This course provides an introduction to the history of Latinxs (and Hispanics, a distinction in terms the course will address) in the United States. It explores the impact of various historical actors—women and men, natives and immigrants, political leaders and political dissidents, exiles and refugees—whose actions, interactions, and dynamics shaped the country and defined its character, its politics, its culture, its economics, and its social structures—in other words, its history.
Construction of Latino/a identity(ies) and formation of community voices through the lens of cultural, political, and social issues at local and national level. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish. Includes service-learning component. Recommended students take 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling. One course.
This seminar explores the overlapping layers of community among Latinx communities in the United States. The course begins with an interrogation of the concept of an overarching community formed by diverse groups of multiple national origins and with differing experiences. We will explore the historical origins and the sometimes-problematic nature of terms like “Hispanic,” “Latino/a,” and “Latinx.” As the course progresses, students will be exposed to multiple case studies that illustrate the diversity of experiences of Latinx groups in multiple settings, ranging from large urban centers