Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Overview

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies (LLAS) major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the societies and cultures of Latin America and the Latino and Chicano experience in the United States. By extending the study of "Latin America" beyond the geopolitical borders of the region to include the Caribbean and the United States, the major emphasizes the importance of migrations, interethnic interactions, and cultural exchanges of Indigenous, European, African, and Asian peoples throughout the Americas. The LLAS program engages students with a variety of perspectives on the socio-political complexities and cultural traditions of the Americas, and the historical development of unique regional societies and cultures. The transnational perspective of our curriculum distinguishes the LLAS major from more traditional area studies programs.

Students in the major develop proficiency in Spanish and take courses from a broad range of academic disciplines and departments, including history, Spanish, sociology, English, music, politics, economics, psychology, and education. LLAS majors are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad and summer research programs in Latin America or Spain. Our program also encourages students to engage in community-based learning through the different activities available in the Latino and Latin American communities that are integral to the city of Los Angeles. The major prepares students for graduate school as well as for a variety of career paths, including community organizing, social work, education, public history (museums and cultural centers), government, law, public service, and business.

Major Requirements

COURSEWORK

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies Major requires ten courses (40 units) plus SPAN 202 OR SPAN 211. Students are strongly encouraged to take a one unit-course in United States Latino or Latin American Performance Art (Music or Dance) before they graduate. The ten course distribution requirements are:

Introductory course:

LLAS 101Introduction to Latina/o and Latin American Studies

4 units

Latin American survey courses

Students must complete:

HIST 150/LLAS 150Colonial Latin America

4 units

And

 

HIST 151/LLAS 151Modern Latin America

4 units

Or

POLS 221/DWA 224Latin American Politics

4 units

U.S. Latino survey courses:

Students must take the following two courses:

POLS 205/LLAS 205Latino/a Politics

4 units

LLAS 202/AMST 202Latina/o Cultural and Intellectual History

4 units

Additional Electives:

Students must also select four additional electives from the following list of courses (not counting courses used to satisfy the "Latin American survey"   requirement above). Two of these must be at the 300 level. One of the four electives must be an arts or humanities course. 

AMST 260/LLAS 260United States Latino Literature and Cultural Studies

4 units

ECON 324The Economics of Immigration

4 units

EDUC 213/LLAS 213Chicano Education

4 units

DWA 237Cuba, Vietnam, China: Communism in a Post-Communist World

4 units

DWA 240Civil Society, Religion, and Revolutionary Movements

4 units

HIST 151/LLAS 151Modern Latin America

4 units

HIST 252/LLAS 252Religion in Mexico, PreColumbian Times to Present

4 units

HIST 258/LLAS 258Twentieth Century Mexico

4 units

HIST 300History Colloquium

4 units

HIST 354The History of Race in Latin America

4 units

HIST 355/LLAS 355Indians of Mexico

4 units

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4 units

LLAS 250Dialogue on Critical Latinx/Latin American Issues

4 units

MUSC 102/LLAS 102Music of Latin America

4 units

MUSC 385Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music

4 units

MUSC 386Performance and Politics of the United States-Mexico Border

4 units

POLS 221/DWA 224Latin American Politics

4 units

PSYC 385/LLAS 385Chicanx Identities and Social Institutions: Education, Health, Politics

4 units

RELS 228Chican@ Religious Identities

4 units

SOC 210/LLAS 210The Struggle for Human Rights in Mexico

4 units

SOC 335/LLAS 335Democratizing Latin America

4 units

SPAN 301Introduction to Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin American Literature and Civilization

4 units

SPAN 309Latin American Writers in Spain

4 units

SPAN 313Latin American Film and Culture

4 units

SPAN 314Latin American Women's Voices in Fiction and Film

4 units

SPAN 363Hispanic Autobiography

4 units

SPAN 370The Jungle in Modern Latin American Literature

4 units

SPAN 377Magical Realism in Latin America

4 units

SPAN 383Survey of Chicano Literature

4 units

THEA 303/LLAS 303Latina/o Theater

4 units

Senior Seminar

LLAS 490Senior Seminar

4 units

Second-Stage Writing Requirement

The second-stage writing requirement for the LLAS major may be satisfied by taking any of the elective courses listed below and earning the grade of B- or better. Course offerings will vary by year, so if a student is not able to take a designated course (due to study abroad, exceeding the departmental elective limit, etc.), he or she can petition in advance to take an alternate course.

HIST 300History Colloquium

4 units

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4 units

MUSC 386Performance and Politics of the United States-Mexico Border

4 units

SOC 335/LLAS 335Democratizing Latin America

4 units

Comprehensive Requirement

To satisfy the comprehensive requirement students will produce a senior thesis in the Senior Seminar. Declared majors propose the topic of their thesis before the end of their junior year. The thesis is a research based essay of approximately 30 pages integrating both primary and secondary source materials. Successful completion of the senior thesis along with a public presentation of it in the spring semester will satisfy the LLAS comprehensive requirement.

Minor Requirements

Five courses (20 units) are required to complete the LLAS minor. One of these must be at the 300 level.

COURSEWORK

Introductory course

LLAS 101Introduction to Latina/o and Latin American Studies

4 units

Latin American History and Politics courses

Students must complete one of the following:

HIST 150/LLAS 150Colonial Latin America

4 units

HIST 151/LLAS 151Modern Latin America

4 units

POLS 221/DWA 224Latin American Politics

4 units

Latino Studies:

Students must select two courses from the list below:

EDUC 213/LLAS 213Chicano Education

4 units

ECON 324The Economics of Immigration

4 units

ENGL 365Contemporary Literature

4 units

HIST 359Mexico-United States Borderlands

4 units

MUSC 385Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music

4 units

PSYC 385/LLAS 385Chicanx Identities and Social Institutions: Education, Health, Politics

4 units

SPAN 383Survey of Chicano Literature

4 units

Additional Elective

Students must select one additional Latin American Studies course from the lists above.

Transfer Credit Policies

The Latino/a and Latin American Studies program policy on transfer credit conforms to College Policy. Courses that address topics central to Latino/a and Latin American Studies approved for transfer by the appropriate department or program will be considered to apply toward the Latino/a and Latin American Studies major and minor. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for more details.

Courses

Latino/a and Latin American Studies Courses

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Raul Villa, chair

Professor, English

B.A., Yale University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Jaclyn Rodríguez

Professor

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Advisory Committee 

Shanna Lorenz

Associate Professor, Music

B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., New York University

Jennifer Piscopo

Assistant Professor, Politics

B.A., Wellesley; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Lisa Sousa

Professor, History

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dolores Trevizo

Professor, Sociology

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Affiliated Faculty

Elizabeth Braker

Professor, Biology

B.A., Colorado College; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Lan T. Chu

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs

B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University

Robert Ellis

Norman Bridge Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Spanish and French Studies

B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Salvador Fernández

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Professor, Spanish and French Studies

B.A., University of California, Riverside; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Felisa Guillén

Professor, Spanish and French Studies

B.A., M.A., University of Madrid; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Mary Lopez

Professor, Economics

B.A., University of California, Riverside; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

John McCormack

Associated Professor, Biology

B.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Richard Mora

Associate Professor, Sociology

B.A., Harvard College (Sociology); M.A., University of Michigan (Education); M.A., Harvard University (Sociology); Ph.D., Harvard University (Sociology & Social Policy)

Michael Shelton

Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Cognitive Science

B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Ronald Solórzano

Professor, Education

B.S., M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles