2014-15 General Catalog
Latin American Studies
Undergraduate certificate: Latin American studies
Web site: http://clas.uiowa.edu/latin-american-studies
The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) is interdisciplinary, focusing on the history, politics, social organization, economy, geography, music, religion, art, and literature of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 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.Back To Top
Undergraduate Programs of Study
The Certificate in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 24 s.h. The certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students (except those earning a major in international studies with an emphasis in Latin American studies) and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in the certificate. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.
A student may earn the certificate or the minor in Latin American studies, but not both.
The 24 s.h. required for the certificate must be earned in LASP-approved courses (see "Associated Courses" and "Courses" below) and must include at least 12 s.h. of credit earned at The University of Iowa. All students develop an individual certificate plan of study in close cooperation with a LASP advisor. They may count a total of 12 s.h. of credit earned for majors, minors, and other certificates toward the Certificate in Latin American Studies. In some cases, students may be able to count certificate courses toward certain General Education Program requirements.
The Certificate in Latin American Studies requires the following course work.
The required Spanish and Portuguese courses (6 s.h.) must be chosen from the lists under "Associated Courses" below.
The required additional courses (12 s.h.) also must be chosen from the lists under "Associated Courses" and "Courses" below. They must include courses from at least two different departments, and they may include a maximum of one (3 s.h.) additional course in Spanish or Portuguese.
The program highly recommends study abroad in Latin America. Students must have prior approval to apply credit from a study abroad program toward the certificate requirements; contact the Latin American Studies Program.Back To Top
The minor in Latin American studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in LASP-approved courses (see "Associated Courses" and "Courses" below), including 12 s.h. in University of Iowa courses numbered 3000 or above. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.
A student may earn the minor or the certificate in Latin American studies, but not both.
Students may count a total of 6 s.h. earned for majors, certificates, and other minors toward the Latin American studies minor. The minor is interdisciplinary, so it may include a maximum of 6 s.h. of credit from any single department or program.
Students are strongly encouraged to take either or both of these for the minor.
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.Back To Top
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.Back To Top
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. In 2012 LASP cosponsored an interdisciplinary symposium on the Latino Midwest and the International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association.Back To Top
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:2110 (113:131) Latin American Economy and Society||3 s.h.|
|ANTH:2220 (113:163) Archaeology of Mesoamerica||3 s.h.|
|ANTH:3111 (113:119)/GHS:3040 (152:119) Health in Mexico||3 s.h.|
|ANTH:3130 (113:104) Cultural Politics||3 s.h.|
|ANTH:4700 (113:132)/HIST:4504 (16W:109)/SPAN:4900 (035:176)/PORT:4700 (038:176)/CL:4700 (218:153)/LAS:4700 (130:176) Latin American Studies Seminar||3 s.h.|
|ARTH:3120 (01H:105) Art of Pre-Columbian America||3 s.h.|
|CINE:2624 (048:024) Introduction to Latin American Film||3 s.h.|
|CINE:4678 (048:178)/SPAN:4810 (035:191) Topics in Latin American Cinema||3 s.h.|
|CL:4700 (218:153)/HIST:4504 (16W:109)/LAS:4700 (130:176)/SPAN:4900 (035:176)/PORT:4700 (038:176)/ANTH:4700 (113:132) Latin American Studies Seminar||3 s.h.|
|COMM:4152 (036:152) Latin American Media||3 s.h.|
|DANC:1150 (137:057) Brazilian Culture and Carnival||3 s.h.|
|ENGL:3525 (008:113) Literature and Culture of the Americas||3 s.h.|
|ENGL:3535 (008:133) Inter-American Studies (when content is Latin American)||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4216 (16A:112) Mexican American History||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4217 (16A:113) Latina/o Immigration||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4334 (16W:134) Topics in American Borderlands History||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4501 (16W:106) Society and Revolution in Cuba||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4502 (16W:107) History of Mexico||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4504 (16W:109)/SPAN:4900 (035:176)/PORT:4700 (038:176)/CL:4700 (218:153)/ANTH:4700 (113:132)/LAS:4700 (130:176) Latin American Studies Seminar||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4505 (16W:110) Topics in Latin American History||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4508 (16W:108) Medicine and Public Health in Latin America, 1820-2000||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4510 (16W:111) Colonial Latin America||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4515 (16W:112) Introduction to Modern Latin America||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4520 (16W:114) Latin America and the U.S.: The Historical Perspective||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4525 (16W:115) Latin American Revolution||3 s.h.|
|HIST:4526 (16W:116) Dictatorships of Latin America||3 s.h.|
|IS:2700 (187:070)/SPAN:2700 (035:070)/PORT:2700 (038:070)/LAS:2700 (130:070) Introduction to Latin American Studies||3 s.h.|
|MUS:3311 (025:104) Music of Latin America and the Caribbean||3 s.h.|
|MUS:3163 (025:163) Steel Band||1 s.h.|
|POLI:3104 (030:108) Immigration Politics||3 s.h.|
|POLI:3415 (030:144) Latin American Politics||3 s.h.|
|PORT:1800 (038:020) Contemporary Brazilian Narrative||3 s.h.|
|PORT:2700 (038:070)/LAS:2700 (130:070)/SPAN:2700 (035:070)/IS:2700 (187:070) Introduction to Latin American Studies||3 s.h.|
|PORT:2800 (038:115) Writing Brazil in the U.S.||3 s.h.|
|PORT:3350 (038:105) Brazilian Literature Before 1900||3 s.h.|
|PORT:3400 (038:106) Brazilian Literature After 1900||3 s.h.|
|PORT:4000 (038:112) Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature (when topic is Latin American)||3 s.h.|
|PORT:4100 (038:120) Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture (when topic is Latin American)||3 s.h.|
|PORT:4700 (038:176)/HIST:4504 (16W:109)/SPAN:4900 (035:176)/CL:4700 (218:153)/ANTH:4700 (113:132)/LAS:4700 (130:176) Latin American Studies Seminar||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:1800 (035:020) Contemporary Spanish American Narrative||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:2200 (035:114) Introduction to Spanish American Cultures||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:2500 (035:111) Readings in Spanish American Literature||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:2700 (035:070)/IS:2700 (187:070)/LAS:2700 (130:070)/PORT:2700 (038:070) Introduction to Latin American Studies||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:2800 (035:113) Screening Latin America||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3060 (035:120) Introductory Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3200 (035:130) Cultures of Spanish America||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3220 (035:149) Visual Culture: Colonial Spanish America||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3230 (035:138) Modern Mexico||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3270 (035:146)/CL:3262 (218:162) Pan-Caribbean Literary Currents||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3300 (035:131) Contemporary Spanish American Fiction||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3310 (035:134) Spanish American Short Story||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3320 (035:132) Spanish American Poetry||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3350 (035:140) Contemporary Spanish American Literature||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3360 (035:144)/GWSS:3360 (131:162) Latin American Women Writers||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3400 (035:137) Chicano Literature and Culture||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3420 (035:143) Cuban American Literature and Culture||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3440 (035:135) Topics in Latino/a Literature and Culture||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4310 (035:175) Cultural Identity in Caribbean Literature||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4330 (035:173) Colonial Spanish American Literature||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4370 (035:177) Literature and Mass Culture in Latin America||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4380 (035:193) Narratives of Underdevelopment||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4390 (035:178) Topics in Spanish American Literature||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4800 (035:190) Chicano Cinema||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4810 (035:191)/CINE:4678 (048:178) Topics in Latin American Cinema||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4820 (035:174) Latino/a Popular Culture||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4900 (035:176)/HIST:4504 (16W:109)/CL:4700 (218:153)/LAS:4700 (130:176)/PORT:4700 (038:176)/ANTH:4700 (113:132) Latin American Studies Seminar||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4950 (035:196) Advanced Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish||3 s.h.|
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 (113:109) Literature and Anthropology||3 s.h.|
|CINE:3627 (048:112) Proseminar in Cinema and Culture||1-2 s.h.|
|CINE:4618 (048:118) Topics in World Cinemas||3 s.h.|
|ENGL:4000 (008:098) English Honors Seminar||3 s.h.|
|HIST:2151 (16W:051) Introduction to the History Major||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3290 (035:148) Topics in Cinema and Society||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:3370 (035:147) Topics in Literatures and Cultures||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4850 (035:172) Topics in Cultural Studies||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4910 (035:194) Topics in Literary Studies||3 s.h.|
|SPAN:4920 (035:192) Topics in Film Studies||3 s.h.|
All Latin American Studies Program courses are approved for the certificate and minor.
|LAS:2700 (130:070) Introduction to Latin American Studies||3 s.h.|
|Cultures of Latin American countries with emphasis on cultural history and cultural production; interdisciplinary survey. Same as SPAN:2700 (035:070), PORT:2700 (038:070), IS:2700 (187:070).|
|LAS:4700 (130:176) Latin American Studies Seminar||3 s.h.|
|Interdisciplinary approach. Taught in English. Recommendations: Spanish or Portuguese sufficient for background readings. Same as ANTH:4700 (113:132), SPAN:4900 (035:176), PORT:4700 (038:176), HIST:4504 (16W:109), CL:4700 (218:153).|
|LAS:4990 (130:105) Independent Study||arr.|