The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Wake Forest University provides students with the opportunity to undertake a multidisciplinary study of the history, geography, economics and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean, and of the Latino population in the U.S.
Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies
The Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies consists of a total of 15 hours; 3 of these (but no more) may also count toward the student’s major. Courses applied toward other minors may also be applied toward the Latin-American and Latino Studies minor. Candidates for the minor are required to take LAS 210. LAS 310, if taken in Chile as part of the honors in Latin-American and Latino Studies program can also fulfill the LAS 210 requirement. In addition, candidates take 12 hours of coursework related to Latin America or to Latinos in the U.S. No more than 6 of these 12 hours may be in a single discipline.
Candidates should demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese either by completing at least one Spanish or Portuguese course at the 200 level or by undergoing an oral proficiency interview with a member of the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages.
Please note that the required LAS 210 course is taught once a year, usually only in the Fall semester. Minors should, therefore, plan accordingly.
A complete list of Program-approved courses is provided below. The topic of courses marked with an asterisk change by semester and will, thus, only be approved if the subject matter of the course during the specific semester in which it is taken is related to Latin American and Latino issues.
For an updated list of approved courses available this semester, please visit the Current Offerings section of the website.
Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LAS)
210. Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies.
Introduces the historical, economic, cultural and social issues that shape Latin America and affect Latinos in the U.S. Please note that this course is taught once a year, only in the Fall semesters. As this is a required course for the minor, students should plan accordingly. 3 credit hours. Offered once a year.
310. Special Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies.
Course topics vary from year to year. 3 credit hours.
398. Individual Study.
Reading, research, or internship course designed to meet the needs and interests of selected students, to be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member in the Latin American and Latino studies minor. Prior faculty approval required. 3 credit hours.
Department of Anthropology (ANT)
301. Free Trade, Fair Trade: Global Entrepreneurs in the Global Market.
Field-based seminar compares the barriers to market participation experienced by independent entrepreneurs cross-culturally. Free trade policies are contrasted with fair trade practices to determine why so many independent producers have trouble succeeding in a globalizing world. Also listed as ESE 325. 3 credit hours.
313. Tradition, Continuity and Struggle: Mexico and Central America.
Acquaints students with the lives and struggles of indigenous and non-indigenous people of Mexico and neighboring countries, with special focus on the Maya. Includes the study of contemporary and prehispanic traditions, including Mayan cosmology, language, art and architecture, issues of contact during Spanish colonization, and current political, economic, health and social issues affecting these areas today. 3 credit hours.
342. Development Wars: Applying Anthropology.
Explores the application of anthropological concepts and methods in the understanding of contemporary problems stemming from cultural diversity, including competing social and economic development models and ideologies of terror. Emphasizes conflict and change in developing areas but also considers the urban experience. 3 credit hours.
383, 384. Field Research in Cultural Anthropology.
Integrated training in archaeological field methods and analytical techniques for researching human prehistory. Students learn archaeological survey, mapping, excavation, recording techniques and artifact and ecofact recovery and analysis. Students must have taken ANT 111, 112, 113, or 114 or must have received prior faculty approval. 3 credit hours.
385, 386. Special Problems Seminar. *if related to Latin America
Intensive investigation of current scientific research within the discipline. Concentrates on problems of contemporary interest. 3 credit hours.
Department of Biology (BIO)
349. Tropical Biodiversity.
Intensive field course in tropical biodiversity. Students travel to major tropical biomes, including deserts, glaciated peaks and rain forests. Lectures emphasize the basic ecological principles important in each ecosystem; laboratories consist of student-designed field projects. Course location varies yearly. Offered in the summer only. Students must have taken BIO 112 and 113 and must have received prior faculty approval. 4 credit hours.
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. Students must have taken ECN 205. 3 credit hours.
252. International Finance.
Study of foreign exchange and Eurocurrency markets, balance of payments and macroeconomic policy in open economies. Students must have taken ECN 201, 205 and 207. 3 credit hours.
258. Economic Growth and Development.
Study of the problems of economic growth, with particular attention to the less developed countries of the world. Students must have taken ECN 205 or must have received prior faculty approval. 3 credit hours.
Department of English (ENG)
357. Studies in Chicano(a) Fiction.
Writings by Americans of Mexican descent in relation to politics and history. Readings in literature, literary criticism and socio-cultural analysis. Also listed as AES 357. 3 credit hours
Department of History (HST)
104. World Civilizations since 1500. *if related to Latin America
Survey of the major civilizations of the world in the modern and contemporary periods. Focus varies with instructor. Credit cannot be received for both 101 and 103 or 102 and 104. 3 credit hours.
108. The America’s and the World.
Examines North, Central and South America in global perspectives from premodern times to the present with particular attention to political, economic, social and cultural developments and interactions. 3 credit hours.
273. History of Mexico.
Examination of the history of Mexico from the colonial period to the present. 3 credit hours.
275. Modern Latin America.
Survey of Latin American history since independence, with emphasis on the 20th century. Concentrates chiefly on economics, politics and race. 3 credit hours.
284. Latin America’s Colonial Past.
Studies the history of Latin America’s colonial past from the preconquest background to the wars of independence in the early 19th century. 3 credit hours.
311. Special Topics in History. *if related to Latin America
Subject varies with instructor. 3 credit hours.
355. History of Nature Conservation in Latin America.
Explores the human dimensions of nature conservation in Latin America in a global perspective. Topics include the methods used by different cultures and societies to conserve natural resources (including forests, fields, waterways, and wildlife), the social consequences of environmental protection, and how conservation changed over time. 3 credit hours.
374. Protest and Rebellion in Latin America.
Study of the history of protest movements and rebellions in Latin America from primitive and agrarian revolts to mass working class and socialist organizations. 3 credit hours.
390. Research Seminar in History. *if related to Latin America
Offered by members of the faculty on topics of their choice. A paper is required. 3 credit hours.
Humanities Program (HMN)
183. The Contemporary Argentine Experience.
Social, political, cultural, and environmental factors of life in Argentina today. Taught in Argentina only. 1.5 credit hours.
186. The Contemporary Chilean Experience.
Social, political, cultural, and environmental factors of life in Chile Today. Taught in Chile only. 1.5 credit hours.
216. Romance Literature. *if related to Latin America
Texts studied are by such authors as Boccaccio, Calderón, Flaubert, Machado de Assis, Gide and Lampedusa. 3 credit hours.
222. African and Caribbean Literature.
Examination of the negritude movement and the negro-African novel. Texts studied are by such authors as Aimé Césaire, Léopold Senghor, Ousmane Sembène and Mariama Bâ. 3 credit hours.
384. Hispanic Cinema.
Examines major films from the Hispanic world as cinematographic art and as expressions of political, social and cultural issues. 3 credit hours.
International Development and Policy Program (IDP)
150. Introduction to International Development.
Evaluation of the major contending theories of international development. The role of major multilateral institutions in policy choices. Critical analysis of current international development issues such as poverty reduction, debt, sustainability, women in development, population growth, hunger and health and education. Course offered only in the Fall. Students must have taken ECN 150. 3 credit hours.
Department of Music (MUS)
210. Survey of Latin American Music.
Survey of art, folk and popular musical styles in Latin America and their impact on music of other cultures. Divided into three areas of study: the Caribbean, Central America and South America. 3 credit hours.
Department of Political Science (POL)
210. Topics in U.S. Politics and Policy. *when topic is related to Latino politics
Intensive study of one or more major problems in contemporary U.S. politics and policy. Credit only given when topic is Latino Political Behavior. 3 credit hours.
214. Latino Political Behavior and Public Opinion.
Examines the contemporary role of Latinos as minority group in the U.S., with emphasis on the history of Latino immigration to the U.S. and to North Carolina, immigration attitudes, Latino representation, political identity and partisanship, political participation, and interracial coalition formations. Service-learning course. 3 credit hours.
224. Racial and Ethnic Politics.
Analysis of the impact and and interactions 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. 3 credit hours.
236. Government and Politics in Latin America.
Comparative analysis of the institutions and processes of politics in the Latin American region. 3 credit hours.
240. Human Rights in Latin America.
Looks at the policy dilemmas that both restored and new democracies face when dealing with past human rights violations and how they engage in restructuring the domain of human rights in a changed global environment. Case studies focus primarily on Latin America within a comparative framework. 3 credit hours.
242. Topics in Comparative Politics. *if related to Latin America
Intensive study of one or more major problems in contemporary comparative politics. Course may be retaken for credit if topic varies. 3 credit hours.
257. Inter-American Relations.
Examines the history and contemporary challenges of relations among the nations of the Americas, including intervention and sovereignty, migration, drugs, economic relations and contemporary foreign policy. 3 credit hours.
300. Senior Seminar in Political Science. *if related to Latin America suggested for LAS minors who major in political science
Readings and research on selected topics. 4 credit hours.
Department of Romance Languages
111, 112. Elementary Portuguese. *students mus complete both PTG 111 and PTG 112 to receive three hours towards the minor
Two-semester sequence designed to help students develop the ability to understand and speak Portuguese and also learn to read and write Portuguese at the elementary level. Labs required. Students must complete both courses to receive three hours toward the minor.
113. Intensive Elementary Portuguese.
Intensive introduction to Portuguese designed to help students develop the ability to understand and speak Portuguese and also learn to read and write Portuguese at the elementary level. Students must have received prior faculty approval. 4 credit hours.
154. Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese.
Intensive intermediate-level course offers the opportunity to develop further reading, writing and conversation skills and prepare for oral and written discussion of readings. Labs required. Students must have taken PTG 113 or must have received prior faculty approval. 3 credit hours.
212. Exploring the Lusophone World.
Explores significant cultural expressions from the Portuguese-speaking world. Emphasizes the development of competence in speaking, reading and writing Portuguese and on understanding how particular Lusophone societies have defined themselves. Students must have taken PTG 153 or 154 or the equivalent. 3 credit hours.
309. Grammar and composition.
Systematic study of Spanish morphology, sentence structure, and expository usage applied to various kinds of composition: description, narration, argumentation, etc. 4 credit hours.
309L. Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers of Spanish
Systematic study of Spanish orthography, word formation, sentence structure, and expository usage applied to various written forms. Emphasis on grammatical knowledge, vocabulary development, and extensive writing practice . 4 credit hours.
310. Anecdotes, Bestsellers, Cuentos. The ABCs of Sotrytelling in the Spanish-Speaking World.
Traces the development of prose fiction and non-fiction, with special attention to signature movements, texts, and representative writers. 3 credit hours.
311. Bard, Ballard, Bolero, Poetry, and Song in the Spanish-Speaking World.
Survey of poetry and music with study of representative examples from a variety of periods and countries. 3 credit hours.
312. Page, Stage, and Performance. Theater and Drama of the Spanish-Speaking World.
Survey of theatrical productions and dramatic texts with study of representative examples from a variety of periods and countries. 3 credit hours.
313. Lights, Camera, Acción!. Cinema and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World.
Traces the development of cinematic arts and industry, with special attention to signature movements, films, and directors and the representation of cultures on screen. 3 credit hours.
316. Paradise in Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Wider Caribbean.
Examination of Hispanic Caribbean cultures through visual arts, architecture, film, music, and literature from the pre-Columbian period to the present. 3 credit hours.
317. 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. 3 credit hours.
318. The Andes to Patagonia: Interdisciplinary Approaches to South American culture.
Examination of Andean and Southern Cone cultures through visual arts, architecture, film, music, and literature from the pre-Columbian period to the present. 3 credit hours.
322. Spanish Pronunciation and Dialect Variation.
Description of, and practice with, the sounds, rhythm, and intonation of Spanish and the differences from English, with special attention to social and regional diversity. Strongly recommended for improving pronunciation. Meets a N.C. requirement for teacher certification. 3 credit hours.
325. Introduction to Spanish for International Cooperation, Business and Law.
Introduces the use of Spanish in international cooperation, business, and law settings. Emphasizes oral and written practices, reading, and Spanish business culture, as well as a comprehensive analysis of different business topics and areas. 3 credit hours.
341. European-American Encounters, 1492 to the Present.
Study of the 500 year tradition of representations of encounter between Spain and the Americas, with special attention to the ways the topic is used to define and redefine individual and collective identities. Primary texts include narratives, plays, engravings, murals, films, and advertisement. 3 credit hours.
342. From Colonial to Postcolonial Voices.
Exploration of twentieth and twentieth first century literary, artistic, and cinematic adaptations of colonial stories of discovery by writers, artists, and filmmakers from Spain, and Spanish America. 3 credit hours.
343. Travel Literature.
Analyzes various cultural documents to ask questions such as: what do travelers report seeing, how do they describe their journeys and why? In the past and the present, how has travel literature influenced European perceptions of the Americas and vice versa? 1.5-3 credit hours.
344. The 18th. and 19th. century Periodical Press in Spain and Spanish America.
Explores the role of newspaper culture for Enlightenment projects. Topics include patriotism, national histories, natural historis, cultural critique, science and satire. 1.5- 3 credit hours.
345. The Transatlantic Civil War.
Exploration of the artistic and literary responses to the Spanish Civil War. Emphasis on the resulting cultural exchange among Spain, Latin America, and the United States. 3 credit hours.
346. Transatlantic Transitions: Postdictatorship in Spain and the Southern Cone.
Examination of the intersections among trauma, memory, and culture in Spain, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay during and after the rule of dictatorial regimes in the late twentieth century. Relates political needs for reconciliation, reconstruction, and remembrance to specific aesthetic strategies. 3 credit hours.
347. Contemporary Theater in Spain and Spanish America.
Study of contemporary Peninsular and Spanish-American theater within its political, social, cultural, and aesthetic context. 3 credit hours.
348. Contemporary Women Novelists and their Female Characters. *if related to Latin American or Latino Studies
Study of representative novels by women writers from Spain and Latin America, with emphasis on the representation of the female protagonist within her cultural context. 3 credit hours.
349. Great Authors and Directors. *if related to Latin American or Latino Studies
Study of works by a major Hispanic author or film director with attention to formative contexts as well as aesthetic, cultural, and socio-political legacies. 1.5-3 credit hours.
350. Film Adaptations of Literary Works. * if related to Latin American or Latino Studies
Study of the cinematic and literary discourses through major Spanish literary works from different historical periods and their film adaptation. 3 credit hours.
351. Cinema and Society. * if related to Latin American or Latino Studies
Exploration of a specific national or regional film history with particular attention to cinematic representations of social, political, and cultural contexts. 3 credit hours.
355. Romantic Nationalism, Avant-garde Nihilism, and the Deconstruction of Utopia.
Study of Latin-American poetry, including symbolist, surrealist, and conversational poetry, “happenings”, and artistic manifestoes. Politics, nation-building, liberation theology, and love are common themes. 3 credit hours.
356. Transgressing Borders: Identity in Latin-American and U.S. Latino Cultures.
Socio-historical study of theories on culture, sexual politics and race in relation to literary texts, lyrics of popular music, and art of Latin America and the diaspora. 3 credit hours.
357. Spanish-American Short Story.
Intensive study of the 20th. century Spanish-American short story with emphasis on major trends and representative authors, such as Quiroga, Rulfo, Borges, Cortázar, Donoso, and García Marquez. 3 credit hours.
358. Spanish-American Novel.
Study of the novel in Spanish America from its beginning through the contemporary period. 3 credit hours.
359. Spanish-American Theater: From Page to Stage.
Study of the transition of a dramatic work from text to performance and the role of Spanish-American theater as a vehicle for cultural values and socio-political issues. Includes rehearsals for the public staging of selected one act plays. Proficiency in Spanish and willingness to act on stage is required. 3 credit hours.
360. Contemporary Spanish-American Theater.
Study of major dramatic works from various Latin-American countries. 3 credit hours.
361. Fictions of the Mexican Revolution.
Explores 20th. century Mexican cultural production as it relates to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Readings include novels, short stories, popular poetry, and historiographic texts. Attention to Mexican muralism and cinema, and special emphasis on relationships between literature, history, and contemporary politics. 3 credit hours.
362. Viva Rockotitlán: Rock and Roll Countercultures in Spanish America.
The impact of rock music on literature, film, and cultural discourse with attention to music as popular protest and the development of national music industries. 3 credit hours
367. Cuban Literature. Offered in Havana.
Study of Cuban literature from the 18th. century to the present: romanticism, modernism, naturalism, the avant-garde movement, and the post-Revolutionary period. 3 credit hours.
368. Afro-Cuban Cultural Expressions. Offered in Havana.
Comprehensive study of Cuban culture with a concentration on the artistic manifestations of Afro-Cuban religious. Students study literature, art, film, music, and popular culture to analyze how Afro-Cuban culture constitutes national culture. 3 credit hours.
369. Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies. *if related to Latin America or Latino Studies.
Selected special topics in Hispanic-Spanish American literature and culture. 1.5 or 3 credit hours.
379. Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics. *if related to Latin America or Latino Studies.
Investigation of key areas in Spanish language research, such as dialectology, history, language acquisition, and usage. 3 credit hours.
387. Cultural Industries and Institutions in Spain and Spanish America.
Study of key cultural traditions and theories of art and cultural economics, focusing on international cooperation, business and law, and on the construction of intercultural and professional identities. 3 credit hours.
388. Global Negotiation and Conflict-Management Skills in a Spanish-Speaking Setting.
Examines through case studies topics such as “power with” vs. “power over” in international negotiation strategies; negotiation power, influence, and trust in a Spanish and Spanish-American context; and cultural situational, and social factors of virtual negotiations. 3 credit hours.
390. International Business: Spain and Latin America.
Study of the most characteristic features of the economic and financial situation and perspectives in Spain and Latin America. Focuses on communicating successfully in the world of Hispanic business and on acquiring an international view of that world and its cultural differences. 3 credit hours.
397. Spanish Independent Study. *if related to Latin America or Latino Studies. 1.5 credit hours.
398. Honors Directed Reading and Research. *if related to Latin America and Latino Studies. 3 credit hours
Department of Sociology
359. Race and Ethnic Relations.
Racial and ethnic group prejudice and discrimination and their effect on social relationships. Emphasizes on psychological and sociological theories of prejudice. 3 credit hours.
386. Special Topics in Culture and Social Movements. *if related to Latin America or Latino Studies
Intensive investigation of current scientific research on issues involving culture, social change, and social movements. 3 credit hours.
Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS)
321. Research Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies. * when topic is Global Women’s Voices & Choices in Contemporary Writing, if related to Latin America.
A capstone, research centered study of questions raised by women’s, gender, and sexuality studies on an interdisciplinary topic, such as women’s health issues, international women’s issues, feminist theory, lesbian and gay culture and theory, the politics of women’s bodies, women and the arts, etc. 3 credit hours.
322. Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies: Constructive Perspectives on Christian Thought.
Examines major topics in Christian theology from African American (womanist), Latina/Hispanic (mujerista), and queer perspectives. 3 credit hours.
377. Special Topics. *if related to Latin America
Includes such women’s, gender, and sexuality studies topics as gender issues in the 21st. century, Jewish-American women writers, African-American women writers, women and leadership, critical approaches to women’s issues, and the emergence of feminist thought. 1.5, 2.5, or 3 credit hours.
For more information on the minor in Latin American and Latino Studies, please contact Dr. Peter Siavelis, Program Director, or consult the most updated undergraduate school bulletin.