Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

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Minor Credit Hours: 21

The Latina/Latino Studies minor includes courses from a variety of disciplines, such as sociology, history, Spanish, literature, philosophy, psychology, communications, political science and social work. The minor provides a framework for understanding Latina/o history and culture and contemporary triumphs and struggles of Latinos.  The rich traditions, cultural expressions, and historical experiences of Latinos are explored.  For further information about Latina/o Studies at Lewis University, consult the Latina/o Studies coordinator or the chair of the Sociology Department.

Two courses are required for Latina/Latino Studies:

09-320 Topics in History: Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies is offered according to need and is 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 Capstone in Latina/Latino Studies is offered according to need. 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.

I. Required Courses (6)
09-390 Topics in History: Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies (3)
20-390 Capstone in Latina/o Studies (3)

II. Elective Courses (15)
A. Courses offering full coverage of 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: Hispanic American (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 Latinas/os in the United States (3)
78-303 Current Issues in Social Work and Human Services:  Cultural Competence with Latina/o Populations (3)
78-355 Workshop: Social Work with Latina/o Populations (1)
21-200 First-Year Spanish I (3)
21-202 First-Year Spanish II (3)
B. Courses offering partial coverage of 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: Psychology of the Minority Experience (3)
26-285 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
78-215 Minority Issues (3)
78-362 Workshop: AIDS - The Basics (1)