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Featured Fall 2023 Courses

SPAN 432 / Multilingualism / Aris Clemons

This course will offer a panoramic view of bilingualism and multilingualism from a language acquisition and language socialization perspective. Topics surveyed include myths about bilingualism, raciolinguistic ideologies, early vs. late bilingualism, first vs. second language acquisition, cognitive models of bilingualism, as well as the sociolinguistics and pragmatics of bilingualism. Topics will be taught through the lens of Spanish speakers in the United States.

Volume and direction of the trans-Atlantic slave trade from all African to all American regions

Volume and direction of the trans-Atlantic slave trade from all African to all American regions.

HILA 450 (LAC 450) / Slavery in the Americas / Beau Gaitors

The term “slavery” immediately brings to mind cotton and tobacco plantations in the U.S. South. However, only about 5% of the total number of people forced into the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade arrived in the United States. About 50% arrived in Central and South America to places like Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. Roughly 45% arrived in the Caribbean where they ended up in places like Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica. Beyond cotton plantations, enslaved individuals worked in a variety of settings: in silver and gold mines, sugar plantations, seaports, and as skilled laborers in cities. This course asks us to expand our understanding of the historical complexities of slavery and abolition in the Americas.

SOCI 461 / Immigration Politics and Policies: Focus on Latinx immigrants in the U.S. / Meghan Conley

This course examines US immigration history, politics, and policies in sociological context, with particular attention to how social, political, and economic factors have shaped our national understanding of immigrants and immigrant rights. We will also explore how immigrants and their advocates organize around restrictionist policies and other immigrant rights issues.

SOCI 461 / Immigration Politics and Policies B&W photo of a march for immigrant rights, with heads and raised fists down 2-3 city blocks.  In the lower right corner, a man wears a shirt that reads "Do I look illegal?"

Other Courses

Africana Studies

  • ENGL/AFST 226: Introduction to Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL/AFST 336: Polyrhythms in Caribbean Literature


  • ANTH 313: Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica (same as LAC 313)
  • ANTH 314: Latinos in the United States
  • ANTH 319: Caribbean Cultures and Societies (same as LAC 319)
  • ANTH 323: Topics in Latin American Ethnography


  • ECON 424: Political Economy of World Development


  • ENGL/AFST 226: Introduction to Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL/AFST 336: Caribbean Literature


  • GEOG 373/LAC 373. Landscapes and Cultures of Latin America


  • HILA 255/LAC 255. Early Latin America and the Caribbean (formerly HIST 255/LAC 251)
  • HILA 256/LAC 256. Modern Latin America and the Caribbean (formerly HIST 256/LAC 252)
  • HILA 343/LAC 341. History of Mexico (formerly HIST 343/LAC 343)
  • HILA 344/LAC 342. History of Brazil (formerly HIST344/LAC 344)
  • HILA 360/ LAC 362. History of Early Latin America (formerly HIST 360/LAC 360)
  • HILA 361/LAC 363. History of Modern Latin America (formerly HIST 363/LAC 363)
  • HILA 383/LAC 383. Studies in Latin American and Caribbean History
  • HILA 450/LAC 450. Slavery in the Early Americas
  • HILA 464/LAC 462. The Spanish Conquest (formerly LAC 464)
  • HILA 465/LAC 463. Gender and Sexuality in Early Latin America (formerly HIST 465/LAC 466)
  • HILA 484/LAC 475. Studies in Latin American and Caribbean History (formerly HIST 475/LAC 475)

Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • PORT 300: Portuguese for Speakers of Another Romance Language
  • PORT 301: Cultural Readings in Portuguese
  • PORT 303: Highlights of Brazilian Civilization
  • PORT 309: Intermediate Conversation and Composition
  • PORT 315: Aspects of Luso-Brazilian Literature
  • PORT 326: Brazilian Cinema (same as CNST 326)
  • SPAN 323: Upper-level Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 331: Introduction to Hispanic Culture (same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 331)
  • SPAN 333: Survey of Spanish-American Literature, 1700 to Present
  • SPAN 334: Survey of Hispanic Literatures, Beginnings-1700
  • SPAN 350: Spanish for Medical & Healthcare Professions
  • PORT 430: Contemporary Brazilian Studies
  • PORT 432: Topics in the Literature and Culture of the Portuguese-speaking World
  • SPAN 401: Cultural Plurality and Institutional Changes in Latin America (same as LAC 401)
  • SPAN 402: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Seminar (Same as LAC 402)
  • SPAN 465: Latin American Film and Culture (Same as LAC 465)
  • SPAN 479: Disenchanted Texts in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 494S: Service Learning in Spanish


  • MUCO 423: Musics of Latin America
  • MUEN 311: Afro-Diasporic Percussion Ensemble

Political Science

  • POLI 456: Latin American Government and Politics

Religious Studies

  • REST 356. Rastafari and Afro-Caribbean Religions

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