Course Offerings

Fall 2017

LLAS 1009-Latino Literature, Culture, and Society (SPAN 1009)-Vialcary Crisostomo; T/Th 11:00AM-12:15PM, STRS 002

Critical approaches to Latinos/as and cultural representation, production, and agency, as impacted by globalization and local dynamics. Will engage the value and function of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, literature, film, music, digital culture, visual arts, and urban culture. CA 1. CA 4.


LLAS 1190W–Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean (HIST 1600)-Samuel Martínez; T/Th 8:00-9:15AM, FSB 103

Multi-disciplinary exploration of historical development of Latin American and the Caribbean—colonization and nation formation; geography/environment; immigration/migration; race, ethnicity, gender in society, politics, economy, and culture. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 1. CA 4-INT.


LLAS 1570–Migrant Workers in Connecticut (HIST 1570)-Anne Gebelein; Wednesdays 2:30-5:30PM, Ryan 240

Interdisciplinary honors course which examines the life and work experiences of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean migrant workers with a focus on CT. Integrated service learning component. Field trips required. Four credits. CA 1. CA 4. Instructor consent required.


LLAS 2001-Latinos, Leadership and Mentoring—Fany Hannon, Mondays 3:35PM-6:05PM, PRLACC

Introduces issues affecting Latinos in higher education. Leadership and mentoring training. Students analyze responsibilities and commitments in context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change.


LLAS 2474-Economic Development in Latin American and the Caribbean—Jorge Agüero, T/Th 9:30AM-10:45AM

Survey of the economic history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Analysis of present-day development issues in the region, including economic growth, poverty, education, and health.


LLAS 3221–Latinos and Human Rights (HIST 3575 and HRTS 3221)-Anne Gebelein; M/W/F 12:20-1:10PM, AUST 163

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.


LLAS 3233–Studies in Latina/o Literature (ENGL 3607-001)-Anne Gebelein; T/Th 11:00-12:15PM

“Book club” conversations about contemporary identity among Latinx youth. Novels, memoirs, poetry, and spoken word. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.


LLAS 3250—Latino Health and Health Care (HDFS 3442)—Dr. Yvette Martes; Wednesdays 5:30PM-8:00pm, FSB 216

Overview of health and health care issues among Latinos in the United Sates. Particular attention is paid to cultural and social factors associated with health and well being (e.g., migration, acculturation, SES).


LLAS 3265—Literature of Puerto Rico and  the Spanish Caribbean (SPAN 3265)—Guillermo Irizarry; T/Th 2:00PM-3:15PM

Readings and discussions of major authors and works of the Spanish Caribbean with special emphasis on Puerto Rico. Recommended preparation: SPAN 3178 or instructor consent.


LLAS 3271—Immigration and Transborder Politics (POLS 3834)-Charles Robert Venator Santiago, T/Th 12:30PM-1:45PM, OAK 105

U.S. immigration policy, transborder politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.S. foreign policy, with emphasis on Latino diasporas. Open to juniors or higher.


LLAS 3525—Latino Sociology (SOCI 3525)-Daisy Reyes, T/Th 2:00PM-3:15PM

The economic, social, political, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States.


LLAS 3609—Latin America in the National Period (HIST 3609)-Mark Healey, M/W 4:00PM-5:15PM, BUSN 226

Representative countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean together with the historic development of inter-American relations and contemporary Latin American problems. Open to sophomores or higher. CA 1. CA 4-INT.


LLAS 3998-001—Variable Topics: Legal Institutions and Social Change: From Latin America to the United States by Way of Europe-Angel Oquendo, Wednesdays 3:35PM-6:05PM

Covers constitutional law, specific areas of private law, and considers how legal institutions further social change. Introduces civil law traditions and legal history, comparing Latin America to the U.S. and Europe.


LLAS 3998-002—Variable Topics: Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender-Steven Wisensale, T/Th 2:00PM-3:15PM, STRS 001

Topics covered: origins of the game; baseball in business; the game amidst labor conflicts and scandal; Babe Ruth’s America; baseball and war; racism, Jim Crow laws, and the Negro Leagues; baseball and economics; collective bargaining and the rise of free agency; steriods, gambling, sabermetrics and moneyball; women and baseball; gay athletes; the game in Latin America and Asia; the future of the game. Instructor consent required.


LLAS 4212—Field Internship in Latino Studies—Anne Gebelein

Work in cultural community-oriented setting(s). May be repeated for up to 6 credits.


LLAS 4320—Media and Special Audiences (COMM 4320)—Diana Rios; On-Line

Media content and audience responses. Ethnic, racial, and gender issues in mainstream and ethnic media. Special audiences include Latina/os, African Americans, Asian Americans, Women, Gays, and Lesbians. Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 1300.


LLAS 4470—Soap Opera/Telenovela (COMM 4470)—Diana Rios; On-Line

Socio-cultural functions of soap operas/telenovelas as mediated serials constructed by commercial organizations and consumed by United States and global audiences. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 3300.


LLAS 5000—Seminar in Latin American Studies (INTS 5000)-Anne Gebelein, Tuesdays 2:00PM-4:45PM, Ryan 240

Interdisciplinary introduction to graduate level study of Latin America.


LLAS 5100—Comparative Transnational Latin(o) American History (HIST 5610)—Mark Overmyer-Velázquez; Mondays 10:30AM-1:15PM, Ryan 240

Critical issues in diverse U.S. Latina/o histories and forces that contributed to the arrival of people of Latin American and Caribbean heritage to the United Sates. Topics include: The epistemological origins and historiographical traditions of the field; U.S. empire; labor, migration, and diaspora; border formations; constructions of gender and sexuality; and comparative racialization.


LLAS 5110—Special Topics: —Angel Oquendo; Wednesdays 3:35PM-6:05PM

Covers constitutional law, specific areas of private law, and considers how legal institutions further social change. Introduces civil law traditions and legal history, comparing Latin America to the U.S. and Europe.


LLAS 5360—Latinos and U.S. Education (EDCI 5740)—Jason Irizarry; Wednesdays 4:00PM-6:30PM, FSB 18

Historical context of schooling for Latinos in the US and the impact of “push and pull” economics on migration patterns. Explores educational policy issues; theoretical discussions related to (under)achievement. Covers relationship between dominant/subordinate cultures and languages and their effects on classroom discourses. Undergraduate must have instructor approval and register as LLAS 3999.


LLAS 3999, LLAS 5110, LLAS 5390 Independent Study can be arranged with any of the following:

Dr. Jorge Agüero, Economics,, 860-486-3022

Dr. Anne Gebelein, El Instituto,, 860-486-8030

Dr. Jason Irizarry, Education,, 860-486-9523

Dr. Samuel Martínez, Anthropology,, 860-486-4515

Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, History,, 860-486-5508

Dr. Daisy Reyes, Sociology,, 860-486-4336

Dr. Diana Rios, Communication Sciences,, 860-486-3187

Dr. Charles Robert Venator Santiago, Political Science,, 860-486-9052