Latin American and Latinx Studies

Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures
https://cultures.rice.edu
207 Rayzor Hall
713-348-4868

Jacqueline Coutí
Department Chair, Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures
jacqueline.couti@rice.edu

Latin American and Latinx Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures (MCLC) Department, designed to further understanding of the cultures, histories, and politics of Latin America as well as Latinx communities in the U.S. as viewed from regional and global perspectives.

The Latin American and Latinx Studies program also draws from courses and faculty from a wide range of departments and programs, including Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, English, French Studies, History, Spanish and Portuguese, Political Science, and Sociology. This program provides a challenging context for students to develop core skills in interdisciplinarity, language, communication (written and oral), theory, research methodologies, and geography. The department also offers a minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies.

Latin American and Latinx Studies does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures

Jacqueline Coutí

Program Advisor 

Sophie Esch

Professors

José F. Aranda, Jr.
Krista Comer
Jacqueline Coutí
Luis Duno-Gottberg
Farès El-Dahdah
Beatriz González-Stephan
Gisela Heffes
Rosemary Hennessy
A. Cymene Howe
Carlos Jiménez
Mark P. Jones
Alida C. Metcalf
Alexander T. Regier
M. Rafael Salaberry
Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

Associate Professors

Alexander X. Byrd
Sophie Esch
Moramay López-Alonso
Fabiola López-Durán
William Suárez-Potts

Assistant Professors

Margarita Castromán
Amarilys Estrella

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALX)

LALX 158 - INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Short Title: INTRO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course immerses students into Caribbean and Latin American studies by introducing them to the history, society, politics, and culture of the region, through a cross-disciplinary and a multi-national approach. Taught in English. Open to all students. Previously offered as SPAN 158 and LASR 158. Credit cannot be earned for LALX 158 if a student has previously taken SPAN 158 or LASR 158. Cross-list: SPAN 158.

LALX 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Activity Course, Intensive Learning Experience, Independent Study, Internship/Practicum, Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture/Laboratory, Research, Seminar, Studio

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

LALX 251 - CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY

Short Title: BRAZIL: CONTINUITY & CHANGE

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: An exploration of themes essential to understanding modern Brazil, such as the origins of a multi-racial society, the transition from monoculture to industry, authoritarian and democratic trends, the emergence of a uniquely Brazilian culture, and the conflicts - environmental, political, and economic - over the development of the Amazon. Cross-list: HIST 251.

LALX 350 - PIRATES, REBELS, NARCOS: LATIN AMERICAN OUTLAWS IN THE POLITICAL-CULTURAL IMAGINATION

Short Title: PIRATES, REBELS, NARCOS

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The outlaw is a central figure in the political-cultural imagination on Latin America. Through a study of popular culture and literature, this course provides a critical exploration of this figure: from pirates and runaway slaves in colonial times, to nineteenth century bandits, and more recently guerrillas and narcos. Taught in English. Formerly offered as LASR 350.

LALX 378 - LATIN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT: IDENTITY, LIBERATION, MODERNITY

Short Title: LATIN AM. POLITICAL THOUGHT

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course gives students an overview of the main thinkers, currents, concepts, and topics in Latin American and Latinx political thought. It is organized around three modules that address central topics: identity & transculturation; liberation; and modernity. Taught in English. Counts toward the minor in PLST. Formerly offered as LASR 378.

LALX 390 - RECLAIMING THE FUTURE: CONTEMPORARY TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE & SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA

Short Title: TECH CULTURE & SOC IN LATIN AM

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: What is the role of technology in helping Latin America articulate a post-neoliberal future? This course examines the past, present, and future of the relation between technology and society in Latin America, focusing on contemporary efforts in popular culture and media to syncretize old and new forms of knowledge and techno-social production. Taught in English. Formerly offered as LASR 390.

LALX 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Activity Course, Intensive Learning Experience, Independent Study, Internship/Practicum, Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture/Laboratory, Research, Seminar, Studio

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

LALX 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Short Title: INDEPENDENT STUDIES

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A variable-credit course designed for students who want to pursue intensive semester-long study of a particular topic not included in the curriculum. Language may be in English or Spanish. Instructor permission required. Repeatable for credit. Formerly offered as LASR 490. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

LALX 492 - DIRECTED RESEARCH

Short Title: DIRECTED RESEARCH

Department: Modrn & Classicl Lit & Culture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent research and investigation on any aspect of Latin America, Latin American studies, or U. S. Latinx studies. This course includes directed research and/or a research project. Student will work independently with only minimal faculty supervision. Permission of the instructor is required. Formerly offered as LASR 492. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

 
 

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference:

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject code for Latin American and Latinx Studies: LALX

Department Description and Code

  • Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures: MCLC

Undergraduate Degree Description and Code

  • Bachelor of Arts degree: BA 

Undergraduate Major Description and Code

  • Major in Latin American and Latinx Studies: LALX 

Undergraduate Minor Description and Code

  • Minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies: LALM 

CIP Code and Description1

  • LALX Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 05.0107 - Latin American Studies
  • LALM Minor: CIP Code/Title05.0107 - Latin American Studies