Undergraduate certificate: Latin American studies
The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the history, society, language, art, and culture of Latinos/as in Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States, and elsewhere. Faculty members from across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences participate in the Latin American Studies Program as affiliated faculty members. Other University of Iowa faculty members occasionally offer courses and participate in the program's research, study, and interdisciplinary activities.
The Latin American Studies Program prepares students for graduate study or for Latin America-related careers in business, communications, government, bilingual/bicultural education, secondary teaching, community organizing, and international work.
In addition to its instructional activity, LASP sponsors a wide variety of activities, brings scholars of Latin America to campus, and fosters institutional linkages.
Latin American Studies is one of the academic units in the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs.
The Latin American Studies Program highly recommends, but does not require, that students have an in-depth Latin American cultural experience, usually through study abroad, before completing their undergraduate requirements.
In cooperation with International Programs Study Abroad, LASP faculty members facilitate student participation in programs in many Latin American countries. University of Iowa students may enroll in programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay. Programs range from intensive language study to group programs with a special focus. The University of Iowa cosponsors these programs through various consortiums.
Study abroad courses may be counted toward requirements for the certificate and the minor with prior approval from a LASP director.
Students are encouraged to apply for a Stanley Undergraduate Award for International Research/Fieldwork through University of Iowa International Programs. The awards are given to outstanding University of Iowa undergraduates who, in close consultation with a faculty member, propose well-conceived, small-scale research or fieldwork projects that require travel abroad. Students may conduct projects while participating in a study abroad program and may combine the award with other awards and financial assistance. For information regarding other scholarships, contact LASP advisors, International Programs staff, and the LASP director.
In addition to its instructional activity, LASP organizes a range of public programming activities each semester, including film series, photography and art exhibits, conferences, roundtable discussions, and lectures. Recent events include public lectures on community media and violence in Mexico and Colombia and on the cultural legacies of the 1960s in Latin America, and the annual Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies.
Undergraduate Programs of Study
The following courses are approved for the Latin American studies certificate and minor. Students may petition to include other courses that have significant Latin American content; consult the Latin American Studies Program.
|ANTH:2220||The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs: Archaeology of Mesoamerica||3|
|ANTH:3111/GHS:3040/LAS:3111||Health in Mexico||3|
|ARTH:3120/LAS:3120||The Art of Ancient Mexico||3|
|CINE:4678/LAS:4678/SPAN:4810||Topics in Latin American Cinema||3|
|COMM:1898/LAS:1898/LATS:1898||Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture||3|
|COMM:2052/LAS:2052||Latin American Media||3|
|DANC:1150/LAS:1150||Brazilian Culture and Carnival||3|
|ENGL:3525||Literature and Culture of the Americas||3|
|ENGL:3535/LAS:3535||Inter-American Studies (when content is Latin American)||3|
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
|GWSS:2400/CPH:2240/LATS:2400||Health Disparities and Intersectionality with U.S. Latina/o Peoples||3|
|HIST:3501/LAS:3501||Rebel Island: A History of Cuba||3|
|HIST:3508/GHS:3508/LAS:3508||Health in Latin America||3|
|HIST:3515/LAS:3515||Introduction to Modern Latin America||3|
|HIST:4216/LAS:4216||Mexican American History||3|
|HIST:4334||Topics in American Borderlands History||3|
|HIST:4502/LAS:4502/NAIS:4502||History of Mexico||3|
|HIST:4505||Topics in Latin American History||3|
|HIST:4510||Colonial Latin America||3|
|HIST:4520||Latin America and the United States: The Historical Perspective||3|
|HIST:4525||Latin American Revolution||3|
|LATS:2280/HIST:2280/SPAN:2280||Introduction to Latina/o Studies||3|
|LATS:3550||Topics in Latina/o Studies: History and Culture||1-3|
|MUS:2311/LAS:2311||Music of Latin America and the Caribbean||3|
|MUS:3163||Intermediate Steel Band||1|
|POLI:2415/LAS:2415||Latin American Politics||3|
|PORT:2850/SPAN:2850||Brazilian Narrative in Translation||3|
|PORT:3400||Brazilian Literature After 1900||3|
|PORT:3850/SPAN:3850||Topics in Cultural Studies||3|
|PORT:4000||Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature (when topic is Latin American)||3|
|PORT:4100||Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture (when topic is Latin American)||3|
|RELS:1765/LAS:1765/LATS:1765||U.S. Latino Religions||3|
|SPAN:1700/LATS:1700||Latino/a Literature in the U.S.||3|
|SPAN:1800||Contemporary Spanish American Narrative||3|
|SPAN:2050/LATS:2050||Spanish in the U.S.||3|
|SPAN:2200||Introduction to Spanish American Cultures||3|
|SPAN:2500||Readings in Spanish American Literature||3|
|SPAN:2800||Screening Latin America||3|
|SPAN:3060||Introductory Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish||3|
|SPAN:3200||Latin American Cultural Studies||3|
|SPAN:3310||Spanish American Short Story||3|
|SPAN:3320||Spanish American Poetry||3|
|SPAN:3350||Contemporary Spanish American Literature||3|
|SPAN:3400/LATS:3400||Chicano Literature and Culture||3|
|SPAN:3440/LATS:3440||Topics in Latino/a Literature and Culture||3|
|SPAN:3550||Doing Business in Latin America||3|
|SPAN:4160||Language, Justice, and the Law||3|
|SPAN:4330||Colonial Spanish American Literature||3|
|SPAN:4360||The Orient in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture||3|
|SPAN:4390||Topics in Spanish American Literature||3|
|SPAN:4815||Lost Childhoods: Marginal Children of Latin America||3|
|SPAN:4820/LATS:4800||Latino/a Popular Culture||3|
|SPAN:4830||The Hispanic World in the Digital Era||3|
|SPAN:4950||Advanced Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish||3|
|THTR:2405||Staging Americans: U.S. Cultures Through Theatre and Performance||3|
The focus of these courses changes from semester to semester. With prior approval, students may use these courses to satisfy requirements for the Latin American studies certificate or minor when the course focuses on Latin America.
|ANTH:3107/CL:3107/ENGL:3107||Literature and Anthropology||3|
|CINE:4618||Topics in World Cinemas||3|
|ENGL:4000||English Honors Seminar||3|
|HIST:2151||Introduction to the History Major||3|
|SPAN:3290||Topics in Cinema and Society||3|
|SPAN:3370||Topics in Literatures and Cultures||3|
|SPAN:4850||Topics in Cultural Studies||3|
|SPAN:4910||Topics in Literary Studies||3|
|SPAN:4920||Topics in Film Studies||3|
All Latin American Studies Program courses are approved for the certificate and minor.
LAS:1150 Brazilian Culture and Carnival3 s.h.
Dance, music, historical, and social contents of Brazilian Carnival production, critical theories of performance, religious backgrounds, and theatre making in carnival parades. GE: Engineering Be Creative; Values and Culture. Same as DANC:1150.
LAS:1765 U.S. Latino Religions3 s.h.
Beliefs and practices of U.S. Latinos and Latinas, ways that their beliefs and practices are unique and where they overlap with mainstream U.S. society; beliefs, symbols, and practices among U.S. Latinos and Latinas on national and local level; field visits to local churches and religious sites; class visitors share insights. Same as LATS:1765, RELS:1765.
LAS:1898 Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3 s.h.
Introduction to fundamentals of communication by and about Latina/o/x in the U.S.; Latina/o/x as one of the fastest growing demographics; how Latina/o/x history, politics, and culture remain little understood despite a longstanding and growing presence in Iowa and across the nation; historical orientation; Latina/o/x social movement and protest (e.g., Chicana/o/x movements, Young Lords Organization), institutional discourses (e.g., congressional, presidential, legal discourses), and Latina/o/x in popular culture (film, television, music, sports). GE: Diversity and Inclusion. Same as COMM:1898, LATS:1898.
LAS:2052 Latin American Media3 s.h.
Development of media institutions, texts, and audiences across a number of Latin American countries; focus on broadcast media (radio and television) and situates them within larger historical context of 20th- and 21st-century Latin America; readings, discussions, and assignments with particular attention to influence of U.S. corporate and state interests on Latin American media; debates over cultural dependency, globalization, and hybridity in region. Same as COMM:2052.
LAS:2311 Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3 s.h.
Folk and popular musical traditions and their social contexts in Latin America, the Caribbean; listening skills; video/film screenings. GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; Values and Culture. Same as MUS:2311.
LAS:2415 Latin American Politics3 s.h.
Governmental institutions, major interest groups; focus on area as a whole. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences. Same as POLI:2415.
LAS:2700 Introduction to Latin American Studies3 s.h.
LAS:2800 Screening Latin America3 s.h.
Latin American film; histories of the four major national film industries; aesthetic and political debates surrounding the New Latin American Cinema movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Requirements: SPAN:1502 or SPAN:1503. Same as SPAN:2800.
LAS:3104 Immigration Politics3 s.h.
United States immigration policy and political consequences of Latino population growth; contrast of political experiences of Latinos with groups and ideals of democratic political systems; analyses of past immigration policies; studies of public opinion, voter turnout, and campaign tactics. Same as LATS:3104, POLI:3104.
LAS:3111 Health in Mexico3 s.h.
Use of anthropological perspectives to examine disease, healing systems, and ideas about health and the body in Mexico and its diaspora; relationships between structural conditions and historical and political transformations; ideas about gender and race; chronic and acute disease in Mexico; conquest and disease; racialized bodies; sexual health; biomedicine; shamanism; immigration and health; pollution and narcoviolence; readings in English. Same as ANTH:3111, GHS:3040.
LAS:3120 The Art of Ancient Mexico3 s.h.
Art and architecture of Mexico and Peru before Cortéz. Same as ARTH:3120.
LAS:3501 Rebel Island: A History of Cuba3 s.h.
Cuban society and revolutionary movements since the late colonial period, including the years since 1959. Same as HIST:3501.
LAS:3508 Health in Latin America3 s.h.
LAS:3515 Introduction to Modern Latin America3 s.h.
Introduction to modern history of Latin America from independence movements of the early 19th century to present; topics include race and ethnicity, slave emancipation, gender, labor relations, and foreign interventions; exploration of relationship between economic, social, and political structures over time to explain difference and commonality between Latin American people and societies; focus on topics pertaining to histories of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Same as HIST:3515.
LAS:3535 Inter-American Studies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:3535.
LAS:4216 Mexican American History3 s.h.
Survey of Chicana/o (Mexican American) history from 18th century to present; Mexican American society's diverse nature, explored through class, ethnic, gender, and regional divisions. Same as HIST:4216.
LAS:4217 Latina/o Immigration3 s.h.
Immigration experiences of people arriving in the U.S. from other regions of the Americas (e.g., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America); what has fueled immigration—social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and other nations; territorial conquest, colonialism, real and imagined borders, chain migration, formation of immigrant communities, acculturation, circular migration, social networks; how migration restructures gender relations; immigrant communities and pan-Latino identity in the U.S. Same as HIST:4217, LATS:4217.
LAS:4502 History of Mexico3 s.h.
Mexican history since the eve of the Spanish invasion, with focus on the national period; may include ethnic groups, conquest and demographic disaster, native survival, labor and migration, social protest and rebellions, nationhood, regional differences, religions, popular culture, economic growth and distribution, state building, international relations; survey. Same as HIST:4502, NAIS:4502.
LAS:4678 Topics in Latin American Cinema3 s.h.
LAS:4700 Latin American Studies Seminar3 s.h.
LAS:4990 Independent Project in Latin American Studiesarr.
Independent work completed under the supervision of Latin American studies faculty.