Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies

  • Department Information

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies

    Department of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies

    Mariela Méndez de Coudriet, Chair
    Professor Feldman
    Associate Professors Hermida-Ruiz, Kissling, Méndez de Coudriet, Otero-Blanco
    Assistant Professors Amaral-Rodriguez, Giancaspro
    Director of Luso-Brazilian Studies Abreu
    Director of Intensive Language Program in Spanish Peebles
    Assistant Director of Intensive Language Program in Spanish Corradini
    Director of Community-Based Learning Vázquez
    Director of Global Studio Marsh-Soloway

  • Major

    The Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

    9.5 units, including

    One chosen from LAIS 301-LAIS 308  Spanish in Context

    LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop

    One unit of an FSLT taught in LAIS, chosen from

    LAIS 321 Literary Spain

    LAIS 331 Introduction to Spanish American Literature

    LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish American Literature

    Three units above 310 (excluding LAIS 388 and LAIS 389)

    Three units 400-level seminars

    .5 units: Student Research Symposium

    Additional requirements for majors

    1. For students studying abroad for a semester or year, at least one 400-level LAIS seminar must be taken upon return to the University of Richmond. Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
    2. A maximum of three non-University of Richmond courses can be transferred toward the LAIS major
    3. All LAIS majors need to have completed previously at least two 300-level LAIS courses in order to receive LAIS credit from a study abroad program. Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
    4. A maximum of three courses with a C-LAC component may be counted toward the major. Only one of these courses may be taken outside the Department of Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies.
  • Minor

    The Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

    Six units, including

    One unit chosen from LAIS 301-LAIS 308: Spanish in Context

    LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop

    One unit of an FSLT taught in LAIS, chosen from

    LAIS 321 Literary Spain

    LAIS 331 Introduction to Spanish American Literature

    LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish American Literature

    Three units above 310 (excluding LAIS 388 and LAIS 389)

    Additional requirement for minors

    1. All LAIS minors need to have previously completed at least two LAIS courses at the 300 level at the University of Richmond in order to transfer credit from a study abroad program.  Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
    2. For students studying abroad for one semester or one year, at least one course must be taken upon return to the University of Richmond. Visit lais.richmond.edu/program/study-abroad.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.
  • Advanced

    LALIS Curriculum for Students with Advanced or Superior Proficiency in Spanish

    The following curriculum is designed for students entering the university with advanced or superior proficiency in Spanish. This includes native speakers, heritage speakers, and students who have acquired advanced proficiency through residence in a Spanish-speaking country. Students with advanced or superior proficiency must seek the advice of a faculty member in the department before registering.

    Students with advanced or superior proficiency who wish to pursue a major or minor in LALIS should complete their studies with courses higher than 309.  The total number of units required for the major remains 9.5;  for the minor, six.

    Students with advanced or superior proficiency who wish to take LALIS courses as electives, without pursuing a major or minor, should follow the same criteria. Students cannot take a  course below 309 for elective credit, except with permission of the department.

  • Cross School

    Cross-School Major in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies and International Business

    (Earned in conjunction with a major in the Robins School of Business with an international business concentration.)

    9.5 units, in addition to completing all requirements of the international business concentration for the business administration major, including

    One chosen from LAIS 301-LAIS 308: Spanish in Context

    LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop

    One unit chosen from:

    LAIS 321 Literary Spain

    LAIS 331 Introduction to Spanish American Literature I

    LAIS 332 Introduction to Spanish American Literature II

    Two units in LAIS at the 400 level, one of which must be taken upon return from study abroad

    One semester in Latin America or Spain at an approved institution with an all-Spanish curriculum in business (four courses)

    LAIS 496 Senior Symposium

    The cross-school major in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies and International Business represents a collaborative project between the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences and the International Business Program in the Robins School of Business. The curriculum includes a semester abroad at one of the University's partner institutions (for example, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, Universidad de Deusto in Spain, or Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico). At such institutions, students will continue their Robins School concentrations in classes with both local and other international students.

    In order to prepare for the experience abroad, students in LAIS will have a solid base of 300-level courses taken on the Richmond campus. Upon return they will broaden their knowledge of literary and cultural studies through advanced seminars as well as continue their Robins School coursework.

  • Note-Portuguese

    Note about Portuguese

    LAIS 349, Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers, is an accelerated language course aimed at students already fluent or proficient in Spanish (either heritage speakers or advanced students who have completed at least one FSLT course in LAIS: 321, 331, or 332).  Permission of instructor required in other cases.  This course may be taken as elective credit for the LALIS major and minor.  Students taking this course may also earn credit towards the Luso-Brazilian Studies Minor.

  • Related

    Related Fields

    Global Studies: Politics and Governance

    Luso-Brazilian Studies

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Study abroad is strongly encouraged for all students. The department offers summer study programs in Argentina and Spain. In addition, there are exchange agreements for study during the academic year in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Spain. Visit lalis.richmond.edu/study-abroad/index.html for all study abroad requirements and policies.

  • Outreach

    Outreach Program

    The LALIS Outreach Program at the University of Richmond builds bridges with the Hispanic community, giving students the opportunity to enrich their cultural experience and use their language skills. Students participating in this program may work for a minimum of 20 hours per semester for an additional .25 units of credit (up to .5 units of credit).

Courses

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  • LAIS 121 Intensive Elementary Spanish

    Units: 2

    Description

    For students with no prior experience studying the Spanish language. Stresses development of skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a fast-paced environment, which includes an introduction to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish, with two additional weekly practice sessions.

  • LAIS 151 Spanish for Advanced Beginners

    Units: 1

    Description

    Advanced beginner's course is designed for students who need a review of elementary Spanish before continuing on to Spanish 221. The course will concentrate on the fundamentals of the Spanish grammar system as applied to the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Taught in Spanish, with two additional weekly practice sessions.

    Prerequisites

    At least two years of high school Spanish.

  • LAIS 221 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

    Units: 2

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)

    Description

    Stresses further development of language production and reception skills through expanded creative activities including class discussions, written compositions, and in-class presentations. The cultural component includes readings, films, and Web-based authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Taught in Spanish, with two additional weekly practice sessions.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 121 or 151 or permission of department.

  • LAIS 231 Intensive Intermediate Portuguese

    Units: 2

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)

    Description

    Reinforcement and further development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Portuguese; detailed survey/study of Lusophone cultures.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 131

  • LAIS 301 Spanish in the Community

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through the study of the Latin American immigrant experience. In addition to the classroom study of Hispanic immigrant literature, newspapers, and films, students will participate in an outreach project in the local Hispanic community. Note: The community-based learning component may also be undertaken independently. Contact the department for more information.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

  • LAIS 302 Spanish in Fiction

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through literary texts of the Hispanic world. Reading of poems, short stories, plays, and short novels and interpretion through class discussions and regular writing assignments. This is not an FSLT course.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

  • LAIS 303 Spanish in the Media

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through a focus on mass media in Spanish and Latin American culture. Spanish will be taught through direct contact with newspapers, journals, TV programming, and films. Students are expected to participate actively in class debates and presentations, complete written assignments on a regular basis, and view all programs and films assigned by the instructor.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

  • LAIS 304 Spanish in the Theater

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through the study and performance of contemporary plays from Latin America. Special attention will be given to the discussion of social, cultural, historical, and political aspects of the texts studied, as well as their genre-specific characteristics.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

  • LAIS 305 Spanish in Politics and Society

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills through the study and discussion of current events and issues in the Spanish-speaking world.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

  • LAIS 306 Spanish in Business

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills relative to commercial documents and transactions commonly used in the Hispanic world. Practice in writing based on materials needed for conducting business in Spanish.

    Prerequisites

    Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 221.

  • LAIS 308 Let's Talk About Film

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of aural, oral, and written communication skills in Spanish through the study of representative films, fiction and documentary.

    Prerequisites

    LAIS 221

  • LAIS 309 Spanish Writing Workshop

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of grammatical structure of Spanish. Writing practice.

    Prerequisites

    LAIS 221

  • LAIS 310 Spanish for Heritage Speakers

    Units: 1

    Description

    Spanish instruction for students with at-home Spanish-language experience (heritage speakers). Covers a variety of topics relevant to Spanish speakers in the United States, including, but not limited to, immigration, hybrid identity and Spanglish. Meant to broaden Spanish vocabulary, sharpen grammatical accuracy, and improve awareness of what it means to be a native Spanish speaker in the United States.

  • LAIS 311 Perspectives on Peoples and Cultures of Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of society, cultures, arts, history, and ideas of Spain.

    Prerequisites

    One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

  • LAIS 312 Introduction to Latin American Studies

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of society, cultures, arts, history, and ideas of Latin America.

    Prerequisites

    One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

  • LAIS 314 Luso-Brazilian Studies: A Global Perspective

    Units: 1

    Description

    A comprehensive overview of the many cultures that comprise the Luso-Brazilian world, with attention to texts that have played significant literary, cultural, social, and historical roles in the construction of Lusofonia. Taught in English. Students may opt to complete complementary coursework in Portuguese or Spanish with the available C-LAC components. Elective credit for LALIS major/minor granted only with completion of corresponding C-LAC component in Spanish.

  • LAIS 321 Literary Spain: Poetry, Drama, Fiction

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Introduction to literary analysis within the cultural context of Spain. Critical tools for approaching specific literary genres: short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Readings are selected for their literary, cultural, and historical significance.

    Prerequisites

    [(One course chosen from LAIS 301-308) and LAIS 309] or LAIS 310

  • LAIS 322 Spain on Stage

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    500 years of theatre in Spain, with a framework and methodology for reading and interpreting dramatic texts and for contemplating their transference to the stage and the screen. Special attention devoted to the evolution of performance practices, as well as the sociocultural, economic, political, and aesthetic conditions inspiring a series of representative plays from the late Middle Ages to the present.

    Prerequisites

    LAIS 309 or 310.

  • LAIS 331 Introduction to Latin American Literature I

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Introduction to Spanish-American literature and critical literary analysis. Focus on primary texts dating from the 15th through 19th centuries (331); 20th century (332).

    Prerequisites

    [(One course chosen from LAIS 301-308) and LAIS 309] or LAIS 310

  • LAIS 332 Introduction to Latin American Literature II

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Introduction to Spanish-American literature and critical literary analysis. Focus on primary texts dating from the 15th through 19th centuries (331); 20th century (332).

    Prerequisites

    [(One course chosen from LAIS 301-308) and LAIS 309] or LAIS 310

  • LAIS 349 Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers

    Units: 1

    Description

    Accelerated introduction to Brazilian Portuguese language and culture for students already proficient in Spanish. Focus on developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the study of grammar and selected readings.

    Prerequisites

    ITAL 321 or FREN 320 or 324 or 325 or 326 or 327or LAIS 321 or 331 or 332

  • LAIS 357 Seville in History and Fantasy

    Units: 1

    Description

    An introduction to Seville as one of the most important cities in the history and culture of Spain, from its ascendancy during the Roman Empire to its decline in the 18th century. The course focuses on Seville as [1] an ideal entry point to learn about both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic history of Europe up until the eighteenth century, and [2] one the major fantasy sites of European and North-American Romantic orientalism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most readings for this course will be in Spanish.

    Prerequisites

    One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

  • LAIS 361 Spanish Misfits

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the character of "the outsider" in the short fiction of 19th and early 20th century Spain, with special emphasis on the cultural and political history of the Iberian Peninsula.

    Prerequisites

    One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

  • LAIS 371 Introduction to Latin American Film

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of prominent examples of Latin American film production with special attention paid to aesthetic aspects of cinematographic language and cultural questions embodied in the films examined (same as FMST 371).

    Prerequisites

    For Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies majors/minors: Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies 309. For Film Studies majors/minors: Film Studies 201 or 202 with a grade of C or better.

  • LAIS 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Not to be counted as credit toward the major or minor. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Admission by audition/permission of department.

  • LAIS 389 Practice Assistantship

    Units: .25

    Description

    Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequences in Spanish. The practice assistantship does not count as course credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • LAIS 397 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.

    Prerequisites

    One of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 and 309.

  • LAIS 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • LAIS 411 Bilingualism in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines phenomena related to societal bilingualism (e.g. language shift, policies, and education) in various communities within the US, Latin America, and Spain, as well as phenomena related to individual bilingualism (e.g. acquisition, processing, and code switching).

  • LAIS 412 The Sounds of Spanish

    Units: 1

    Description

    Taught in Spanish. Salient differences between the sound systems of English and Spanish to improve pronunciation of Spanish. How sounds are represented in the mind and why first languages impact accent in second languages. Analysis of a variety of regional and social dialects in order to improve aural comprehension as well as understand the social significance of language variation and how language is used to craft identities. Requires original research projects in sociophonetics.

    Prerequisites

    LAIS 309 and one course from LAIS 310-497

  • LAIS 421 Christians, Jews and Muslims from Frontier to Empire: Medieval Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of the interaction between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Spanish Peninsula from the establishment of Al-Andalus to the consolidation of the Spanish Empire. An analysis of this cultural period in light of the attention given (or not given) to it in contemporary historiography, either as an exemplary moment of religious tolerance or "convivencia," or as early proof of what is now called "the clash of civilizations" or "clash of cultures."

  • LAIS 431 Imperial Spain: The Age of Conflict

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of literary responses to the new constitution of Spain as Empire and new definitions of Spanish identity.

  • LAIS 432 True Lies: Fiction and Truth in Don Quijote

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of Cervantes' successful formula for the novel. Analyzes conflict between fiction and truth as the basis for a new realist novel proposed by Cervantes.

  • LAIS 451 Literature of Exile

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of Spanish exile literature and multiple constructions of the exilic imagination in relation to Spanish cultural and political history.

  • LAIS 452 Spanish-American Poetic Texts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the communicative power of poetic language with special emphasis given to identification of basic tools for interpreting poetic texts in relation to individual and general contexts

  • LAIS 453 Romantic Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    An examination of Spanish romanticism, a cultural movement that was as artistically rich as it was intellectually contentious. Our perspective will be enhanced by the work of writers, painters, and composers from beyond Iberian borders (i.e., England, the United States, France, and Italy), whose fascination with the exotic lands of southern Europe inspired them to create their own portrayals of romantic Spain.

  • LAIS 454 Modern Literature of Galicia

    Units: 1

    Description

    An interdisciplinary approach to the study of modern Galician literature and culture (Galician traditions, visual art, film) and their relevance within a global context.

  • LAIS 455 Barcelona: Text and City

    Units: 1

    Description

    The cultural, intellectual, and urban history of the city of Barcelona from the mid 19th century to the present, with special attention to how the city is portrayed in literature and other works of art.

  • LAIS 462 Visions of Contemporary Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the cultures of contemporary Spain since the transition to democracy with special attention given to literature, film, theatre, art, popular culture, and mass media.

  • LAIS 463 Modern Spanish Narrative

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of representative narrative texts from the 19th to the 21st century. Emphasis on the technical and thematic innovations of the novel and short story as well as the social and historical contexts that have shaped literary production.

  • LAIS 464 Modern Theatre in Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of written dramatic texts and performance traditions from Spain. Selections may include works from the 18th century to the present.

  • LAIS 465 Cinema of Spain

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of significant Spanish films with special attention to their relationship to politics, culture, society, and history.

  • LAIS 472 Latin American Theater

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of leading contemporary theatrical movements in Spanish America with focus on universal aspects of language of the theater and uniqueness of Spanish-American themes and trends.

  • LAIS 474 Contemporary Writing in Latin America

    Units: 1

    Description

    An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the literary movements currently taking place in Latin America. Special attention devoted to the literature published during the last decade of the 20th century as a defining period in which new trends become consolidated. Covers the entire region, focusing on works published in the Southern Cone, Colombia, Central America, Mexico, and Cuba.

  • LAIS 475 Writing Sex and Gender in Latin America

    Units: 1

    Description

    Question of representation and self-representation of women in selected Spanish-American texts. Attention given to recently developed theories relevant to women's writing and concerns.

  • LAIS 476 Literary Journalism in Latin America

    Units: 1

    Description

    Explores the intersections between journalism and literature through the reading and analysis of crónicas, a very popular genre in Latin America since the end of the nineteenth century. Discussion, readings, and assignments will focus on: 1) the chronicle as a flexible genre and an opportunity for writers to become cultural, literary, social and political critics; 2) the chronicle as a privileged site for the analysis of the social, political, and historical context and its connection with fields of cultural production.

  • LAIS 477 Literature of the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of texts representative of multiple ethnic and cultural influences (indigenous, European, and African) at play in the Caribbean basin.

  • LAIS 483 The Art of Embodiment: Space and Body in Colonial Spanish America

    Units: 1

    Description

    Provides a framework for the articulation of colonial theories of space, body, and materiality through the analysis of a variety of textual and artistic traditions coming from both sides of the ocean. Themes include: indigenous and European cosmographies and cartographies, the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in the making of white supremacy fantasies, the debate on the linguistic legitimacy of indigenous pictographic languages versus European alphabetic languages, and the sacred/profane nature of objects in indigenous (idolatrous) religious practices.

  • LAIS 486 U.S. Latino/a Literature

    Units: 1

    Description

    Comprehensive study of Hispanic-Americans' struggle for identity in light of their historical, ethnic, economic, and cultural positions in the United States.

  • LAIS 487 Latin America: Encounter and Conflict

    Units: 1

    Description

    Thematic study of representative Spanish-American texts, focusing on the search for identity and confrontation occurring between different societies, systems of thought, and cultures.

  • LAIS 495 Independent Study

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Special research projects pursued individually under faculty supervision. Project proposal must be fully developed in conjunction with a faculty member prior to presentation for department approval.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • LAIS 496 Senior Symposium

    Units: .5

    Description

    Presentation at the Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Spring Symposium of research project carried out within the context of an LAIS seminar. Offered in spring semester only.

    Prerequisites

    Senior standing.

  • LAIS 497 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Special interest topics offered at discretion of the department.