Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Southwest Borderland Studies: Course Descriptions

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2301. Foundations of Mexican American Studies 3(3-0)
History, economics, sociology, demography, folklore, education, art, and literature of Mexican Americans.
 
2302. Introduction to Southwest Borderlands Studies 3(3-0)
A survey of the multidimensional and interdependent nature of United States-Mexico regional interaction and development. A focus on southwest borderlands dynamics which impact upon culture, social institutions, ecological, and demographic characteristics.
 
3300. Mexican American Literature and Thought 3(3-0)
Selected Mexican American literature and its accompanying thought covering various periods and the following genres: poetry, the short story, the novel, the theater, and the essay. Conducted in Spanish and English.
 
3301. Pre-Columbian American Cultures 3(3-0)
Development of American Indian cultures of Central and South America to time of Spanish Conquest. Maya, Inca, Aztec, and related cultural traditions. Optional field trip when possible. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Anthropology or Southwest Borderlands Studies. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 3301 and ANTH 3301.)
 
4301. Bicultural Groups in U.S. Society 3(3-0)
A study of bicultural groups with salient ethnic characteristics, i.e., Blacks, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Japanese, Italians, and Native Americans. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Cultural Studies or 12 semester hours of social science.
 
4302. Political Economy of the Borderlands 3(3-0)
A contemporary focus on the political-economic dynamics characterizing Southwest borderlands regional development. An examination of U.S.-Mexican government programs and policies which impact upon borderlands industrialization, urbanization, and migration. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of social science.
 
4303. Folk Medicine 3(3-0)
An examination of the folk medical system of Mexican Americans from an anthropological perspective. Includes an exploration of household remedies (including herbal remedies), folk illness syndromes, various folk healers (including parteras, or midwives, and sobadores, or massagers), curanderismo (folk healing) and brujeria (witchcraft) in present-day Mexican American culture in South Texas and the Southwest. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or Anthropology. (Credit may not be obtain in both SWBS 4304 and ANTH 4304.)
 
4304. Human and Natural Resources of the Borderlands 3(3-0)
Study of development of natural and human resources use in the several cultural areas of the borderlands. Analysis of problem areas such as water resources, international migration, disaster management, and manpower development. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of social science.
 
4305. Language and Culture 3(3-0)
Introduction to the social and cultural aspects of language and provides framework and methodology for studying and analyzing the many elements which make up verbal and non-verbal communication in various speech communities in the United States. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or Anthropology. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 4305 and ANTH 4305.)
 
4306. Mexican-American Folklore 3(3-0)
Examines the various types of culture from an anthropological perspective and provides an in-depth look at various genres of Mexican-American folklore, including folk narrative, folk belief, folk medicine, folk music, folk speech, and folk material culture. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or Anthropology. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 4306 and ANTH 4306.)
 
4308. Latin American Culture 3(3-0)
Origin and development of contemporary cultural forms in Latin America. Industrialization, socioeconomic and demographic change are examined from several theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 4308 and ANTH 4308.)
 
4309. Mexican Border Subcultures 3(3-0)
Analysis of social processes such as competition, accommodation, and cooperation occurring in the American Southwest and in Northern Mexico, with attention to such variables as ethnicity and stratification. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Southwest Borderlands Studies or Anthropology. (Credit may not be obtained in both SWBS 4309 and ANTH 4309.)


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