trends. Only one of A Lcs 371 & A His 371 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing. or 3 credits in history.

A Lcs 375 (= R Pos 324) Latino Politics in the United States (3)
General Education: HD Examines Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban political participation, perspectives and values. Each sub-group is analyzed and compared to African-Americans and whites. The approach of the course is theoretical, historical, and interpretive.

A Lcs 400 Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Ideas and Issues (3)
An interdisciplinary approach to research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and critical analysis of contemporary issues and topics. The instructor will select themes. The course is designed to sharpen critical thinking, research and writing skills. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor required if not a LACS major or minor.

A Lcs 402 Latinos and Health Issues (3)
This course provided an overview of a broad range of issues related to the health status of Latinos in the United States such as the influence of culture, class, and gender on health care, access to health services, patterns of chronic disease, mental health concerns, family and child health. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 201

A Lcs 403 Special Topics in Latin American Studies (2–3)
The specific topic will be selected by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester as indicated by course subtitle. May be repeated for up to 6 credits under different subtitles. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 400 or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 405 Special Topics in Caribbean Studies (3)
An intensive examination of social, economic, political, and cultural issues which affect contemporary Caribbean life and society. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 400 or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 406 Leaders and Societies of the English-Speaking Islands (3)
An examination of the emergence from an island society of leaders capable of confronting the British legacy of post-colonial island nations. Designed to sharpen research and writing skills. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 100, 102 or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 407 Three Island Revolutions (3)
An in-depth analysis of the revolutions of Haiti (1791), Cuba (1959), and Grenada (1979). Designed to sharpen research and writing skills. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 100, 102 or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 414 (= A Spn 414) Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean (3)
Study of selected major writers of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico of the 19th and 20th centuries. Special consideration of literature as a reflection of situations and problems peculiar to the Hispanic Caribbean. Conducted in Spanish. Only one of A Lcs 414 & A Spn 414 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Spn 223L.

A Lcs 415 U.S. Latino Literature & Culture (3)
A study of the development of U.S. Latino literature with special emphasis on the 20th century. Major writings by Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and other groups will be analyzed in reference to the particular experience of each group and its relations to mainstream society. Particular attention will also be given to how gender, race, ethnicity and class interact in the formation of the hybrid cultural experience of U.S. Latinos. Knowledge of Spanish is required. Prerequisite(s): A Lcs 302 (A Spn 322) or permission of the instructor.

A Lcs 450 Legislative Internship (3–6)
Internships involving off-campus participation in the NYS Legislature, with collateral academic study. Contingent on the approval of a faculty member of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student’s progress. Students must apply two weeks prior to the start of the academic term, and are subject to an interview and selection process. Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher. Prerequisite(s): open to students of any major. Bilingual and multicultural skills will prove particularly useful since students will be working with legislative members of the NYS Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. May not be offered during 2000-2001.

A Lcs 451 (= A Wss 451) Gender & Class in Latin American Development (3)
The study of the interplay of cultural, ideological, and structural factors affecting women’s lives during the course of Latin America’s growing industrialization, from the perspective of gender and class analysis. The topics covered are: household work, paid work, migration, growth of female headed households, and women’s political participation. Only one of A Lcs 451 and A Wss 451 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): any course in Latin American Studies and/or Women’s Studies.

A Lcs 475 Caribbean Migration (3)
The focus of the course is post-World War II migration between the Caribbean and the United States—in particular migration from Cuba, the West Indies, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The material is interdisciplinary in nature, though highlighting approaches from the fields of economics, sociology, political science, and history. The major topics include (1) Migration theory; (2) U.S. migration policy—its impact on receiving and sending populations; (3) a socio-historical background to post-war Caribbean Migration; and (4) specific migrations from Cuba, the West Indies, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Shared resources with A Lcs 575. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing; or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 491 (= A Ant 481) Research Projects (3–6)
Introduction to basic research skills required to answer questions on human behavior, with special emphasis on cross-cultural interaction. Specific research projects provide students with the basic research methods, including data collection, processing, and analysis. Only one of A Lcs 491 & A Ant 481 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing or permission of instructor.

A Lcs 497 Independent Study (3–6)
Independent study in an area of special interest to the student under the supervision of the sponsoring faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor and department chair.


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