Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CLST)

CLST 1001  Learning Community I  (1 semester hour)  
Part one of three. Open to all first-year students, including Chicana/o Latina/o Studies majors and minors and Latinx Alumni Association scholars. Students engage one another in conversations about shared identities and learn about university resources for academic, social, and professional success.
CLST 1002  Learning Community II  (1 semester hour)  
Part two of three. Open to all first-year students, including Chicana/o Latina/o Studies majors and minors and Latinx Alumni Association scholars. Students engage one another in conversations about shared identities and learn about university resources for academic, social, and professional success.
CLST 1116  Introduction to Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies  (4 semester hours)  
An interdisciplinary overview of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies to familiarize students with historical and contemporary issues in Chicana/o and Latina/o communities. University Core fulfilled: Foundations: Studies in American Diversity.
CLST 1998  Special Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 1999  Independent Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 2003  Learning Community III  (1 semester hour)  
Part three of three. Open to all sophomores, including Chicana/o Latina/o Studies majors and minors and Latinx Alumni Association scholars. Students engage one another in conversations about shared identities and learn about university resources for academic, social, and professional success.
CLST 2100  Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Methods  (4 semester hours)  
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary and intersectional forms of analysis and is required of CLST majors and minors. This is a course about how we approach our fields of study (they may be multiple) and how the questions we ask shape what we can know.
CLST 2206  Introduction to Chicana/o, Latina/o Literature  (4 semester hours)  
An overview of a range of genre, themes, and concepts created by Chicana/o and other U.S. Latina/o writers.
CLST 2998  Special Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 2999  Independent Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 3001  Transfer Learning Community  (1 semester hour)  
First-semester transfer students who have declared Chicana/o Latina/o Studies majors and minors or Latinx Alumni Association scholars take this course to find community, build a Latine consciousness at LMU, and learn about university resources for academic, social, and professional success. Consent of Instructor.
CLST 3301  Literature by Women of Color  (4 semester hours)  
(See WGST 3301.)
CLST 3302  Chicanas and Latinas in the U.S.  (4 semester hours)  
Analysis of the historical, social, and cultural characteristics that shape the roles of Chicanas and Latinas in the U.S.
CLST 3308  Contemporary Urban Issues  (4 semester hours)  
Using service learning in Los Angeles, the course helps students understand how the lives of Chicanas/os and Latinas/os are shaped by politics, economics, culture, history, and access to nation-state institutions. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections; Flag: Engaged Learning. Corequisite: CLST 3309.
CLST 3309  Engaged Learning Lab  (0 semester hours)  
This course is a zero-semester-hour lab that is required for CLST 3308. Credit/No Credit grading. Corequisite: CLST 3308.
CLST 3310  Guadalupe, Queen of the Américas  (4 semester hours)  
The course investigates the Virgin of Guadalupe's religious, cultural, and artistic significance among Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States. It uses interdisciplinary methods to examine Latino theology, the faith-practices and devotions to Guadalupe, and contemporary visual arts. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Faith and Reason; Flag: Writing.
CLST 3315  Mexico City/LA Comparison  (1 semester hour)  
An exploration of the connections between Los Angeles and Mexico City, which include the analysis of the shared political, economic, and social futures of both cities. Students will consider a variety of scholarly disciplines and perspectives with an emphasis on field research performed in Los Angeles and Mexico City. The week long trip to Mexico City takes place in the month of June. Consent of Instructor.
CLST 3320  Racial and Ethnic Politics  (4 semester hours)  
Comparative analysis of racial and ethnic groups within the United States political system. A focus on the effect of political institutions on minority groups at federal, state, and local levels. Examines the experience of minority groups to illuminate political process in the U.S. University Core fulfilled: Flag: Quantitative Literacy.
CLST 3332  Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature  (4 semester hours)  
Examines Chicana/o-Latina/o literature, its criticism as well as its various artistic genres, introducing students to its aesthetic and social values. (See ENGL 3350.) University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections.
CLST 3354  Prison Literature  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 3360  Chicana/o and Latina/o History  (4 semester hours)  
An analytical survey of Native America, Latina/o America, and the recent past with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and class. University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspectives; Flag: Writing.
CLST 3362  Histories of Race and Sport  (4 semester hours)  
Examines the social, cultural, and political impact of sports in a variety of U.S contexts from the 19th century to the present. Attention given to the ways organized sports constitutes, disrupts, and creates new understanding of race.
CLST 3363  History of Women in California  (4 semester hours)  
(See WGST 3600.)
CLST 3367  History of Los Angeles  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 3370  Politics of Mexico  (4 semester hours)  
Students' work will focus on historical context and real-time unfolding of Mexico's political development, structures, dynamics, and issues defining and redefining politics in Mexico today, including U.S. relations and the further turns these could take.
CLST 3371  Mexico City/LA Comparison  (4 semester hours)  
An upper-division examination of the connections between Los Angeles and Mexico City that includes shared political, economic, and social futures. Studies include parallel historical advances that each city made to support burgeoning growth that resulted in mega city status and the concurrent planning issues and innovation it entailed. Students will consider a variety of scholarly disciplines and perspectives.
CLST 3380  Media, Race, and Representation  (4 semester hours)  
The course examines U.S. media portrayals of various ethnoracial groups. Considers how gender and sexuality figure into these representations. Emphasis on Latina/o/x, Black, East Asian, Arab, and Indigenous representations, as well as representations of whiteness.
CLST 3381  Power and Popular Culture  (4 semester hours)  
Examines the role that popular culture plays in the reproduction of not only dominant formations of power but also as a means of resistant engagements with and rejections of the mainstream, including fashion, music, film and television, and digital media. Students will engage with theories of power, privilege culture, and identity. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections.
CLST 3385  Bad Bunny & Puerto Rico  (4 semester hours)  
This course situates musical artist Bad Bunny’s work in relation to key texts in Latinx and Puerto Rican Studies regarding colonialism, race, resistance, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. ***2024 Registration: Registration is limited and requires professor approval. Please reach out to the professor for information on registering in the course.
CLST 3750  Into the Desert  (4 semester hours)  
An exploration of the desert as a root metaphor for deep spiritual experience and place of social, political struggle. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections University Core fulfilled: Flag: Engaged Learning Junior or Senior standing only.
CLST 3998  Special Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 3999  Independent Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 4310  Chicana/o Politics  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 4350  Immigration and Los Angeles  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 4380  The Politics of California  (1-4 semester hours)  
Students will learn about the structure of state government, persistent and emerging issues facing the state and how politics is practiced in California. An Intrinsic component is the Sacramento Legislative Seminar, three day trip to the State Capitol for panel discussions with elected officials, legislative staffers, lobbyists, media and others the work alongside state government. This trip takes place in late Feb/early March. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections University Core fulfilled: Flag: Engaged Learning Junior or Senior standing only.
CLST 4390  The Politics of Los Angeles  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 4404  Latina Feminist Theory  (4 semester hours)  
Focuses on current writings by Chicana feminists and connects this material to African American and Asian American feminist theory. The course traces the development of Chicana feminism and its concern with the interlocking conditions of gender, race, sexuality, and class. University Core fulfilled: Flag: Writing.
CLST 4406  Chicana/o Consciousness  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 4410  Critical Indigenous Studies  (4 semester hours)  
Comparative study of Chicana/o and Native American literary and theoretical engagements with questions of nation, sovereignty, and the decolonial. Engages multiple theoretical perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches shaped by feminist, queer, and critical race studies. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections.
CLST 4998  Special Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 4999  Independent Studies  (1-4 semester hours)  
CLST 5001  Capstone Research  (1 semester hour)  
CLST 5002  Advanced Critical Methods  (4 semester hours)  
CLST 5003  Capstone Seminar  (4 semester hours)  
A senior seminar required of majors and minors. Students conduct original, independent research and present the work before an audience. Offered Spring semester only. Prerequisites: CLST 5001 and CLST 5002.