Undergraduate Course Catalog 2005-2006

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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2005-2006


Minor Credit Hours: 21

The Latina/o Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts and Sciences that provides opportunities for the study of histories and cultures of Latinas and Latinos.  The minor in Latina/o Studies is designed to examine the rich traditions, cultural expressions, and historical experiences, as well as social and economic struggles and triumphs of the Latina/o community.  The minor includes social and behavioral science courses, humanities courses, and social work and communications courses.  The minor provides a framework for the systematic understanding of Latina/o heritages, the many contemporary issues facing Latinas and Latinos, the varied and significant roles played by Latinas and Latinos in U.S. society, and the contributions of Latinas and Latinos here and around the world.  All students interested students are encouraged to consider taking this minor, especially those who plan to work with Latinas and Latinos in their chosen profession and those who want to learn about the contributions of Latinas and Latinos to their field of study.

I. Core Courses (6 semester hours)
09-390 Topics in History (3)

An introduction to Latina/o studies using an interdisciplinary approach.  Readings, including texts, narratives, and poetry, along with film, artifacts, lectures, discussions, and guest speakers will provide an overview to the multifaceted Latina/o communities and experiences in the United States of America.  Perspectives from Education, Womenís Studies, Art, English, Psychology, Anthropology, History, Law, Business, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Philosophy, Music, Linguistics, Communications and the like will be incorporated using a human ecological framework to guide and interpret.  Historical and contemporary experiences of Latinas and Latinos in U.S. society and their contributions to the United States of America will be highlighted.

20-390 Topics in Sociology: Capstone in Latina/o Studies (3)

This course is designed for the student completing the Latina/o Studies Minor.  The course integrates the studentís prior coursework in Latina/o Studies and provides additional perspectives.  Students are expected to conduct some independent scholarship and participate in a service learning contribution to a Latina/o community as well as share those experiences with the Lewis University community, especially the Latina/o community at Lewis University.

II. Elective Courses (15 semester hours)

A. Courses offering full coverage of Latina/o and Latin American heritage and issues.
Select 12 to 15 credits from this list.

    09-390 Topics in History: Latina/o History (3)
06-346 Topics in Immigrant Literatures (3)
15-366 Latin American Philosophy (3)
09-211 Latin American and Caribbean History: Ancient Times to the Present (3)

    09-390 Topics in History: Caribbean Civilization (3)
20-315 Sociology of US Latin Americans (3)
78-303 Current Issues in Social Work and Human Services (3)
78-355 Workshop: Social Work with Latina/o Populations (1)
21-200 Beginning Spanish I (3)
21-202 Beginning Spanish II (3)

B. Courses offering partial coverage of Latina/o and Latin American heritage and issues.
Select 0 to 3 semester hours from this list.

10-350 Intercultural Communication (3)
15-225 Philosophical Issues in Race and Gender (3)

    20-492 Special Topics: Cultural Anthropology (3)

    20-492 Special Topics: Social, Political and Economic Disadvantages of Race (3)
26-275 Topics in Psychology (3)
26-285 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
78-215 Minority Issues (3)
78-362 Workshop: AIDS - The Basics (1)