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Students complete the program in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies with more than a knowledge of languages, literatures and cultures, but also an understanding of the phenomena that build cultural identity and political communities.

Courses
LAIS 121 Intensive Elementary Spanish
Units: 2
Description
For students with no prior experience studying the Spanish language. Stresses development of skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a fast-paced environment, which includes an introduction to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish, with two additional weekly practice sessions.

LAIS 131 Intensive Elementary Portuguese
Units: 2
Description
Intensive introduction to the Portuguese language. Stresses development of skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a fast-paced environment that includes an introduction to the cultures of the Lusophone world.

LAIS 151 Spanish for Advanced Beginners
Units: 1
Description
Advanced beginner's course is designed for students who need a review of elementary Spanish before continuing on to Spanish 221. The course will concentrate on the fundamentals of the Spanish grammar system as applied to the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Taught in Spanish, with two additional weekly practice sessions.
Prerequisites
At least two years of high school Spanish.

LAIS 221 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Units: 2
Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)
Description
Stresses further development of language production and reception skills through expanded creative activities including class discussions, written compositions, and in-class presentations. The cultural component includes readings, films, and Web-based authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish, with two additional weekly practice sessions.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 121 or 151 or permission of department.

LAIS 231 Intensive Intermediate Portuguese
Units: 2
Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)
Description
Reinforcement and further development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Portuguese; detailed survey/study of Lusophone cultures.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 131

LAIS 301 Spanish in the Community
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through the study of the Latin American immigrant experience. In addition to the classroom study of Hispanic immigrant literature, newspapers, and films, students will participate in an outreach project in the local Hispanic community. Note: The community-based learning component may also be undertaken independently. Contact the department for more information.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

LAIS 302 Spanish in Fiction
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through literary texts of the Hispanic world. Reading of poems, short stories, plays, and short novels and interpretion through class discussions and regular writing assignments. This is not an FSLT course.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

LAIS 303 Spanish in the Media
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through a focus on mass media in Spanish and Latin American culture. Spanish will be taught through direct contact with newspapers, journals, TV programming, and films. Students are expected to participate actively in class debates and presentations, complete written assignments on a regular basis, and view all programs and films assigned by the instructor.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

LAIS 304 Spanish in the Theater
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through the study and performance of contemporary plays from Latin America. Special attention will be given to the discussion of social, cultural, historical, and political aspects of the texts studied, as well as their genre-specific characteristics.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

LAIS 305 Spanish in Politics and Society
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through the study and discussion of current events and issues in the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

LAIS 306 Spanish in Business
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills relative to commercial documents and transactions commonly used in the Hispanic world. Practice in writing based on materials needed for conducting business in Spanish.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

LAIS 307 Spanish in Law and Justice
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through a focus on the use of Spanish in topics related to law and justice.

LAIS 308 Let's Talk About Film
Units: 1
Description
Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills in Spanish through the study of representative films, fiction and documentary.
Prerequisites
LAIS 221

LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop
Units: 1
Description
Analysis of grammatical structure of Spanish. Writing practice.
Prerequisites
LAIS 221

LAIS 311 Perspectives on Peoples and Cultures of Spain
Units: 1
Description
Study of society, cultures, arts, history, and ideas of Spain.
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 312 Perspectives on Cultures and Nations of Latin America
Units: 1
Description
Study of society, cultures, arts, history, and ideas of Latin America.
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 321 Literary Spain: Poetry, Drama, Fiction
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduction to literary analysis within the cultural context of Spain. Critical tools for approaching specific literary genres: short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Readings are selected for their literary, cultural, and historical significance.
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 331 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature, I
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduction to Spanish-American literature and critical literary analysis. Focus on primary texts dating from the 15th through 19th centuries (331); 20th century (332).
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature, II
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduction to Spanish-American literature and critical literary analysis. Focus on primary texts dating from the 15th through 19th centuries (331); 20th century (332).
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 333 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Units: 1
Description
Accelerated introduction to Brazilian Portuguese language and culture for students already proficient in Spanish. Focus on developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the study of grammar and selected readings.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332

LAIS 343 Luso-Brazilian Studies: A Global Perspective
Units: 1
Description
A comprehensive overview of the many cultures that comprise the Luso-Brazilian world, with attention to texts that have played significant literary, cultural, social, and historical roles in the construction of Lusofonia. Taught in English. Students may opt to complete complementary coursework in Portuguese or Spanish with the available C-LAC components. Elective credit for LALIS major/minor granted only with completion of corresponding C-LAC component in Spanish.

LAIS 357 Seville in History and Fantasy
Units: 1
Description
An introduction to Seville as one of the most important cities in the history and culture of Spain, from its ascendancy during the Roman Empire to its decline in the 18th century. The course focuses on Seville as [1] an ideal entry point to learn about both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic history of Europe up until the eighteenth century, and [2] one the major fantasy sites of European and North-American Romantic orientalism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most readings for this course will be in Spanish.
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 361 Spanish Misfits
Units: 1
Description
Study of the character of "the outsider" in the short fiction of 19th and early 20th century Spain, with special emphasis on the cultural and political history of the Iberian Peninsula.
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 371 Introduction to Latin American Film
Units: 1
Description
Study of prominent examples of Latin American film production with special attention paid to aesthetic aspects of cinematographic language and cultural questions embodied in the films examined (same as FMST 371).
Prerequisites
For Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies majors/minors: Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 309. For Film Studies majors/minors: Film Studies 201 or 202 with a grade of C or better.

LAIS 388 Individual Internship
Units: .25-1
Description
Not to be counted as credit toward the major or minor. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Admission by audition/permission of department.

LAIS 389 Practice Assistantship
Units: .25
Description
Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequences in Spanish. The practice assistantship does not count as course credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

LAIS 397 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.
Prerequisites
One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

LAIS 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

LAIS 411 Bilingualism in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain
Units: 1
Description
Examines phenomena related to societal bilingualism (e.g. language shift, policies, and education) in various communities within the US, Latin America, and Spain, as well as phenomena related to individual bilingualism (e.g. acquisition, processing, and code switching).
Prerequisites
LAIS 321, LAIS 331, or LAIS 332

LAIS 421 Christians, Jews and Muslims from Frontier to Empire: Medieval Spain
Units: 1
Description
Analysis of the interaction between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Spanish Peninsula from the establishment of Al-Andalus to the consolidation of the Spanish Empire. An analysis of this cultural period in light of the attention given (or not given) to it in contemporary historiography, either as an exemplary moment of religious tolerance or "convivencia," or as early proof of what is now called "the clash of civilizations" or "clash of cultures."
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 431 Imperial Spain: The Age of Conflict
Units: 1
Description
Study of literary responses to the new constitution of Spain as Empire and new definitions of Spanish identity.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 432 True Lies: Fiction and Truth in Don Quijote
Units: 1
Description
Study of Cervantes' successful formula for the novel. Analyzes conflict between fiction and truth as the basis for a new realist novel proposed by Cervantes.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 451 Literature of Exile
Units: 1
Description
Study of Spanish exile literature and multiple constructions of the exilic imagination in relation to Spanish cultural and political history.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 452 Spanish-American Poetic Texts
Units: 1
Description
Study of the communicative power of poetic language with special emphasis given to identification of basic tools for interpreting poetic texts in relation to individual and general contexts
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 453 Romantic Spain
Units: 1
Description
An examination of Spanish romanticism, a cultural movement that was as artistically rich as it was intellectually contentious. Our perspective will be enhanced by the work of writers, painters, and composers from beyond Iberian borders (i.e., England, the United States, France, and Italy), whose fascination with the exotic lands of southern Europe inspired them to create their own portrayals of romantic Spain.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332

LAIS 454 Modern Literature of Galicia
Units: 1
Description
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of modern Galician literature and culture (Galician traditions, visual art, film) and their relevance within a global context.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 455 Barcelona: Text and City
Units: 1
Description
The cultural, intellectual, and urban history of the city of Barcelona from the mid 19th century to the present, with special attention to how the city is portrayed in literature and other works of art.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 462 Visions of Contemporary Spain
Units: 1
Description
Study of the cultures of contemporary Spain since the transition to democracy with special attention given to literature, film, theatre, art, popular culture, and mass media.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 463 Modern Spanish Narrative
Units: 1
Description
Study of representative narrative texts from the 19th to the 21st century. Emphasis on the technical and thematic innovations of the novel and short story as well as the social and historical contexts that have shaped literary production.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 464 Modern Theatre in Spain
Units: 1
Description
Study of written dramatic texts and performance traditions from Spain. Selections may include works from the 18th century to the present.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 465 Spanish Cinema
Units: 1
Description
Study of significant Spanish films with special attention to their relationship to politics, culture, society, and history.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 472 Contemporary Spanish-American Theater
Units: 1
Description
Study of leading contemporary theatrical movements in Spanish America with focus on universal aspects of language of the theater and uniqueness of Spanish-American themes and trends.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 473 Political Action and Latin American Indigenous Film
Units: 1
Description
Examines the main cinematic movements in Latin America, in which political action and the vindication of indigenous peoples and their land coalesce with a concern for a new film aesthetic. (Same as Film Studies 473)
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332 or Film Studies 201 or 203.

LAIS 474 Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: Contemporary Writing in Latin America
Units: 1
Description
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the literary movements currently taking place in Latin America. Special attention devoted to the literature published during the last decade of the 20th century as a defining period in which new trends become consolidated. Covers the entire region, focusing on works published in the Southern Cone, Colombia, Central America, Mexico, and Cuba.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 475 Women and Writing in Latin America
Units: 1
Description
Question of representation and self-representation of women in selected Spanish-American texts. Attention given to recently developed theories relevant to women's writing and concerns.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 476 Literary Journalism in Latin America
Units: 1
Description
Explores the intersections between journalism and literature through the reading and analysis of crónicas, a very popular genre in Latin America since the end of the nineteenth century. Discussion, readings, and assignments will focus on: 1) the chronicle as a flexible genre and an opportunity for writers to become cultural, literary, social and political critics; 2) the chronicle as a privileged site for the analysis of the social, political, and historical context and its connection with fields of cultural production.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332

LAIS 477 Literature of the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean
Units: 1
Description
Study of texts representative of multiple ethnic and cultural influences (indigenous, European, and African) at play in the Caribbean basin.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 484 The Latin American Essay
Units: 1
Description
Examines the cultural history of Latin America and the construction of its intellectual traditions through the study of the essay. Special attention given to the definition of the genre within Spanish-American literature and its role in public debates from colonial to contemporary Latin America.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 485 Latin American Narrative
Units: 1
Description
Study of representative Spanish-American novels and/or short stories from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Attention given to technical aspects of literary narrative as well as cultural contexts.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 486 U.S. Latino/a Literature
Units: 1
Description
Comprehensive study of Hispanic-Americans' struggle for identity in light of their historical, ethnic, economic, and cultural positions in the United States.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 487 Latin America: Encounter and Conflict
Units: 1
Description
Thematic study of representative Spanish-American texts, focusing on the search for identity and confrontation occurring between different societies, systems of thought, and cultures.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.

LAIS 495 Independent Study
Units: .25-1
Description
Special research projects pursued individually under faculty supervision. Project proposal must be fully developed in conjunction with a faculty member prior to presentation for department approval.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

LAIS 496 Senior Symposium
Units: .5
Description
Presentation at the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Spring Symposium of research project carried out within the context of an LAIS seminar. Offered in spring semester only.
Prerequisites
Senior standing.

LAIS 497 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Special interest topics offered at discretion of the department.
Prerequisites
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 321, 331, or 332.