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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Latin American Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Certificate in Latin American Studies

This certificate offers students, with a baccalaureate degree in any field, an opportunity to supplement their education with a focus on the interdisciplinary study of Latin America. Courses used to meet this certificate may be counted also, where applicable, toward General Education requirements, and the major or minor requirements of the cooperating departments. Recommended: successful completion of two college intermediate level courses in Spanish, Portuguese or any other language appropriate to concentration area of the equivalent fluency as determined by the program advisor.

Please be aware that this program is not eligible for Financial Aid unless pursued concurrently with a degree program.


The following are the requirements for the Latin American Studies Certificate.

1. Consultation with the program advisor, including formal declaration of the Certificate, and application for graduation.

2. Completion of 24 units distributed as follows:

A. Core (required of all students).

Take one of the following:

  • LAS/HIST/SOC 161; SPAN 445

B. Electives. 21 units from the following courses, selected from at least two disciplines:

ANTH 323, 324, 345, 440*, 490*, 499*; AH 457C/557C, 458/558, 459/559 CHLS 352, 380, 395, 400, 420, 490*, 499*; CWL 440, 499*; ECON 490*, 499*; FEA 392C; HIST 362, 364, 366, 461, 462, 463, 466A, 466B, 466C, 490*, 495*, 498*; LAS 161/HIST 161/SOC 161; POSC 358, 359, 481, 497*, 499*, R/ST 467I; SOC 341, 490*, 499; SPAN 341, 441, 442, 444, 445, 450, 490*, 492, 493*, 550.

*Special Topics and Independent Study courses in the area of Latin American Studies (including Short Term Study Abroad) must be approved by the advisor.

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Latin American Studies

Undergraduate Programs