U.S. Latino/a Studies Program (US LS)

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Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.


History and current lives of the Latino/a peoples in the United States, including Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and South and Central Americans, as well as information specific to Iowa Latino/as, will be covered. Through readings, class discussions, writing assignments, and guest speakers, students will acquire accurate information and a solid understanding of the US Latino/a population and cultural perspectives. Elements of Latino/a culture to be covered include historical, sociological, educational, psychological, economic, and political facets.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3.


Historical and cultural heritage of Latinas/os in the United States. The histories of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latin American peoples in the U.S. emphasizing political and cultural convergence and congruencies.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with SOC). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: SOC 134
Examination of the social, historical, economic and political experience of varied Latino ethnic groups in the U.S. - primarily focusing on Mexican, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with RELIG). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered odd-numbered years.


A study of the religious behavior and attitudes expressed in the literature of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other groups of people living in the U.S. who trace their ancestry to the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with POL S). (3-0) Cr. 3.


Political institutions, processes, and contemporary issues. Selected countries examined intensively to illustrate generalizations. Role of parties, military, church, human rights, women, environmental issues, interest groups, ideology, and globalization.

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ENGL 250
An introduction to the literature of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other Latino/a sub-groups. Special emphasis on themes such as ethnic relations and comparisons with EuroAmerican literary traditions.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with PSYCH). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Two courses in Psychology including PSYCH 101
Historical, political, and social contexts of psychological and mental health constructs in terms of their validity and utility for use with Latino/a people in the U.S. Unique aspects of psychological functioning particular to Latino/a people in the U.S.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered even-numbered years.

Prereq: 3 credits of 200-level HIST at Iowa State and sophomore classification.
History of the Mexican American community in the U.S. from the 1820s to the present. Topics include community development, employment, social marginalization, racism/discrimination, depression and world wars, civil rights, ethnic power and politics.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with AF AM, HIST). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
Comparative history of the civil rights and ethnic power movements (African American, Chicano, American Indian, Puerto Rican, among others) in the U.S. from World War II to the present. Topics include institutional foundations, leadership, gender and racial dynamics, and the convergences and divergences of these differing ethnic struggles for rights.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: permission of instructor
Independent study under supervision of instructor. No more than 3 credits may count towards the U.S. Latino/a Studies certificate.