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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. 18 units from the following courses, selected from at least two disciplines:

  • ANTH 432, ANTH 448 ANTH 440*, ANTH 490*, ANTH 499*; AH 457C/557C, AH 458/558, AH 459/559, CHLS 352, CHLS 380, CHLS / ASAM 341, CHLS 400*, CHLS 420, CHLS 490*, CHLS 499*; CWL 440, CWL 499*; ECON 490*, ECON 499*; FEA 392C; HIST 362, HIST 364, HIST 459, HIST 462, HIST 463, HIST 465, HIST 466, HIST 490*, HIST 495*, HIST 498*; LAS 161/HIST 161/SOC 161; POSC 358, POSC 481, POSC 497*, POSC 499*, R/ST 467; SOC 341, SOC 490*, SOC 499; SPAN 341, SPAN 441, SPAN 442, SPAN 444, SPAN 445, SPAN 450, SPAN 490*, SPAN 492, SPAN 493*, SPAN 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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