This studio art class is structured to provide close individual instruction. Students are given the freedom to generate their own ideas and may work in any medium that compels them to investigate their personal relationship to Rome. Student media could include painting, digital photography, collage, multimedia, performance, installation, sculpture, and drawing. Course presentations will include an introduction to the contemporary art world, with image lectures on artists, and theoretical readings. Students will first research and then use as a point of departure various aspects and trends that have been prevalent in the art world over the past twenty years. Projects will include concept proposal, artist statement, oral presentation, and finished body of work. Creativity and development strategies will be introduced to help guide students in their conceptual process. Visits to contemporary art galleries in Rome are required. Living in Rome will present the unique opportunity to attend significant exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Course goals will be the development of a series of art works, as well as experiences focused on student artistic, intellectual, and personal growth. Prerequisite: Students must have already taken at least two art courses at their home school or permission of instructor.
This seminar examines how Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans, Americans, and Mexican Americans have contributed to the shaping of the region encompassing the present border between the U.S. and Mexico. The course will consider demographic, economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of the peoples who have inhabited and interacted in this area since the sixteenth century to approximately the present (ca. 2010). Transnational themes that we shall consider include the following: Spanish and American colonization, the Mexican-American War, the 1910 Mexican Revolution, the evolution of frontier societies on each side of the border since the Treaty of Guadalupe (1848), and post-World War II developments. The class will thus address historical processes relating to migration, economic change, and state formation, as discourses concerned with individual and group identities are reviewed. There are no specific prerequisites for this course. However, students should have some knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth century American or Mexican history. The course fulfills the advanced seminar requirement for the major and minor, as well as 0.50 unit of the core course requirement of the Latino/a Studies Concentration.
There are approximately seven billion people in the world. And yet most of the theories that we use to explain psychological functioning have been based on limited samples drawn from the West. In this course, we will examine in greater detail the impact of culture on human behavior and review issues such as the role of culture in the concept of the self, the cultural influences on social behavior, the association of culture and cognition, and the measurement and experience of cross-cultural psychopathology. By integrating research from various social science disciplines (such as anthropology and sociology), students should gain a wider appreciation of the influence on culture on everyday experiences, while simultaneously understanding that culture is not a static or homogeneous entity. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. This course is typically offered every other year.
In this course we will study relevant Latino/a voices in a variety of literary genres, among them essay, poetry, fiction, and theater, with a special emphasis on Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American literatures, and especially those works that while produced in the United States are written in Spanish. While we will pay close attention to local constructions of identity, we will also look beyond them to focus on how these same representations and constructions are connected to global processes. Prerequisite: SPAN 321 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Normally offered every three years.