History | Latino Immigrants-U.S. Society
A300 | 27024 | de la Cova


COURSE OBJECTIVES: An analysis of Latino immigration to the United
States with a special emphasis on the diversity of the immigration
experience by national origin, region of settlement, and gender. In
order to understand this experience, we will pay particular
attention to the histories of Latino immigration to the United
States in order to identify similarities between the receptions of
Latino immigrant groups and other immigrants in history. We will
also discuss predominant theories of international immigration,
relationships between the historical and contemporary context,
immigration policy, and the adaptation of Latino immigrants in the
U.S.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: In order to maximize student learning, there
will be Power-Point lectures, video analysis, and readings that
require taking notes. Students are expected to use logical arguments
sustained with evidence in class discussions and to improve their
reading, writing, analytical, and speaking skills.
READINGS: You are expected to read the assigned text and OTHER
READINGS assigned weekly through E-Reserves. Questions regarding the
text and articles will appear on the exams. Students are expected to
come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings.  The
required text is:
Ann Millard, Jorge Chapa, et al. Apple Pie & Enchiladas: Latino
Newcomers in the Rural Midwest.
GRADING:
Class Participation and Attendance - (10% of final grade):  This is
a crucial element in this course. We will spend much of our time
discussing the ideas raised in the readings. The key criteria for
assessing class participation are the amount and regularity of
contributions and the degree to which contributions are thoughtful,
informed, constructive and relevant.  Additionally, supplemental
information will be presented and discussed in class.  These
materials will be included on the midterm and final exams.
Attendance also figures into this portion of the grade.
Essay papers - You will be expected to write three (500 word) papers
over the course of the term. Each paper is worth 15% of final grade.
These papers will be focused on a specific question and are designed
to measure your ability to both comprehend basic course concepts and
apply those concepts in unique and challenging ways.
Midterm Exam - (20% of final grade): This will be an exam that will
test your mastery of course material and your ability to apply
course concepts.
Final Exam - (25% of final grade): The final will be comprehensive.