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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.  

Latino Concentration

ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 331
 Anthropology of Race
ANTH 373
 Urban Anthropology
EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS
EDFN 205
Social Foundations of Education
EDFN 314   
Social Issues in Educational Settings
ENGLISH
ENGL 369
U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture 
ENGL 382  
Chicano/a Literature
GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
GES 347
Gentrification and Urban Redevelopment
GES 348
Latino Metropolis
HISTORY
HIST 332B
U.S. Foreign Relations 1914 – Present
HIST 333
American Ethnic History
HIST 352
History of Puerto Rico
HIST 392
Problems in History (depending on topic)*
JUSTICE STUDIES
JUST 319
Latinos/as and the Criminal Justice System
JUST 370 Introduction to Oral History of Communities
JUST 371
U.S. Immigration Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
LATINO AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
LLAS 224
The Chicano Movement
LLAS 225
Puerto Ricans and the Caribbean
LLAS 345
Race, Class, Gender and Latinos
LLAS 351 Latinos and Immigration
LLAS 393 Independent Studies in Latino and Latin American Studies
PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 363
Latin American Decolonial Theorizing
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
PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 317
Latino Psychology: Mental Health and 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 and Latino Communities
SOCIOLOGY
SOC 270
Sociology of Latinas
SOC 314
Urban Sociology*
SOC 316
Race and Ethnic Relations*
SPANISH
SPAN 352 Puerto Rican Literature
SPAN 364
Chicago Latin@ Literature & Culture
TEACHER EDUCATION
BLBC 338 
Bilingualism and Education
BLBC 342
Assessment in the Bilingual Classroom
ELED 315
Teaching in the Inner City Elementary School
SCED 303F
Teaching Modern Foreign Language in the Secondary School

*Requires LLAS Advisor approval to count as a LLAS Major/Minor Elective

Latin American Concentration

ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 221
Peoples of South America
ANTH 225
Peoples of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean
ANTH 250
Latin American Archaeology
ANTH 350
South American Archaeology
ANTH 374 
The Maya
ANTH 380   
Archaeological Field School
ART
ART 302E Studies of Art History and Andean Art
ART 305          
Art & Architecture of the Ancient Americas
ART 306        
Andean Art and Architecture
ART 307  
Art of Latin America
ENGLISH
ENGL 365        
Caribbean Literature
GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
GES 302G       
Regional Geography: Caribbean
GES 302X       
Regional Geography: Latin America
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
Contemporary Latin America
HIST 392
Problems in History (depending on topic)*
JUSTICE STUDIES
JUST 370
Immigration in Global Perspective
JUST 371       
U.S. Immigration Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
LATINO AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
LLAS 225   
Puerto Ricans and the Caribbean
LLAS 393 Independent Studies in Latino and Latin American Studies
PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 363  
Latin American Decolonial Theorizing  
PHIL 367   
Postcolonialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE
PSCI 333
Immigration, Ethnicity & Citizenship    
PSCI 365
Politics & Governments of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean
PSCI 366
Politics and Governments of South America
PSCI 386
Globalization and Politics
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 368
Latin American Cinema
SPAN 369
Latin American Culture through Music
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 Theater
SPAN 381
Contemporary Latin American Narrative
TEACHER EDUCATION
TESL 320K
Language and Culture: Latin America
 
WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURE
WLC 200L     
Introduction to Latin American Culture
WLC 361 
Latin American Novel in Translation

*Requires LLAS Advisor approval to count as a LLAS Major/Minor Elective

Latino and Latin American Studies

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