Current Offerings


Galapagos2The following courses will be offered during the fall semester 2017, and have been pre-approved by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program as counting towards the minor in Latin American and Latino Studies.   To attain the minor, students must take fifteen credit hours worth of Latin American and Latino Studies approved courses, three of which will be earned in the required introductory course, LALS 210. Please note that LALS 210 is taught only once a year, usually in the Fall semester. However, this school year, the course will be taught in Spring 2018. Minors should plan their schedules accordingly. No more than six hours in a single discipline will be accepted and only three hours may also count towards the students major.


Department of Anthropology (ANT)

327.  Global Justice & Human Rights in Latin America.
Examines anthropological understandings of human rights, with emphasis on activism and rights-in-practice in Latin America.  Explores how human rights are understood, mobilized, and reinterpreted in specific contexts.  Investigates how anthropologists negotiate tensions between culture and rights, universalism, and relativism, and advocacy and neutrality.  (CD) 3 credit hours.

CRN:  94803
Schedule:  TR, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Karin Friederic

Department of Economics (ECN)

251.  International Trade.
Development of the theory of international trade patterns and prices and the effects of trade restrictions such as tariffs and quotas. P-ECN 205. (D) 3 credit hours.

CRN: 90182
Schedule:  TR , 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
Faculty: Dr. John T. Dalton

258.  Economic Growth & Development.
Study of the problems of economic growth, with particular attention to the less developed countries of the world.  P-ECN 205 or 210 or POI. (D) 3 credit hours.

CRN:  95146
Schedule:  M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Craig Richardson

Department of History (HST)

108. The America’s and the World.
Examines North, Central and South America in global perspectives from pre-modern times to the present with particular attention to political, economic, social and cultural developments and interactions.  (CD,D) 3 credit hours.

CRN: 94573
Schedule: WF, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Faculty: Dr. John A. Ruddiman

284.  Latin America’s Colonial Past.
Studies the history of Latin America’s colonial past from the precolonial era to the wars of independence in the early 19th. century.  Topics include:  Conquest controversies; autonomy, adaptation, and resistance in indigenous and African communities; sexuality and the Inquisition; and evolving systems of race, caste, and gender.  (CD) 3 credit hours

CRN:  94592
Schedule:  TR, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Mir Yarfitz

359.  Prostitutes, Machos and Travestis:  Sex & Gender in Latin America History.
Explores gender and sexuality across 20th. century in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Applies new theoretical developments in gender, masculinity, and LGBT studies to the region’s history of race, revolution, labor, dictatorship, and social movements.  Cases include the Mexican, Cuban, and Nicaraguan Revolutions and the Dominican and Argentine dictatorships.  (CD) 3 credit hours.

Department of Political Science (POL)

214.  Latino Political Behavior & Public Opinion.
Examines the contemporary role of Latino/as as a minority group in the U.S., with emphasis on the history of Latino/a immigration to the U>S. and to North Carolina, immigration attitudes, Latino/a representation, political identity, political participation, and interracial coalition formations.  Service-learning course.   3 credit hours.

CRN: 94473
Schedule:  TR, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Betina Wilkinson

224.  Racial & Ethnic Politics.
Analysis of the impact and iteraction of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, American Indians, and Anglos in U.S. politics, with special emphasis on the politics of identity, representation and interracial public opinion.  Service-learning course.  (CD)  3 credit hours

CRN:  94476
Schedule:  TR, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Betina Wilkinson

236.  Government & Politics in Latin America.
Comparative analysis of the institutions and processes of politics in the Latin-American region. (CD) 3 credit hours.

CRN:  93378
Schedule:  TR, 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Peter Siavelis

240. Politics of Human Rights.
Looks at the policy dilemmas that both restored and new democracies face when dealing with past human rights violations and how they engage in structuring the domain of human rights in a changed global environment.  (CD)   3 credit hours.

CRN: 94478
Schedule:  TR, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Faculty:  Dr. Luis Roniger

Department of Religion

390B.  Latin American Liberation Theology.
Religion topics of special interest.  May be repeated for credit.  Group I-III with department approval.  P-POI 1.5-3 credit hours.

CRN:  95135
Schedule:  TR, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Faculty:  Dr. Elizabeth Gandolfo

Department of Romance Languages

Spanish (SPA)

309 . Grammar and Composition
Systematic study of Spanish morphology, sentence structure, and expository usage applied to various kinds of composition: description, narration, argumentation, etc. O-200 level course or equivalent. 4 credit hours.

Several Sections are offered:

CRN: 91507
Schedule: MWF, 11:00 AM-11:50 AM
Faculty: Dr. Tiffany E. Judy

CRN: 91510
Schedule: MWF, 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Faculty: Dr. Tiffany E. Judy

CRN: 91511
Schedule: MWF: 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
Faculty: Dr. Luis Gonzalez

310. Anecdotes, Bestsellers, Cuentos.  The ABCs of Storytelling in the Spanish-Speaking World.
Traces the development of prose fiction and nonfiction, with special attention to signature movements, texts, and representative writers.  P-SPA 280 or 290; or SPN 216. 3 credit hours.

Several Sections offered:


CRN:  94671
Schedule:  TR, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Faculty:  Dr. José Luis Venegas


CRN:  94673
Schedule:  TR, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Soledad Miguel Prendes


CRN:  94730
Schedule:  MWF, 1:00 PM-1:50 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Nicholas A. Wolters

317B.  Distant Neighbors:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mexico and Central America.
Examination of Mexican and Central American cultures within today’s global world through visual arts, architecture, film, music, and literature from the pre-Columbian period to the present. P-SPA 280 or 290; or SPN 216.  (CD) 3 credit hours.

CRN:  93616
Schedule:  TR, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Samantha Ordóñez

318A.  The Andes to Patagonia:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to South American Culture.
Examination of Andean and Souther Cone cultures through visual arts, architecture, film, music, and literature from the pre-Columbian period to the present.  P-SPA 280 or 290; or SPN 216.  (CD) 3 credit hours.

CRN:  92604

Schedule:  MWF, 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
Faculty: Dr. Andrea Echeverría

342.   From Colonial to Postcolonial Voices.
Exploration of 20th. and 21st. century literary, artistic, and cinematic adaptations of colonial stories of discovery by writers, artists, and filmmakers from Spain and Spanish America.  P-any course in SPA 310-319 sequence; or SPN 317 or 318; or POI.  3 credit hours.

CRN: 94732
Schedule:  WF, 12:30 PM-1:45PM
Faculty:  Dr. Kathryn Mayers

Department of Sociology (SOC)

356.  Sociology of Immigration.
Traces the waves of immigration historically and examines current policies and debates, with an emphasis on the political, economic, and social consequences of immigration in the post 1965 era.  The focus will be on the United States, but will also consider cross-national comparisons.  (CD) 3 credit hours.

CRN:  93943
Schedule:  TR, 12:30 PM – 1:45 Pm
Faculty:  Dr. Ana María Wahl

359. Race and Ethnic Relations.
Examines the origins and effects of racial inequality and relationships between race and ethnic groups with a focus on the United States. (CD)  3 credit hours.

CRN:  95019
Schedule:  W, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Faculty:  Dr. Edward Opoku-Dapaah




For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Siavelis, Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, or the Office of the University Registrar.