Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Office: 3326 Faculty Administration Building; 313-577-4378
   Fax: 313-993-4073
Director: Jorge L. Chinea
Associate Director for Recruitment and Retention:
    
Ethriam Cash Brammer
College-to-Career Program Coordinator: Tamara Serrano Chandler
   (e-mail: tamaraserrano@wayne.edu)

Website: http://clas.wayne.edu/cllas/


Latino/a and Latin American Studies (Co-Major Program)

Latino/a and Latin American Studies Courses (LAS)

Latino/a and Latin American Studies Minor

Mission

Student Success Programs


Teaching Faculty

Jorge L. Chinea, José Cuello, Nicole Trujillo-Pagán

Affiliate Faculty

Jorgelina Corbatta

Mission

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies strives to pro­mote equitable access to a quality university education to students interested in Latino/a and Latin American cultural studies, and to enhance diversity on the campus. The Center accomplishes its mis­sion through a four-part program in: 1) student services; 2) research in the field of Latino/a and Latin American Studies; 3) internal Univer­sity advocacy on Latino/a perspectives; and, 4) outreach to the Latino/a and larger off-campus communities. The research and teaching specializations of the faculty associated with the Center are Mexican history, Caribbean studies, South American literature, United States Latino/a studies and student learning strategies in higher education.

Student Success Programs

Latino/a Studies' comprehensive student services are based on a leadership development and an academic self-empowerment model. The Center hosts three distinct comprehensive student success pro­grams: the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), currently funded by external foundations; the Chicano-Boricua Studies (CBS) Scholars Program (a WSU learning community, which continues to bear the previous name of the Center in honor of its alumni as well as the many contribution of its former faculty and staff) and, the College to Career (C2C) Program, a second WSU learning community, which is designed to prepare graduating students for post-baccalaureate/pro­fessional degrees and future careers. Students in good standing who are enrolled in these programs also benefit from supplemental finan­cial support through the WSU Office of Financial Aid, the John Helfman Latino en Marcha (LEM) Grant, the Latinos de Livonia Scholarship, and the Cynthia Estrada Labor and Social Justice Award.

Admission: The requirements for admission to the CBS Scholars Program are competitive and include: submission of an official Wayne State Application for Undergraduate Admission; a personal interview; interest in learning about Latino/a history and culture; and demonstrated potential for academic and personal growth.

Latino/a and Latin American Studies (Co-Major Program)

Completion of the Center's Co-Major Program leads to a co-major degree in the field of Latino/a and Latin American Studies. This multi-disciplinary program of study is designed to strengthen the career preparation of students in all majors who plan to work in national and international multicultural environments where knowledge about Latin America, the Caribbean, Latino/a Studies, and multicultural diversity would be a valuable asset. Completion of the co-major is noted on the student's transcript.

Admission: Students submit a Declaration of Major Form at the beginning of their junior year. (See Major Requirements )

Co-Major Requirements: Completion of fifteen credits in the follow­ing core courses and a minimum of eighteen credits from the list of elective courses. Appropriate courses may be substituted with the prior approval of the Center's Director.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (fifteen credits)

LAS 2100 -- Chicano Literature and Culture: Cr. 3
LAS 2110 -- Puerto Rican Literature and Culture: Cr. 3
LAS 2410 -- (FC) History of Mexico: Cr. 3
LAS 2420 -- (FC) History of Puerto Rico and Cuba: Cr. 3
LAS 2430 -- History of Latino/as in the United States: Cr. 3
LAS 3610 -- Seminar in Latino/a Urban Problems: Cr. 3

ELECTIVE COURSES (eighteen credits)

ANT 3220 -- The Inca and their Ancestors: Cr. 3
ANT 3540 -- (FC) Cultures and Societies of Latin America: Cr. 3

HIS 3995 -- Special Topics in History: Latin America: Cr. 1-4

P S 3735 -- Politics of Latin America: Cr. 4

SPA 4630 or SPA 4640
    -- Survey of Spanish American Literature I: Cr. 3
    -- Survey of Spanish American Literature II: Cr. 3
SPA 5560 -- Spanish American Cultures and Their Traditions: Cr. 3
SPA 6600 -- Spanish American Colonial Literature: Cr. 3
SPA 6620 -- The Spanish American Novel II: Cr. 3
SPA 6630 -- Spanish American Poetry: Cr. 3
SPA 6670 -- Latin American Novel to 1900: Cr. 3

Latino/a and Latin American Studies Minor

The Center's minor in Latino/a and Latin American Studies was cre­ated for all WSU students wishing to pursue a formal course of stud­ies in U.S. Latino/a and Latin American cultural studies. It requires six courses for a minimum of eighteen credits. Students desiring to minor in Latino/a and Latin American Studies students must com­plete:

A. Introductory LAS research course (3 credits)

LAS 1420 -- Introduction to Interdisciplinary Latino/a Studies: Cr. 3

B. Two LAS core courses (6 credits):

LAS 2100 -- Chicano Literature and Culture (SPA 2400): Cr. 3
LAS 2110 -- Puerto Rican Literature and Culture (SPA 2500): Cr. 3
LAS 2410 -- (FC) History of Mexico (HIS 2440): Cr. 3
LAS 2420 -- (FC) History of Puerto Rico and Cuba: Cr. 3
LAS 2430 -- History of Latinos in the United States (HIS 2430): Cr. 3
LAS 3610 -- (SS) Seminar in Latino Urban Problems: Cr. 3
LAS 3800 -- (SPA 3800) Spanish for Heritage Learners: Cr. 3

C. The following LAS community-based research course:

LAS 3710 -- (SOC 3710) Learning About Your Community through Research:
   Cr. 4

D. A minimum of two courses (5-6 credits) from the following:

ANT 3220 -- The Inca and Their Ancestors: Cr. 3
ANT 3540 -- (FC) Cultures and Societies of Latinos in America: Cr. 3
ANT 5060 -- Urban Anthropology: Cr. 3

BEP 5000 -- Brazil Exchange Program: Cr. 1-15

HIS 3995 -- Special Topics in History: Latin America: Cr. 1-4

LAS 1910 -- (HIS 1910) (HS) Latin America from Independence to the Present:
             Cr. 3
LAS 3510 -- Mesoamerican Civilization: Cr. 3
LAS 3990 -- Directed Study: Cr. 1-3
LAS 5231 -- (HIS 5231) The Conquest in Latin America (HIS 7231): Cr. 3
LAS 5234 -- (HIS 5234) Race in Colonial Latin America: Cr. 3
LAS 5237 -- (HIS 5237) The Mexican Revolution (HIS 5237): Cr. 3
LAS 5239 -- (HIS 5239): Latin American Migration to the United States
   (HIS 7239): Cr. 3
LAS 5560 -- (SPA 5560) Spanish American Cultures and Their Traditions: Cr. 3

P S 3735 -- Politics of Latin America: Cr. 4
P S 3795 -- Latin America in World Affairs: Cr. 4

SPA 3040 -- Commercial Spanish: Cr. 3
SPA 3050 -- Medical Spanish: Cr. 3
SPA 3100 -- Grammar Review and Composition: Cr. 3
SPA 3200 -- Conversation: Cr. 3
SPA 3300 -- Readings in Hispanic Literature and Culture: Cr. 3
SPA 4610 -- Survey of Spanish Literature I: Cr. 3
SPA 4620 -- Survey of Spanish Literature II: Cr. 3
SPA 4630 -- Survey of Spanish American Literature I: Cr. 3
SPA 4640 -- Survey of Spanish American Literature II: Cr. 3