Latina/Latino Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Latina/Latino Studies

College of Ethnic Studies

Dean: Kenneth Monteiro

 

Department of Latina/Latino Studies

EP 103
Phone: 415-338-6160
E-mail: latinos@sfsu.edu
Chair: Teresa Carillo

 

Faculty

Professors: Almaguer, Cordova, Cuellar, Murguia, Rivera
Associate Professors: Carrillo, Duncan-Andrade, Garcia, Martinez, Mirabal
Assistant Professor: Reyes
Lecturers: Calloway, Dávila, Kury, Quiñonez

 

Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies

Minor in Latina/Latino Studies

 


 

Program Scope

Latina/Latino Studies is a unique liberal arts B.A. degree program with an emphasis on equity, social justice, and community empowerment. Our programs offer an opportunity to study within a multidisciplinary framework of knowledge to develop critical thinking skills, analytical and writing skills, and an area of expertise centered on Latinos in California and the United States. Our program is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and consciousness that empower students to function as effective leaders in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global society. The major prepares students for graduate and professional schools for a wide range of public and private sector employment, and for a lifetime of community commitment and involvement.

 

The Latina/Latino Studies curriculum is critical, analytical, holistic, and cutting-edge. Students choose an integrated series of Major or Minor required and elective courses, as well as General Education classes focused on Latinos in the United States. Theoretical frameworks address race, class, sexuality, and gender inequities historically and in the present time in an analysis of multiple marginalities, community resistance, and empowerment.

 

Latina/Latino Studies curriculum favors a pan-Latino and comparative approach grounded in the US but sometimes following a trajectory back to Latin American countries of origin and the indigenous cultures and histories connected to Latino diasporic communities. The institutional experiences, social and national identities, cultural expressions and resistance movements of Chicano/a, Mexican, Central and South American, and Caribbean-American communities in the U.S. are centrally addressed. We emphasize gender, transnational identities, global economies, social movements, and literatures of resistance across the curriculum.

 

The Latina/Latino Studies curriculum is grounded in our local communities. Our programs stress commitment to community service, to civic engagement, social justice, and equity. We stress the importance of critical, socially responsible scholarship and link our classrooms to local communities and their empowerment through our own Community Service Learning Program. We also have short-term international study tours to Mexico and Cuba (Cuba travel suspended until the Cuba travel ban is lifted).

 

Community Service Learning Internships and International Study Tour

Supervised local community service learning internships and international study tours offer unique learning opportunities for students that enrich and expand their academic experience. Students may earn up to six units in each of these programs toward the Latina/Latino Studies Major or Minor. Students participate in organized group fund raising activities to support their travel. Permission of the supervising faculty is required to travel. Students report back to the campus community the results of the study tours.

 

The department requires that students complete at least one 3 unit, thirty five hour local community service learning internship for the Latina/Latino Studies Major and the Minor. Internships are available every semester. Students choose internships from a wide variety of community-based organizations and government agencies, research and policy organizations, and schools. Students must concurrently enroll in a 3 unit online reflection component, LTNS 694 "Community Service Learning". The community service learning internships are designed to enrich the academic experience and to prepare students for future careers as well as to establish empowering mutually beneficial contacts within the Latino communities of the greater Bay Area. It is a goal of the CSL Program to instill in our students a life-long commitment to community service and civic engagement.

 

Students interested in joining the International Study Tour to Cuba must first successfully complete LTNS 692 "Cuba: Health, Education and Culture". The Cuba study tour is designed to provide students with opportunities to interact with local people and public officials and to learn about culture, social institutions and community organizations in Cuba.

 

The Mexico Study-Tour travels in late May and early June, leaving the Monday following graduation. The intensive twelve-day trip to Mexico DF and Morelos is faculty supervised. Students meet with activists from community-based organizations and schools to learn about grass-roots political and social change. Students planning to travel to Mexico must first successfully complete LTNS 670, "Mexican Politics and Society", covering Mexican history and politics and Mexico’s unique relationship to the United States. This course is offered every spring semester.

 

Clínica Martín Baró. Clínica Martín Baró is a community clinic providing health and medical services in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Clínica was established by faculty, students and licensed medical personnel from Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University and from the Medical School at the University of California, San Francisco. Clínica Martín Baró offers service learning internships to students considering careers in the health and medical fields. Students must first successfully complete or concurrently enroll in LTNS 210 "Latino Health Care Perspectives."

 

Extra Curricular Activities: Latina/Latino Studies fosters mentoring relationships with students. A range of support services is offered, including educational planning, advising, academic skills development, professional and graduate school and scholarship application assistance and career development. Cipactli, a journal of creative works by students is published annually. Students are encouraged to become members of the academic Association of Latina/Latino Studies Major and Minor Students, (ARMMS).

 

Statuary Requirements for U.S. History and Government

Students may elect to complete Statutory Requirements for graduation with the following courses offered by the department:

 

LTNS 276 Latina/Latino, U.S. Government, and Constitutional Ideals

LTNS 376 History of Latinos in the U.S.

 


Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies

The Latina/Latino Studies major provides students with a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and methodologies that define the field. The degree program prepares students to pursue graduate and professional studies or alternatively to begin careers in the public or private sectors. The 39 unit B.A. in Latina/Latino Studies consists of 12 units of core courses, 12 units of courses chosen from three focus areas, and 15 units of electives chosen on advisement from the list of courses that are offered by the department. Students must complete at least one 3-unit Community Service Learning internship and online reflection component for the Major.

 

There are three broad areas of course offerings in Latina/Latino Studies:

  1. Arts and Humanities - The Department offers courses in Art History, Aztec Philosophy, Literature, film, journalism and Comparative Music Folklore.
  2. History - The Department offers, a comparative Latino history course that fulfills the statutory requirement for U.S. History as well as specialized history courses on the diverse Latino subgroups in the United States: Mexican American, Central, South and Caribbean Americans.
  3. Behavioral and Social Science - The Department offers a range and variety of courses on public and social policy issues in health, education, family, immigration, community life, politics, economy, communications, juvenile and criminal justice as well as courses on race, gender, and social inequality.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Core Courses

Course Title Units
LTNS 215 Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies 3
LTNS 410 Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os 3
LTNS 435 Oral History Methods: Theory and Practice 3
LTNS 680 Latina/Latino Community Organizing 3

 

Arts and Humanities: 3 Units selected on advisement from the following

Course Title
LTNS 225 Survey of Latina/Latino Visual Images
LTNS 230 Introduction to Latina/Latino Literature
LTNS 270 Latina/Latino Arts and Humanities
LTNS 525 Policy Making and Latinos
LTNS 305 Latina/Latino Studies Creative Writing Workshop
LTNS 320 Latina/Latino Art History (CSL)
LTNS 409 Latino/a Cinema
LTNS 425 Comparative Music Folklore (CSL)
LTNS 440 Caribbean Cultures and Spirituality
LTNS 455 Resistance Literature of the Americas
LTNS 475 Aztec Philosophy
LTNS 490 Latina/Latino Teatro Workshop
LTNS 520 North and South American Cultural Expression
LTNS 530 Latina/Latinos and the Media
LTNS 536 Latina/Latino Journalism
LTNS 560 Contemporary Latina/Latino Literature
LTNS 575 Latina/Latino Culture and Identity
LTNS 679 Central American Literature: Roots to the Present

 

History: 3 Units selected on advisement from the following

Course Title
LTNS 450 Indigenismo: Indigenous Cultures of the Americas
LTNS 265 Topics in Latina/Latino History
LTNS 315 Latina/Latinos in California (CSL)
LTNS 376/
HIST 463 
History of Latinos in U S
LTNS 435 Oral History Methods: Theory and Practice
LTNS 460 Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage
LTNS 465 Mexican Americans: History and Heritage
LTNS 467 Caribbeans in the U.S.: History and Heritage
LTNS 501 Latin America: The National Period
LTNS 533 History of Women in Latin America

 

Behavioral and Social Sciences: 6 Units selected on advisement from the following

Course Title
LTNS 205 Cyber Raza: Culture and Community On-line (CSL)
LTNS 210 Latino Health Care Perspectives (CSL)
LTNS 276 Latina/Latino, U.S. Government, and Constitutional Ideals (CSL)
LTNS 280 Transculturation and Latina/Latino Communities
LTNS 525 Policy Making and Latinos
LTNS 355 Black Indians in the Americas
LTNS 380 Afro/Latina/Latino Diasporas
LTNS 410 Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os (CSL)
LTNS 415 Economic Progress of Latinos in the U.S. (CSL)
LTNS 430 Race, Crime, and Justice (CSL)
LTNS 445 Gendered Borders: Latinas and Globalization
LTNS 470 Latina/Latino Immigration to the U.S. (CSL)
LTNS 485 Latina/Latino Youth, Crime, and Justice (CSL)
LTNS 500 Latina/Latino Community Mental Health
LTNS 505 Gender, Sexuality, and Latino Communities
LTNS 510 Latina/Latino Families Narrative
LTNS 515 Transnational Character of Human Rights in Central America
LTNS 580 Educational Equity (CSL)
LTNS 640 Sociology of the Latino Experience
LTNS 660 Latina/Latino Politics (CSL)
LTNS 670 Mexican Politics and Society (CSL)
LTNS 680 Latina/Latino Community Organizing (CSL)
LTNS 685 Projects in the Teaching of Latina/Latino Studies
LTNS 690 Community Fieldwork in Latina/Latino Studies
LTNS 692 Cuba: Health, Education, and Culture
LTNS 693 Cuba: Community Service Learning (CSL)
LTNS 694 Community Service Learning (CSL)
LTNS 698 Senior Seminar in Latina/Latino Studies
LTNS 707 Seminar in Latina/Latino Studies

Total: 12 units

Electives units selected on advisement: 15 units

Total for major: 39 units

 

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

 

Note: Students must complete at least one community service learning module consisting of 3 units of LTNS 694 and 3 units selected from Latina/Latino Studies courses designated (CSL). The two courses must be taken concurrently. Courses marked (CSL) offer internship opportunities.

 

Minor in Latina/Latino Studies

A minor is available to students who have selected a different major but also want to pursue a coherent course of study in the field of Latina/Latino Studies. The minor program enables students to supplement a major in a different field with course work in Latina/Latino Studies. The minor requires a set of core courses supplemented with a selection of electives chosen on advisement that complement the major they have chosen. The minor consists of 24 units of which 9 are required core units, 9 are distributed among three areas of emphasis, and 6 are elective units chosen on advisement.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Minor Program Requirements

Course Title Units
LTNS 215 Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies 3
LTNS 680 Latina/Latino Community Organizing 3

Choose one of the following:

Course Title
LTNS 410 Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os
LTNS 435 Oral History Methods: Theory and Practice

Total for Required Courses: 9 units

 

Arts and Humanities: 3 Units selected on advisement (see list under B.A. in Latina/Latino Studies)

History: 3 Units selected on advisement (see list under B.A. in Latina/Latino Studies)

Behavioral and Social Sciences: 3 Units selected on advisement (see list under B.A. in Latina/Latino Studies)

Total for required units: 18 units

Electives: 6 Units selected on advisement (see list under B.A. in Latina/Latino Studies)

Total Units Required for the Minor: 24 units

 

Note: Students must complete at least one community service learning module as part of the Latina/Latino Studies Minor. Courses marked (CSL) offer internship opportunities.

 

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