Course Number & Name: HST 133 Culture and History of Puerto Rico

Credit Hours: 3.0              Contact Hours: 3.0               Lecture: 3.0             Lab: N/A             Other: N/A

Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in RDG 096 and ENG 096 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 or placement
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description: This course introduces the students to the culture and history of Puerto Rico by tracing the development of the Puerto Rican nation through the Spanish “discovery” and eventual colonization by the United States.  The course includes analysis of the contemporary Puerto Rican scene from a social, political, and economic context.

<!–Course Goals:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and historical development of the archipelago under pre-colonial Taino habitation and subsequently Spanish and American influence;
  2. identify the origins and outcomes of pandemics, economic depression, technology, immigration and emigration on the island since European contact; and
  3. utilize accurate historical terminology and concepts in written and/or oral form in relation to the history of the archipelago beginning with its initial settlement by the Ortoiroid people between 3000 and 2000 B.C.E. up to its subsequent colonization by the Spaniards and finally its status as a “non-incorporated” commonwealth of the United States.


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