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CHST 135

Mexican Heritage in the United States

Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives.

CHST 157

Introduction to Chicano Studies

This course explores contemporary issues affecting Chicanos in the United States, including cultural values, social organization, urbanization, gender, and socio-economics. Attention is given to how family, religion, and immigration experiences play upon the lifestyles and values held by Chicanas and Chicanos.

CHST 234

Mexican Heritage in the United States Before 1848

This course examines the history and heritage of the Mexican people of the present-day Southwestern United States from the fourteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries.

CHST 358

Chicanos in Contemporary Society

This course examines the economic, social, and political status of Chicanos and Chicana in the United States since the 1960’s Chicano Movement. Students also consider issues such as immigration, stratification, educational attainment, labor market inequality, and resistance movements.

CHST 454

Chicano Literature

A study of the Chicano people as reflected in selected films and literature. Discussions will be in Spanish, readings in English and Spanish, reports in Spanish.

CHST 459

Chicanos and Latinos: A Cross-Cultural Approach

This course examines the social conditions and lived experiences of Chicanos and Chicanas, using individual and structural perspectives. Students explore the impact of Chicanos, the largest Latino subgroup, on the United States. Social and cultural comparisons are made among Chicano, Mexican, other Latino subgroups, and various ethnic communities.

LAST 110

Introduction to Latin American Studies

A survey of the history, geography, culture, and society of Latin America. This course is designed to provide students who are majoring in Latin American Studies, as well as General Education students, with an initial orientation in the study of Latin America on an interdisciplinary basis.

LAST 150

Orientation to Mexico Program

Introduction to the Mexico Program of intercultural experiential learning in Mexico. The course will survey Mexican geography, anthropology, development, culture, adjustment to cultural differences, and intercultural communication. The course is intended to prepare the student for the six-week program in Mexico.

LAST 321

Comparative Politics of Central America and the Caribbean Basin

An interdisciplinary survey of the politics of Central America and the Caribbean Basin

LAST 350

History and Politics of Mexico

An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America.

LAST 351

Natural History and Ecology of Mexico and Central America

LAST 351 explores the natural and human-modified environments of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It introduces students to the biological and physical processes that create the natural environments of the region and examines the complex interactions between people and these environments, both past and present. This course is designed to be the Area B course in the General Education Upper-Division Theme I: Mexico and Central America.

LAST 352

Mexico: Literature and Arts

An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexico. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America.

LAST 352M

Mexico: Literature and Arts (Merida component)

An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican lierature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexico. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America.

LAST 398

Special Topics

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

LAST 399

Special Problems

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

LAST 489

Intercultural Experiential Learning

This course will provide students with a genuine cross-cultural experience which will enable them to understand Latin American life from the point of view of the Latin American family with which they will live and the Latin American people with whom they will work. Students will live with a Latin American family and work in a Latin American organization for a six-week period. Students will keep a log of their experiences and prepare a written evaluation of their families and jobs

LAST 495

Seminar in Selected Topics

An in-depth, interdisciplinary seminar that examines selected topics in Latin American culture and society, past and present, through critical reading of, and commentary on, recent scholarship devoted to the region. Readings may include Spanish language sources. Topics vary by semester. Required for majors and minors.

LATN 101

First-Semester Latin

Introduction to the Latin language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of reading, pronunciation and composition in Latin.

LATN 102

Second-Semester Latin

Continuation of LATN 101. Emphasis is on the fundamental skills of reading, pronunciation, and composition in Latin.

SPAN 101

First-Semester Spanish

Introduction to Spanish language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.

SPAN 102

Second-Semester Spanish

Continuation of SPAN 101. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.

SPAN 200

Conversational Spanish

Intensive practice in the spoken language with the objectives of developing fluency and increasing vocabulary through the study of cultural topics.

SPAN 201

Third-Semester Spanish

Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in SPAN 101 and SPAN 102. This course includes composition and reading.

SPAN 201N

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Reviewing and expanding of language skills possessed by speakers of Spanish who have not studied the language formally. This course includes composition and reading. Particular focus on the Mexican-American/Latino experience.

SPAN 202

Fourth-Semester Spanish

Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in SPAN 101, SPAN 102, and SPAN 201. This course includes composition and reading.

SPAN 202N

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Further reviewing and expanding of language skills possessed by speakers of Spanish who have not studied the language formally. Builds on topics studied in SPAN 201N. This course includes composition and reading. Particular focus on the Mexican-American/Latino experience.

SPAN 203

Reading and Conversation

Reading practice and discussions designed to further acquaint the student with Hispanic culture and to improve comprehension and vocabulary in preparation for upper-division courses.

SPAN 301

Grammar and Composition

Intensive review of grammar and its application in composition. This course or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all other upper-division courses. Required of all majors and minors.

SPAN 302

Reading and Composition

Emphasis on fluency, style, and syntax. Required of all majors and minors.

SPAN 303

Advanced Oral Expression

Intensive practice in the spoken language at an advanced level of proficiency. Guided conversations and discussions, debates, and speeches. Enrollment will be limited. Native speakers should consult with instructor before enrolling.

SPAN 320

Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

A survey of the fields of general linguistics. Theory and practice of language analysis. Relationship between language and culture. Principles of phonology, morphology, and syntax of Spanish language.

SPAN 321

Spanish Phonology

SPAN 202 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 303.

Phonology (phonetics and phonemics), linguistic geography, and related areas as they apply to the learning and teaching of Spanish.

SPAN 331

Spanish Culture and Civilization

Introduction to the historical and cultural heritage of Spain, to selected figures in the arts and public life, and to the ways and traditions of Spaniards today. Readings, reports, and discussion.

SPAN 332

Latin American Culture and Civilization

A survey of the cultural, social, economic, and political heritage of Latin America and its evolution into contemporary Latin American society.

SPAN 341

Introduction to Latin American Literature

Introduces students to the study of Hispanic literature and culture, and develops their skills in language comprehension and analysis of prose, poetry, and drama. The works studied will be short stories, full-length plays, and Hispanic-American narrative and lyric poetry. SPAN 341 and SPAN 342 are required of all majors and count as electives for the minor. Either fulfills the prerequisite for all other upper-division literature courses.

SPAN 342

Introduction to Spanish Peninsular Literature

Introduces students to the study of Hispanic literature and culture, and develops their skills in language comprehension and analysis of prose, poetry, and drama. Works studied will be the novel, one-act plays, and Peninsular Spanish narrative and lyric poetry. SPAN 342 is required of all majors and fulfills the prerequisite for all other upper-division literature courses.

SPAN 371

Workshop in Hispanic Children’s Literature

The student will explore the relationship between literature and culture. Oral expression will be enhanced through reading and individual and class projects. Practical implementation of knowledge through the interpretation of stories, creation of short plays and original skits for presentation at local elementary schools that have a substantial Hispanic enrollment.

SPAN 398

Special Topics

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

SPAN 399

Special Problems

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

SPAN 425

Spanish Teaching Methodologies

This is a senior-level Spanish course that introduces students to current theories of foreign language learning and implications of key research for classroom practice. Students learn strategies for teaching Spanish, including the utilization of appropriate technology. In addition to lecture and discussion, students complete the Early Field Experience hours required for entry to a credential program.

SPAN 441

Hispanic Short Story

Study of leading short story writers from Spain and Latin America, with background readings and reports on representative authors. Emphasis on contemporary works.

SPAN 442

Hispanic Theater

Readings, discussions, reports, and oral interpretation of major dramatic works of Latin America and Spain.

SPAN 443

Hispanic Novel

Analysis of representative novels from Latin America and Spain.

SPAN 444

Hispanic Poetry

Study of the leading poets of Spain and Latin America.

SPAN 451

Literature of Mexico

Readings and reports on literature of Mexico from pre-Columbian to contemporary literature.

SPAN 452

Viewing the Hispanic Caribbean

Critical analysis of literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, utilizing reading, discussion, oral reports, and written projects.

SPAN 454

Chicano Literature

A study of the Chicano people as reflected in selected films and literature. Discussions will be in Spanish, readings in English and Spanish, reports in Spanish.

SPAN 461

Don Quixote

Cervantes’ novel and his amiable madman in the larger context of literature and culture. Commentary on contemporary history, society, and politics.

SPAN 470H

Spanish Honors Seminar

A seminar for Honors students. The course focuses on major literary periods and authors from Latin America and Spain in conjunction with literary criticism and theory. Initial work on writing the Honors thesis.

SPAN 471

Women and Literature in the Hispanic World

Women in Spanish-speaking society. An approach to culture via a study of women as literary subjects and as writers. The idealization and reality of their existence as reflected through Spanish and Latin American literature.

SPAN 472

Oral and Written Traditions of the Spanish Speaking World

Study of the diverse oral and written traditions that both predate and coexist with the literary tradition in Spanish. Topics may include oral narrative such as legends, myths, proverbs, religious beliefs; oral practices in verse such as the troubadour tradition, anonymous epic poetry, popular songs and ballads, and corridos; and written practices such as testimonies, autobiographies, and epistles.

SPAN 481

Film and Literature in Spain and Latin America

Students will consider the elements that constitute literary and cinematic masterpieces by examining films based on a variety of texts: epic poetry, drama, short story, legend, novel, zarzuela, and filmscript. The films will represent the cultural and linguistic diversity in areas of Spain and Latin America.

SPAN 489

Directed Field Experience in Spanish

Recommended for majors and graduate students, some minors upon completion of SPAN 302 or equivalent or faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Provides students with the opportunity to develop their language proficiency in Spanish and enables them to use their language skills in on-the-job situations. Limited to majors, graduate students, and selected minors upon completion of SPAN 302. A maximum of 3 units may be counted toward the major.

SPAN 497

Spanish Subject Matter Assessment and Writing Proficiency

The course includes two components, the Spanish Subject Matter Assessment Exam and the Writing Proficiency Research Paper. The comprehensive exam covers Spanish language, Spanish linguistics, and Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. The Writing Proficiency Research Paper is an investigative/analytical essay in English on a major work of Hispanic literature. Students show mastery of the major areas of study in Spanish as well as the ability to investigate, plan and write essays using correct English and in a style suitable to literary analysis.

SPAN 499H

Spanish Honors Thesis

Independent Study. Completion of Honors thesis under the direction of assigned Spanish faculty. The thesis, based on studies begun in SPAN 470H, requires original work beyond that normally required in undergraduate work. Students present the thesis in a public lecture.

SPAN 689

Internship

This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register with a supervising faculty member.

SPAN 697

Independent Study

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

SPAN 698

Special Topic

This course is a special topic offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and will vary from term to term and be different for different sections.

SPAN 699T

Master’s Thesis

This course is offered as for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.

MCGS 155

Introduction to Multicultural and Gender Studies

An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America’s multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field.

MCGS 224

Religion and America’s Ethnic Minorities

An exploration of the religions which inform America’s ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined.

MCGS 328

Multicultural Health

Ethnic groups in the U.S. face many health problems. This course focuses on those problems which affect the four largest ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The effects of history, health beliefs and practices, and socioeconomic status on the health of these ethnic populations are addressed. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to these groups are explored.

MCGS 330

Sociology of Gender

This course examines gender as a social construct and its influences on men and women in families, school, work, politics, and culture. The focus is on how gender varies in relation to ethnicity, race, sexuality, and social class.

MCGS 332

American Ethnic Origins

An examination of the various ethnic groups that came to America; the reasons for their emigration, their reception in the United States, special problems they encountered, and the contributions they made to American society.

MCGS 341

Cross-Cultural Psychology

This course focuses on the importance and various influences of culture on human behavior. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of research that highlights the contributions of cross-cultural psychology to the understanding of human behavior within and between cultures. In addition, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in cross-cultural research and applications are covered.

MCGS 350

Ethnic and Race Relations

This course examines the social construction of race, and studies ethnic and racial relations in the United States, looking at variations by class, gender, and immigration experiences. Students analyze interpersonal relationships between racial and ethnic groups, discrimination, resistance, social movements, and governmental policies.