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LAS 1301 none This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultural traditions and institutions of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
LAS 2301 none An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American Studies.
LAS 3390 none Special studies in Latin American Studies.
LAS 4350 None An interdisciplinary seminar to focus on topics related to Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Central America, and developing Latin American nations. This course can be taken more than once since its content is different every year.
LAS 4351 Upper-level standing, and nine semester hours of history; or consent of instructor. The history of the construction of gender and gender relations from pre-Columbian societies to contemporary Latin America. Special emphasis will be given to the creation of archetypes and the contrast between legal codes and realities across time, race, class, and regional divides.
LAS 4364 Junior standing or above. Analysis of specific Latin American musical traditions within their cultural, geographical, historical, and social contexts as points of departure for analyzing and understanding broader patterns and dynamics of human activity.
LAS 4390 none Advance reading and research in Latin American studies. The content and methodology of this course should be approved by the Latin American Studies Committee.
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SPA 1401 None Introduction to the Spanish language and culture: pronunciation, grammer, reading of simple texts, and conversation.
SPA 1402 SPA 1401 Continuation of SPA 1401.
SPA 2310 SPA 1402 or 1412 or appropriate score on departmental placement exam or departmental consent. Conversation, composition, cultural readings, and grammar review.
SPA 2320 SPA 2310, 2311, or 2312, or appropriate score on departmental placement exam or departmental consent.

Development of intermediate level skills in comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural interpretation through selected readings in Hispanic literature.
SPA 3311 SPA 2320, or consent of division director Study of Spanish-American history and culture.
SPA 3354 SPA 3305 or consent of division director Study of Literary selections from the Spanish conquest to 1880; readings, lectures, and reports.
SPA 3356 SPA 3305 or consent of division director Study of Literary selections from 1880 to the present; readings, lectures, and reports.
SPA 4375 SPA 3305 or consent of division director Major trends of Spanish American theater as reflected in the works of major contemporary playwrights. Readings, lectures, and reports.
SPA 4376 SPA 4370, 4374, or consent of division director A study of the origins and development of the Spanish-American novel (from 1816 to 1915). A study of the main literary movements as reflected or found in the novel, culminating in an approved paper or project.
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POR 1401 None Introduction to the Portuguese language and culture: pronunciation, grammar, reading of simple texts, and conversation.
POR 1402 POR 1401 or two units of high school Portuguese. Continuation of POR 1401.
POR 2310 POR 1401 and 1402, or three units of high school Portuguese Conversation, composition, cultural readings, and grammar review.
POR 2320 POR 1401, 1402, and 2310, or four units of high school Portuguese

Continuation of POR 2310.
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HIS 3353 Six semester hours of history or consent of the instructor A survey of pre-Colombian civilizations in the Americas and an examination of Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Emphasis will be given to Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, the creation of colonial society, and the forces leading to the end of political colonialism in Latin America.
HIS 3355 Six semester hours of history or consent of the instructor A survey of the evolution of Latin American countries since Independence. Emphasis will be placed on economic and social factors influencing national development and contemporary issues such as narcoterrorism, the debt crises, liberation theology, the rights of indigenous peoples, the ecology, and hyper-urbanization.
HIS 4350 Upper-level standing, and nine semester hours of history; or the consent of the instructor The history of the construction of gender and gender relations from pre-Columbian societies to contemporary Latin America. Special emphasis will be given to the creation of archetypes and the contrast between legal codes and realities across time, race, class, and regional divides.
HIS 4357 Nine semester hours of history, or consent of the instructor A history of the evolution of Inter-American relations from colonization to the contemporary development of regional economic blocs. Topics will include relations among the American colonies, efforts at unification after independence, the expanding role of the United States in hemispheric relations and the Latin-American reaction, and the evolution of regionalism in the hemisphere.
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ANT 3340 Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.= The cultural history of the indigenous peoples of Central Mexico, including their adaptation to, and conflict with, forces of modernity. 
ANT 3351 Upper-level standing or consent of instructor The emergency and evolution of Meso-American civilizations and Central America. Focus on Olmecs and Teotihuacan, as well as the Toltecs, Mayas, and Aztecs.
ANT 4680 Consent of Instructor Residence for five to six weeks in a selected area to observe and analyze social, economic, and environmental systems.(Fee)
ECO 4332 ECO 1305 or a minimum grade of C in ECO 2306 and 2307; and junior standing; not open to pre-business students
Evolution of the economies of Latin America with particular emphasis on present structures and policies.
ENV 4310 Upper-level standing A seminar approach with emphasis on the various causes of malnutrition including the ecological basis for food production, the impact of economics and politics on food production and distribution, and the consequences of malnutrition.
ENV 4350 ANT 1305, SOC 1305, or permission of instructor With particular reference to indigenous peoples, this course examines the ethnographic context of Third World development and evaluates key issues that influence the development process.
PHI 4331 Upper-level standingr Philosophical and intellectual movements in Latin America from the colonial times to the present. These movements include scholasticism, eclecticism, utilitarianism, romanticism, positivism, vitalism, phenomenology, and existentialism and philosophies of liberation. Works of major representatives of these movements including such men as Bello, Mora, Sierra, Varona, Deustua, Caso, Korn, Vasconcelos, Farias Brito, Vaz Ferreira, and Romero are studied.
PSC 4304 None Forms of organization, functions, and operations of governments in Latin America, with emphasis on contemporary conditions, trends, and distinctive types of Latin American institutions and policies.
PSC 4314 None Constitutional development and political processes in the Mexican federal system. Emphasis will be placed on twentieth-century constitutional and political change, with special attention given to the current scene.


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