Latin American Studies, Certificate

Liberal Arts (Code 340-601)

The Latin American Studies Certificate is intended to provide students in any field of study with the opportunity to learn more about Latin America and its peoples without requiring either knowledge of the language nor immersion time in a Latin American country. The certificate can be particularly useful for students in fields which may bring them into contact with people of Latin American origin or descent living in the US, such as education, nursing, social work. The Certificate may also interest Spanish majors and minors who have studied in Spain and don’t have the ability to do an immersion in a Latin American country but would nonetheless benefit from learning more about Latin America and Latino/Hispanic communities in the U.S., their history and their culture. The Certificate may also interest heritage speakers of Spanish who might not be interested in formally pursuing the study of the Spanish language but do want to learn more about Latin America and Latin American communities in the U.S.

12 credits required
Core courses:
LAS 150Introduction to Latin American Studies3
LAS 222Introduction to U.S. Latino History and Culture3
Two courses from the Humanities/Social Sciences courses listed below (or other courses with approval of the LAS Program Director):6
Indigenous Theory and Methodologies
Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America
Art of Tawantinsuyo
HNRS 304
(when offered as Crossing Borders: Discourses from Latin America)
Latin America Through Independence
Latin America Since Independence
Music and Dance of Latin America
Geography of Latin America
Economic Development of Latin America
Mathematics in Latin American Cultures
Cross Cultural Health
Indigenous Religions of the Americas
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Social Class and Inequality
Women's Studies Advanced Travel Seminar (when offered as Women in Nicaragua)

Note 1:  Courses cannot be counted in both the major and the certificate program.

Note 2: Students who pursue Latin American Studies and Spanish liberal arts program combinations will need to earn at least 48 unique credits between any major-minor or  major-certificate program combinations and 54 unique credits between any major-major program combinations for purposes of meeting graduation requirements for first and second degree programs.

For advising, contact the Latin American Studies Program.