Spring 2019 Course Offerings

HISP 337: Latino Identity in the U.S. (C. Shouse)

The diverse population of Latino groups traces its origins to a variety of countries and their experience in the United States is quite varied. This course will examine the socio-historical background and economic and political factors that converge to shape Latino/Hispanic identities in the United States. This class will explore issues of race, class, and gender within the Latino community in the United States (Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central and South America). Prerequisites: 312 or 316.Offered in Spring.

HIST 200E: Inventing/Conquest of Mexico (B. Larkin)

Students will examine the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire from 1517-1521 from multiple perspectives to develop a deeper understanding of the historian’s craft. Texts will include firsthand accounts of the conquest by Hernán Cortés, the captain of the intrepid band of Spanish adventurers, by Bernal Díaz, a foot soldier in Cortés’ army, and by anonymous Aztec Indians who lived through the fall of their empire. Students will also read later historians’ interpretations of the conquest and its consequences for Mexico.

HIST 321: Mexico: Aztecs to Independence (B. Larkin)

This course begins with the Spanish conquest and ends with Independence from Spain in 1821. Includes the consequences of the conquest for Native Americans, the formation of new hybrid societies and cultures in a racially diverse world, gender relations, religion and the church, and 18th-century efforts to reform Mexican society according to Enlightenment ideals.

SOCI 337Q: Cultural Journeys in Latin America (M. Sheehan)

This course offers an introduction to Latin America through a social science framework. Latin America is a vast expanse of geographic extremes from the glaciers of Patagonia to the Amazon basin. The region is home to more than half a billion people, speaking over eight hundred languages in twenty different nations. It is a region of contrasts, where wealth and poverty are often in close proximity. It is the world’s most urbanized region, yet Latin America is often associated with agrarian communities. Throughout the semester, students will relate anthropological concepts such as culture, community, identity, and political economy to specific case studies. The class will be guided by a central paradox, in which students will explore Latin America’s great diversity while also identifying the cultural factors that unify and shape the region.