School of Social Sciences

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Latin American Affairs

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Latin American Affairs is intended to give students an understanding of Latin American societies today, offering insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating Latin American societies, as well as a basic introduction to one Latin American language.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires 15-16 hours, with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0.  Students must complete one course from each of the 4 areas (12-13 credit hours): Language, Culture, History & Philosophy, and Politics & Geography.  Students choose one additional course from one of the 4 areas or may complete a Study Abroad in Latin America for a minimum of 3 credit hours.  Study Abroad in Latin America is strongly recommended.

  • No more than two courses below the 200-level will count toward the certificate.


  • SPAN-S varies Students will take 1 language course in Spanish.  Specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test

  Culture (choose one course)

  • FINA-A 150 Africa, New World, & Oceanic Art
  • SPAN-S 412 Spanish America: The Cultural Context
  • SPAN-S 471 Survey of Spanish American Literature I
  • SPAN-S 472 Survey of Spanish American Literature II
  • SPAN-S 275* Hispanic Culture and Conversation
  • SPAN-S 291* Hispanic Literature and Civilization
  • SPAN-S 301* The Hispanic World I
  • SPAN-S 302* The Hispanic World II
  • SPAN-S 303* The Hispanic World
  • SPAN-S 363* Introduccion a la Cultura Hispanica
  • SPAN-S 494* Individual Readings in the Hispanic Studies

  History & Philosophy (choose one course)

  • HIST-F 100 Issues in Latin American History: Introduction
  • HIST-F 216/416 History of Slavery in the Americas
  • HIST-F 341 Latin America: Conquest and Empire
  • HIST-F 342 Latin America: Evolution and Revolution
  • HIST-F 350 The Environment in Latin American History
  • HIST-F 360 Natural Disasters in Latin American History
  • HIST-F 232 Upheaval in 20th-Century Latin America
  • HIST-H 231* Women, Men, and Family in History

  Politics & Geography (choose one course)

  • POLS-Y 337 Latin American Politics
  • GEOG-G 323 Geography of Latin America

Elective (choose one additional course from any area listed above or complete a Study Abroad.  Study Abroad in Latin America is strongly encouraged.)

* Denotes courses that are subject to departmental approval.

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