Latina/Latino Studies

Jonathan Inda, Chair
Office: 1207 W. Oregon Street, Room 127A, Urbana
PH: (217) 265-0370
http://www.lls.illinois.edu

Email: lls-studies@illinois.edu

The Undergraduate Major in Latina/Latino Studies explores the experiences and lives of Latinas/os in the context of the United States. The major provides a broad and deep approach to theory, research, and multidisciplinary study of the Latina/o experience. Students will complete 34 hours of required and elective courses, and a minimum of 18 hours of supporting course work or a minor in an area outside of the major. Students majoring in Latina/Latino Studies receive excellent preparation for graduate study or careers in education, social and welfare policy, counseling, law, public policy, and other fields that address Latino issues.

Major in Latina/Latino Studies

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

E-mail: aprodrig@illinois.edu
www.lls.illinois.edu

Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Minimum required hours: 52 hours required, including 34 hours in Latina/Latino Studies courses

General education: The LAS General Education requirements will fulfill the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level Latina/Latino Studies courses must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Advising: The Department of Latina/Latino Studies provides advising for students. Students will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help plan a coherent program in their selected area of study.

Departmental distinction: To graduate with distinction in Latina/Latino Studies, a student must have at least a 3.25 overall GPA, a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major, and complete a senior honors thesis. To complete the honors thesis requires a student to enroll in four hours of LLS 495, normally distributed evenly across two consecutive semesters. Students graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in the major (and meeting the other conditions) will be awarded Distinction; those with at least a 3.7 GPA in the major will be given High Distinction.

LLS 100Intro Latina/Latino Studies3
LLS 385Theory and Methods in LLS3
Thematic Areas
Students must take two courses in each of the following three areas. A list of courses is maintained in the Department's office.
A. Literature, Media and Culture6
B. Race, Gender, and Sexuality6
C. History, Politics, and Society6
LLS 490Senior Research Project4
or LLS 495 Senior Honors Thesis
LLS Electives selected from the list of all LLS and cross-listed LLS classes6
Supporting coursework chosen in consultation with an advisor; may be a campus approved minor18
Total Hours52

Interdisciplinary Minor in Latina/Latino Studies

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Latina/Latino Studies will allow students following any major plan of study to gain extensive knowledge in Latina/Latino Studies by completing seven courses (at least 21 credit hours) chosen in consultation with the Department of Latina/Latino advisor. The courses must form a coherent program of study and be approved by the Department of Latina/Latino Studies.

LLS 100Intro Latina/Latino Studies3
LLS 385Theory and Methods in LLS3
Thematic Areas
Students must take one course in each of the following three areas. A list of courses is maintained in the Department's office.
A. Literature, Media, and Culture3
B. Race, Gender, and Sexuality3
C. History, Politics, and Society3
2 elective courses selected from the list of all LLS and cross-listed LLS classes6
Total Hours21

No more than 3 hours may be at the 100 level and at least 6 hours must be 300 and 400-level courses.

Students must officially declare their minor by registering with the Latina/Latino Studies advisor.

Completion of the program requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (A+ = 4.0) in Latina/Latino Studies courses.

LLS Class Schedule

Courses

LLS 100   Intro Latina/Latino Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary introduction to the basis for a Latina/Latino ethnicity in the United States. Topics include immigration and acculturation experiences and their commonalities and differences, comparison of Latina/Latino experiences to those of other racial, ethnic and immigrant groups, and the potential for a pan-ethnic identity.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 201   US Racial & Ethnic Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 201, AFRO 201, and PS 201. See PS 201.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 215   US Citizenship Comparatively   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 215, AFRO 215, AIS 295, and GWS 215. See AAS 215.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 220   Mexican & Latin Am Migration   credit: 3 Hours.

General overview of international migration to the United States, using Latin American migration to the U.S., especially the Midwest, as the focal point. Topics discussed include the history of international migration to the United States, the relationship between history and the contemporary context, the development of U.S. immigration policy, the incorporation of Latino immigrants in U.S. society, and immigrant and community responses to migration. Same as SOC 221.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

LLS 227   Latina/Latinos in the Contemporary United States   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as SOC 227. See SOC 227.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 230   Latina/o Genders & Sexualities   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of major theories and debates surrounding the gendered and sexualized dimensions of the Latina/o experience in the United States. The course is comprised of three major units: Gender, Sexuality, and Sex. In these units, students will read about and discuss issues pertaining to femininity/marianismo, masculinity/machismo, family/familism, desire, sexual behavior, sex work, sexual and gendered violence, and gendered and sexualized representations in pop culture. Same as GWS 230.

LLS 238   Latina/o Social Movements   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on the history and theory of Latina/o social movements. Topics include immigrant mobilizations, transnational organizing, agrarian and farm worker movements, political representation, feminisms and reproductive rights, environmental justice, labor and educational struggles, and urban social movements. Same as HIST 292.

LLS 240   Latina/o Popular Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides an introduction to Latina/o popular culture in the United States. Specific modes of popular culture might include mass media, music, film, video, performance, and other expressive forms. Lecture and readings are in English. Same as ENGL 224 and SPAN 240.

LLS 242   Intro to Latina/o Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of literature by and about people of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latina/o descent in the United States. Taught in English. Same as ENGL 225 and SPAN 242.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 246   Gender & Sexuality in Latina/o Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as SPAN 246. See SPAN 246.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 250   Latina/os on the Bronze Screen   credit: 3 Hours.

Critical, historical, and theoretical exploration of Latina/o representations in U.S. film from the 1900s to the present. Examination of cinematic representations as well as the social, political, and cultural context in which those representations are produced. The focus is on Mexican American and Puerto Rican images, but Hollywood's treatment of other Latina/o communities and ethnic groups will be discussed. Students will be required to attend weekly movie screenings. Same as MACS 250.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 258   Muslims in America   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 258 and REL 258. See AAS 258.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 260   Graffiti and Murals   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ARTH 260. See ARTH 260.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LLS 265   Politics of Hip Hop   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines hip hop as politics, culture, and commodity. Emphasis given to hip hop's relation to urban spaces deeply impacted by state surveillance, cuts in social welfare programs, immigration, and the global restructuring of capital. Also considers the viability of a "politics of hip hop" in the wake of the music's rising value as a global commodity and analyzes hip hop as a transnational site in which gendered and sexual identities are created, contested, and rearticulated. Same as AAS 265.

LLS 278   Mapping Latina/o Inequalities   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores contemporary structural forces that contribute to the concentration of Latinas/os in segregated neighborhoods, and the detrimental effects of housing inequality on Latina/o communities. Focuses on the influence of geographic context in creation and maintenance of racial inequalities as they affect urban, suburban, and small town locals. Further examines the role of space and place in the development and persistence of community identities. Same as SOC 278.

LLS 279   Mexican-American History   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the history of Mexican Americans living within the United States from the Spanish Conquest to the twentieth century. Explores the process of migration, settlement, assimilation, and discrimination with emphasis on continuity and change in Mexican cultural development. Same as HIST 279.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 280   Caribbean Latina/o Migration   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 280. See HIST 280.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 281   Constructing Race in America   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 281, AFRO 281, and HIST 281. See HIST 281.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 296   Topics Latina/o Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Course examines specific topics in Latina/Latino Studies not addressed in regularly offered courses. Examples include theories of ethnic identity, historical foundations, cultural expression, and relevant topics in public policy studies of Latina/Latino communities. May be repeated in same or separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

LLS 301   19thC US Latina/o Lit-ACP   credit: 4 Hours.

Focuses on the fiction (historical novels and poetry) as well as the critical essays of the 1848 Mexican-American War and the 1898 Spanish-American War, the two key 19th century events that determined the status of the people of the Caribbean and Mexican descent in the United States. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 305   Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 300 and GWS 305. See AAS 300.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

LLS 310   Race and Cultural Diversity   credit: 4 Hours.

Same as AAS 310, AFRO 310, and EPS 310. See EPS 310.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 320   Gender & Latina/o Migration   credit: 3 Hours.

Study of the gendered social process of international immigration, focusing on Latin American migration to the United States. Established theories of migration, the history of international immigration to the U.S., and historical and contemporary Mexico, Caribbean and Central American migration flows will be discussed in great detail. Primary focus on how gender shapes the migration experiences of immigrants and the gendered impact of migration on the economic, political, and social status of individuals. Same as SOC 321 and GWS 320. Prerequisite: LLS 100 or SOC 100.

LLS 322   US Latina and Latino Families   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HDFS 322. See HDFS 322.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 355   Race and Mixed Race   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the history of racial classification in the U.S. with special attention to the census and the role of the state more generally in defining race. Emphasis on how race-mixing has been understood in American culture, and on the current literature on "multiracials" and the future of "race" in the U.S. Readings are drawn from interdisciplinary sources, but examined from a sociological perspective. Same as AAS 355 and SOC 355. Prerequisite: Any lower division LLS or SOC or AAS course.

LLS 360   Contemporary US Latina/o Lit   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on the major U.S. Latina/Latino writers and texts and their depictions of the events that have shaped 20th-and 21st-Century U.S. Latina/Latino cultures.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

LLS 370   Latina/o Ethnography   credit: 3 Hours.

Addresses the theoretical, methodological, and ultimately political implications and questions generated by a range of ethnographic materials on Latina/os. Specifically explores culture and power (e.g., racism, sexism, and activism) through ethnographic methods and modes of representation, including literature. Fundamental to the course is the requirement that students engage in ethnographic practice, producing ethnographic research on Latina/os at the University of Illinois. Same as ANTH 370. Prerequisite: Any lower division course in LLS or ANTH.

LLS 379   Latina/os and the City   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the migration and settlement of Latina/o populations (Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans) in U.S. cities. Focus on the historic, economic, social and political factors that influenced these migrations and the choices migrants made to come to the United States and to urban areas in particular. Study of the regional variation among Latina/o groups, and coalition building and collaborative ventures between Latina/os and other communities of color in urban areas. Same as HIST 379.

LLS 382   Race and Migration in Chicago   credit: 3 Hours.

As the "Second City" located in the heartland of America, Chicago is central to many debates on urban space, race, and nation. Specifically, it is an influential site in which Latina/os, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and ethnic whites have come to understand meanings of race in a highly segregated setting. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of racial and ethnic groups in this city, examining issues of migration, gender, segregation, labor, and education from the late nineteenth century to the present. Same as HIST 382. Prerequisite: One course in either LLS or HIST.

LLS 385   Theory and Methods in LLS   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary theories and methods of Latina/Latino Studies. Traditional approaches to the study of ethnicity and race will be interrogated through critical scholarship produced by Latina/Latino Studies scholars across a variety of approaches (anthropology, communications, literature, history, sociology, among others). By learning about a variety of methodological approaches, students will become proficient in conducting ethnic studies research projects about U.S. Latina/o populations. Prerequisite: LLS 100.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

LLS 387   Race, Gender and the Body   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses generally on the relation between power and the body. In western culture, the body is typically thought of as a natural, biological entity. However, as a number of social theorists have pointed out, the body can never be reduced to mere biology. It is also always a product of culture and therefore necessarily implicated in relations of dominance and subordination. Using this framework, the class is specifically concerned with how raced, gendered, and sexed bodies have been imagined in US culture (as abnormal, diseased, criminal, etc.) and with how such bodies have been rendered objects of surveillance, discipline, and regulation. Same as SOC 387. Prerequisite: LLS 100.

LLS 390   Independent Study   credit: 0 to 3 Hours.

Special topics not treated in regularly scheduled courses; designed especially for advanced Undergraduates. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in the same or subsequent terms as topics vary to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: One course in Latina/Latino Studies and consent of instructor.

LLS 392   Chicanas&Latinas: Self&Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the experiences of Chicanas and Latinas through the lens of contemporary sociological research. Topics to be discussed include: community formation and activism, Chicana/Latina feminisms, sexuality, religion, health, family, immigration, education, work, media, and artistic expression. Readings emphasize the link between the structural inequalities of society, and the day-to-day lived experiences of Chicana/Latinas. Same as GWS 392 and SOC 392. Prerequisite: Any 100, 200, or 300-level LLS, GWS, or SOC course.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

LLS 396   Adv Topics Latina/o Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines specific topics in Latina/Latino Studies not addressed in regularly offered courses. Examples include theories of ethnic identity, historical foundations, cultural expression, and relevant topics in public policy studies of Latina/Latino communities. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

LLS 410   Writing Latina/o Chicago   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of novels, poetry, film and memoirs by Latinas and Latinos writing from and/or about Chicago. Through these texts, the course will simultaneously track a Chicago-based Latina/o literary history and analyze articulations of Latina/o everyday life and politics grounded in the city's distinct topographical and social contexts. Issues of migration, gentrification, segregation, youth culture, gender, sexuality, race, violence, poverty, class consciousness, and struggles for social justice will figure prominently in lectures and class discussions. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LLS 100.

LLS 435   Commodifying Difference   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

An interdisciplinary examination of how racial, ethnic and gender difference is negotiated through media and popular culture, and how racial, ethnic and gendered communities use cultural forms to express identity and difference. Among the theoretical questions explored are the politics of representation, ethnic/racial authenticity, cultural commodification and transnational popular culture. Some of the cultural forms examined are cultural festivals/parades, ethnic/race-based beauty pageants, cinematic and televisual texts and musical forms, such as Hip-Hop and Salsa. Same as AAS 435, AFRO 435, GWS 435, and MACS 432. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Any combination of 6 hours from Latina/o Studies, Asian American Studies, Afro-American Studies, Gender and Women Studies or Media and Cinema Studies; graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

LLS 442   Latina Literature   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines literary productions by and about women of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latina/o descent in the United States. Taught in English. Same as GWS 445 and SPAN 442. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: At least one previous course in U.S. Latina/Latino Studies or Gender and Women's Studies, or consent of instructor.

LLS 458   Latina/o Performance   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Focuses on Latina/o performances to underscore the relationship between practices of everyday life and acts on stage. Pays particular attention to the material (human) body and bodies of work. Students will critically engage with performance theory and scripts, media works of performances, and theorizations of Latinidad and the body. Same as ENGL 458. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

LLS 465   Race, Sex, and Deviance   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Explores how racial stereotypes rely on sexual stereotypes by examining the intersections of ethnic studies, gender and women's studies, and queer studies. Interdisciplinary course that draws from critial legal studies, sociology, anthropology, literary criticism, and history. Same as AAS 465, AFRO 465, and GWS 465. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Any lower division course in LLS, AAS, AFRO, or GWS.

LLS 473   Immigration, Health & Society   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

This interdisciplinary seminar examines the social determinants of US racial and ethnic health inequalities through the lens of (im)migration. Topics to be addressed include: conceptualizations of race and ethnicity, immigrant-adaptation theories, discrimination, place, and the intersections of race, ethnicity, poverty, immigration, gender and health. Same as CHLH 473, SOC 473, and SOCW 473. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

LLS 479   Race, Medicine, and Society   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

The idea of race has historically been central to how Western cultures conceptualize and think about human difference. This course examines the historical significance of race through one domain of knowledge: medicine. Specifically, it will be concerned with "race" as a central category in the medical construction and management of individuals and populations. Case studies might focus on colonial medicine, race and public health, sexuality and reproduction, global health disparities, and genetics and genomics. Same as AAS 479 and ANTH 479. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LLS 100 or consent of instructor.

LLS 490   Senior Research Project   credit: 2 or 4 Hours.

Research project leading to a senior paper. 2 or 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing; enrollment as a major in Latina/Latino Studies; and consent of instructor.

LLS 495   Senior Honors Thesis   credit: 2 or 4 Hours.

Research project leading to a thesis. 2 or 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours. May be taken by honors students in partial fulfillment of department honors requirement. Prerequisite: Senior standing; enrollment as a major in Latina/Latino Studies; a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25; a minimum 3.5 grade point average in the major; and consent of supervising professor.

LLS 496   Seminar in Latina/o Studies   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours.