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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Courses
LAC 104 History of Puerto Rico              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3204)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English; SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
The student will discuss the geography of the island; the events that led to the advent of Spain in America; the Spanish conquest and colonization of Borinquen; the later transformation of the island from an unprofitable mine to a military garrison by the end of the 16th century; the factors leading to the economic, military, and population deterioration of the island during the 17th century. The student will discuss and analyze the turn of events that improved conditions on the island during the 18th century, especially the reforms promoted by Marshall O'Reilly.
LAC 106 History of Dominican Republic              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3346)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 222 or SPA 202 or higher when offered in Spanish
The student will discuss the geography of Hispaniola. The student will also discuss and analyze: the events that led to the arrival of Spain in America; the subsequent Spanish conquest and colonization; the relations of Santo Domingo, Haiti, and France; the historical turn of events in the 19th century; the political and economic factors that led to U.S. intervention, the new "caudillismo" and the Trujillo regime.
LAC 252 History of the Caribbean and Latin American Art              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3252)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English; SPA 222 or SPA 202 or higher when offered in Spanish.
This course will present an overview of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art. This course will underscore the African heritage of the island nations, the political nature of Latin American art, and particular attention will be placed on the art of the Dominican Republic, Taino Indians and Puerto Rico.
LAC 108 History of the Caribbean              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3208)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English; SPA 121 when offered in Spanish.
The student will discuss the concept of history and its application to the historical and geographical reality of the Caribbean. The varied colonial developments of the area and their effects upon the development of a modern Caribbean community will be analyzed. The student will compare the historical and geographical differences of the area in order to develop personal interpretations of the Caribbean reality based upon careful analysis. The student will also compile facts, categorize, explain, analyze, and summarize historical events in the different written assignments that will be given.
LAC 109 History of Latin America I Winter 2 credits / 2 hours
Summer 3 credits /3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3209)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 when offered in English; SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
The student will discuss the concepts of history and civilization in order to apply these concepts to the realities of Pre- Colombian America. The student will study and explain the historical development of colonial Latin America, its foundation, growth, and institutions. The student will be able to appraise the effects of colonial policies upon later growth and developments in Latin America.
LAC 110 History of Latin America II              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3210)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 when offered in English; SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
The student will summarize colonial developments and view their effects upon the revolutionary struggle. The student will identify the different historical states of independent Latin America, analyzing the roles of revolution and reaction upon growth and stagnation. The student will view historical developments in 20th century Latin America, and will be able to relate and integrate national events and regional variables.
LAC 118 Caribbean Society & Culture              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3218)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 when offered in English;or
SPA 121 or higher when offered in Spanish
This course will provide a general perspective on the different territories that comprise the modern Caribbean, including the Hispanic and non-Hispanic Caribbean. Organized by themes, the assigned readings and class discussions will focus on the region's political development, economic history, women's status, issues of race and racism, the development of popular music, and contemporary labor migrations.
LAC 132 Hispanic Migration to the United States              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3232)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 when offered in English;or
SPA 121 or higher when offered in Spanish
This course will survey the major Hispanic migrations to the United States during the twentieth century, particularly in the period after 1960. Consideration will be given to Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican settlement in this country. In each case, attention will be drawn to the political, social, and economic forces that influenced migration, the history of the movement of these groups to the U.S., their impact on society, and their current socio-economic status in the United States. Additional subtopics include: the conditions of Latinos in U.S. society and their contribution to the economy, the particular experiences of Hispanic women, the portrayal of Latinos in the mass media, and contemporary Hispanic migration to this country from other areas of the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
LAC 216 The African Presence Caribbean & Latin American              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3216)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English; SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
This course will trace the history of people of African origin from their arrival in the Americas through the first half of the twentieth century. It will examine the African slave trade, slave rebellions and resistance, and the presence of people of African origin in the various countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the class will consider the cultural, social, and political contributions of people of African origin to the Americas, as well as the problems of race and racism in the Caribbean and Latin America. Although not required, it is recommended that students registering for this class also take the CUB African Civilization I course.
LAC 244 Women in Caribbean & Latin American Literature              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3344))
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or above
The student will discuss and analyze women as a creative force in Caribbean and Latin American literature; appraise their contribution to and influence on the various genres; and discuss, analyze, and interpret their involvement in social, political, and cultural conflicts as contained in literary works. The student will discuss and analyze their different roles as portrayed in the works of major writers; and trace the evolution of the concept of womanhood in the various literary movements from the 19th through the early twenty first century.
LAC 246 Latino Literature in the United States              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3346)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or above
This course will focus on the literature of the Latino population in the United States. It begins with an overview of Hispanic literary production in this country and a brief survey of the writings of the early Spanish explorers and colonizers of what is now the U.S. Organized by themes, the course will examine the Latino experience as it is reflected in the literature of the Hispanic population of the United States. Major topics to be considered include the literature of the immigration, the defense of culture and civil rights, attempts to preserve cultural traditions, militant aesthetics, and contemporary reflections on identity.
LAC 252 History of the Caribbean and Latin American Art              3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3252)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or above
This course will present an overview of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art. This course will underscore the African heritage of the island nations, the political nature of Latin American art, and particular attention will be placed on the art of the Dominican Republic, Taino Indians and Puerto Rico.
LAC 262 History of the Caribbean and Latin American Popular Music               3 credits / 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3362)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or above
This course will examine the history of music in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as the history of Latin Music in the United States. Students will study the development of musical traditions in the various countries of Latin America and the island territories of the Caribbean. The class will also focus on the history of Latin American music in the United States and its influence on the music from the early years of the twentieth century to the present. It is recommended that students registering for this class also take VPA 3552 Music Appreciation.
LAC 290 Seminar & Fieldwork in Caribbean Society & Culture    Winter 2 credits, 2 hours
Summer 3 credits, 3 hours
(Formerly FRE 3290)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or above
This is an academic course used as a course equivalent for the Study Abroad Program for seminar and fieldwork in the Caribbean (the geographical location - Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba - will be identified by section-specific codes), and conducted in Spanish or English. Recommended for third semester Hostos/CUNY undergraduate students. The course focuses on the most relevant aspects of Caribbean history, culture and society. To reach these goals, participants will have the opportunity of meeting and working with academicians, intellectuals and artists, while participating in the everyday life of the country. The students will be able to appraise people's lifestyles and problems and relate to them in their natural environment. Participants will thus be able to obtain a clear view of the country, and of its place in the Caribbean. Academic lectures will be held in the morning and the afternoon will be occupied with fieldwork experience, including field trips to institutional settings, historical sites, museums, art galleries, and artists' studios. Guided by notable academicians, the students will be able to distinguish between fact and stereotypes, and between folk and scientific knowledge. The students will compile facts, categorize, explain, analyze, and summarize them in written term papers. This course will be offered during the winter (three (3) weeks) and/or summer (four (4) weeks).
LAC 350 Hostos & Marti: Trailblazers for Freedom & Progress in the Americas              3 credits, 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3350)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or SPA 202 or higher when offered in
Spanish.
This course follows the lives of Eugenio María de Hostos and José Martí through their literature, their endeavors, achievements and contributions to the struggles for freedom, education and progress in the Americas. Students will read, analyze, discuss and gain an understanding of these authors' major works in a historical, political, and literary context. Students will study Hostos and Martí's historical presence in New York City in the later part of the 19th century, and their activism for the selfdetermination and social development of their peoples. Students will also gain an appreciation for similarities and differences between these two important writers, and will explore their legacies to Latin American and Latino intellectual and political pursuits.
LAC 360 The Life of Eugenio María de Hostos              3 credits, 3 hours
(Formerly CUP 3360)
Pre-requisite: ESL 091 or ENG 091 or higher when offered in English or SPA 121 when offered in Spanish
Co-requisite: SPA 222 or SPA 202 or higher when offered in Spanish
The course is devoted to the study of the life, works and contributions of Eugenio María de Hostos to the political, social and cultural development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Students will read, discuss and analyze Hostos' most significant works, including his literary writings, gain an understanding of this writer's work and significance in a historical context, and appreciate through exchanges with special guests and visiting scholars the relevance of Hostos' thinking to present-day Latin American and Latino issues.