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LLAS Course Descriptions

Note: The course descriptions here are abbreviated. Please check the NEIU Academic Catalog for full descriptions.

LLAS 101 Introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies

An introduction to Latino and Latin American Studies and exploration of the diverse origins and conditions of the multiple groups encompassed by the terms "Latino" and/or "Hispanic." The course traces connections with ancestral Latin America in terms of its pre-Hispanic and colonial past, as well as its post-colonial present. This course fulfills a Gen Ed Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.

LLAS 201 WIP: Culture and History of Latinos

This course examines the religious, social, economic and political aspects of Latino groups. It explores their roles and conditions in the new demographic context of the United States as its largest ethnic minority. This course fulfills Improving Human Relations graduation requirement.

LLAS 224 The Chicano Movement

An analytical overview of stories and histories of and about people of Mexican ancestry or origin in the United States of America. The course examines involvements, events, and conditions directly affecting the fates and opportunities of this constituency through time. The course focuses on regional, class, and gender particularities as well as symbolic and epistemological characteristics.

LLAS 225 Puerto Ricans and the Caribbean

An overview of people in the Caribbean and/or in the U.S. with ancestral or migratory ties to the Caribbean.

LLAS 290 Research Methods in Latino and Latin American Studies

This course provides an introduction to the theories and processes of critical inquiry in the social sciences and humanities. Each student conducts a focused review of the literature in response to a specific, identified issue and is introduced to the elements of scholarly writing.

LLAS 301 Field Seminar in Latino and Latin American Studies

The course aims towards the formulation of a sophisticated understanding of social and political life of Latinos in the current context. It combines theoretical insights and documentary information to examine the assets and current challenges of these communities. This course serves as the capstone course for LLAS minors

LLAS 312 Introduction to the Barrio

Students do research on their residential neighborhoods using historical and demographic data, along with political and theoretical insights from the social sciences and the students’ experiences.

LLAS 345 Race, Class, Gender and Latinos

This course is an analytical overview of the complexity of Latino community/ies focusing on race, class and gender.

LLAS 351 IMMIGRATION AND LATINOS

An examination of social and cultural dimensions of the arrival and incorporation of Latin American immigrants in the U. S. This course focus on the particularities of the migratory flows across time and regions of the country.

LLAS 391 Internship in Latino Studies

This capstone course for the major is an opportunity for students to culminate their Latin American studies concentration with an internship tailored to enhance their understanding of social and political life of Latinos. The internship will be an intense course that will give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed over the course of their undergraduate career to an actual work setting.  Students should expect to work closely with site supervisor, others at internship site, seminar classmates, and Professor.  Prereqs: LLAS 101, LLAS 201, LLAS 290

LLAS 392 Internship in Latin American Studies

This capstone course for the major is an opportunity for students to culminate their Latin American studies concentration with an internship tailored to enhance their understanding of social and political life of Latin Americans. The internship will be an intense course that will give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed over the course of their undergraduate career to an actual work setting.   Students should expect to work closely with site supervisor, others at internship site, seminar classmates, and Professor.  Prereqs: LLAS 101, LLAS 201, LLAS 290

LLAS 393 Independent Study in Latino and Latin American Studies

Academic credit for special research project student conducts with individual guidance from a faculty member. Student submits project proposal to the faculty member in the semester prior to the one in which the project is to be conducted. Independent Study requires approval of instructor, coordinator of program, department chair and college dean. Prereqs: LLAS 101, LLAS 201, LLAS 290

Cross Listed Courses/electives

Check NEIU Academic Catalog for course descriptions, credit hours and prerequisites.  

Click here for list of cross-listed courses and electives.

ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 221 Peoples of South America

ANTH 225 Peoples of Mexico, Central America & the

Caribbean

ANTH 250 Latin American Archaeology

ANTH 373 Urban Anthropology*

ANTH 374 The Maya

ANTH 380 Archaeological Field School

ART

ART 305 Art & Architecture of the Ancient Americas

ART 306 Andean Art and Architecture

ART 307 Art of Latin America

 

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS

EDFN 205 Social Foundations of Education

EDFN 314L Gender, Race & Class Issues in Education

 

ENGLISH

ENGL 365 Caribbean Literature

ENGL 369 U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture

ENGL 382 Chicano/a Literature

 

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

GES 302G Regional Geography: Caribbean

GES 302X Regional Geography: Latin America

GES 347 Gentrification and Urban Redevelopment*

GES 348 Latino Metropolis

 

HISTORY

HIST 111D World History: Latin America

HIST 332B U.S. Foreign Relations 1914 – Present

HIST 333 American Ethnic History

HIST 350 History of Brazil

HIST 351 History of Central America & the Caribbean

HIST 352 History of Puerto Rico

HIST 353 History of Mexico

HIST 354 History of Contemporary Latin America

HIST 392 Problems in History (depending on topic)*

 

JUSTICE STUDIES

JUST 319 Latinos/as and the Criminal Justice System

JUST 346 Intro to Oral History for Communities (also listed as LLAS 346)

JUST 370 Immigration in Global Perspective

JUST 371 U.S. Immigration Policy and Human Rights in the Americas

 

LATINA/O & LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

LLAS 224 The Chicano Movement

LLAS 225 Puerto Ricans and the Caribbean

LLAS 290 Research Methods in LLAS

LLAS 301 Field Seminar in LLAS

LLAS 312 Introduction to the Barrio

LLAS 345 Race, Class, Gender and Latinos

LLAS 351 Latinos and Immigration

LLAS 353 Latino Diversities

LLAS 361 Queer Latin American Narrative & Film

LLAS 391 Internship in LLAS

LLAS 393 Independent Study in Latino and Latin

American Studies

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 364 Critical Race Theory

PHIL 367 Postcolonialism

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

PSCI 329 Minority Politics in the U.S.

PSCI 331 Latinos and Public Policy

PSCI 332 Latinos and the Law

PSCI 333 Immigration, Ethnicity & Citizenship

PSCI 365 Politics & Governments in Mexico, Central

America & the Caribbean

PSCI 366 Politics and Governments of South America

PSCI 386 Globalization and Politics

 

PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC 317 Latino Psychology: Mental Health & the Latino Experience in the U.S.A.

 

SOCIAL WORK

SWK 203 Analysis of Cross-Cultural Interaction*

SWK 308 Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees

SWK 324 Social Work with Latino Communities

 

SOCIOLOGY

SOC 270 Sociology of Latinas

SOC 314 Urban Sociology*

SOC 316 Race and Ethnic Relations*

 

SPANISH

SPAN 314 Latin American Culture

SPAN 321 Latin American Literature I

SPAN 323 Latin American Literature II

SPAN 352 Puerto Rican Literature

SPAN 356 Realism and Naturalism in Spanish American Literature

SPAN 358 El Modernismo

SPAN 362 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry

SPAN 364 Chicago Latin@ Literature & Culture

SPAN 368 Latin American Cinema

SPAN 371 Seminar: Jose Marti

SPAN 372 Alejo Carpentier

SPAN 373 Spanish American Short Story

SPAN 374 Isabel Allende

SPAN 376 Gabriel Garcia Marguez

SPAN 377 Caribbean Literature

SPAN 378 Mexican Literature

SPAN 379 Latin American Theatre

SPAN 381 Contemporary Latin American Narrative

 

TEACHER EDUCATION

BLBC 338 Bilingualism and Education

BLBC 342 Assessment in the Bilingual Classroom

ELED 315 Teaching in the Inner City Elem School

SCED 303F Teaching Modern Foreign Languages in the Secondary School

 

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

TESL 320K Language and Culture: Latin America

 

WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

WLC 200L Introduction to Latin American Cultures

WLC 361 Latin American Novel in Translation

 

* Requires approval of LLAS Advisor to count toward LLAS Major/Minor

Latina/o and Latin American Studies

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