2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Latina/Latino Studies Program (LLS)

Transnational Studies

1004 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14620-4680
Ph: 716-645-2082
F: 716-645-5976
W: www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu
Cecil Foster
Chair

The Learning Environment

Latina/Latino studies is an interdisciplinary program, comprising courses that focus on various aspects of the U.S. Latina/Latino, as well as the Latin American, experience. The term Latino is inclusive of the diverse Hispanic communities in the United States, such as Chicano, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and others. The program offers only a minor (no major). The course of study combines its Latino courses with offerings from history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and language.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Transnational Studies is house in 1004 Clemens Hall and has three dedicated seminar rooms. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

The Latina/Latino Studies program has core faculty within the Department of Transnational Studies who have distinguished themselves as scholars and teachers. Additionally, they are joined by renowned affiliated faculty from throughout the university and western New York.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Transnational Studies department website for additional information about our faculty.

LLS Courses


  • LLS 11SA Special Studies Hispanic
    Tutorial

    Special Studies Hispanic

    Credits: 0 - 99
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 200LEC Black Roots in Spanish American Literature
    Lecture

    Examines literature of the Spanish American black experience by writers of African and European ancestry.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 204LEC Introduction to Puerto Rican Culture
    Lecture

    Explores dichotomies, such as history and myth, culture and acculturation, and tradition and change in relation to the Puerto Rican experience on the island and on the mainland.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 208LEC Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Literature
    Lecture

    Studies major Puerto Rican authors of the twentieth century within the framework of historical colonial Puerto Rican reality.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 256LEC Latin/o American Politics
    Lecture

    This course explores recent debates and major issues in Latin American and Latino politics and society using a transnational and interdisciplinary approach.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 301SEM Ethnicity and the Puerto Rican Experience
    Seminar

    Examines class and race as coordinates of the Puerto Rican experience in the world; also considers ethnicity as it relates to the discovery and perception of reality.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 303SEM Mainland Puerto Rican Experiences
    Seminar

    Examines lifestyle and emerging cultural personality of Puerto Ricans raised on the mainland, as well as Puerto Rican dynamics' role in American social and cultural change.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • LLS 305SEM Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion
    Seminar

    Familiarizes students with the rich cultural syncretisms of Afro-Caribbean culture from a Latin American perspective, challenges the miasma of mysticism surrounding the religions as viewed by developed nations, and provides students with the basic skills necessary to conduct field research from an anthropological perspective.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • LLS 307SEM History of Ideas in Puerto Rico
    Seminar

    Examines sociopolitical ideas that have exerted a decisive influence in the formation of a Puerto Rican culture and conscience from the second half of the nineteenth century to present times.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 308SEM Black Presence in Latin American Culture
    Seminar

    Considers black presence and black heritage within Latin American culture, viewed through literature, films, art, and the theatre. Also explores stereotypes in arts and the mass media.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • LLS 322LEC Latina/o American Cinema
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • LLS 401SEM Seminar in Puerto Rican Studies
    Seminar

    Special topics pertaining to Puerto Rican and Latin American experiences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 402SEM Puerto Rican Literature
    Seminar

    Surveys major issues in Puerto Rican society from the late 1800s to the present as represented in major literary texts from the five literary genres: novel, short story, drama, poetry, and essay. Class, gender, race, and ethnicity are the major topics that inform class readings and discussions. The course's goal is to discover and define what is la puertorriqueñidad.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 404LEC Havana: City and Culture
    Lecture

    An interdisciplinary course that examines Havana's urban development, from the sixteenth century to the present, as a process that has produced not only a city of universal projections but also a complex symbolic universe that speaks of the struggles and aspirations of its citizenry. Looks at Havana as a complex spatial phenomenon and gives students the basic background they need to understand fundamental political problems in Cuba's history and the intricacies of its socioracial environment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 440SEM Caribbean Short Stories
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 475SEM Latino Masculinity
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • LLS 481LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • LLS 482SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • LLS 483SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • LLS 484SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Published: November 16, 2017 08:32:57 AM