Latin American Studies Minor and Certificate
Contact: Gloria Bernabe-Ramos, Associate Director
Director: Sonia E. Alvarez (Political Science); Associate Director/Chief Adviser: Gloria Bernabe-Ramos; Associated Faculty: Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge (English), Theresa Y. Austin (Education), Marisol Barbón (Spanish and Portuguese), Benjamin Bailey (Communication), James Boyce (Economics), Marta Calás (Management), Mari Castañeda (Communication), Leda Cooks (Communication), N.C. Christopher Couch (Spanish and Portuguese), Francesco D’Introno (Spanish and Portuguese), Alexandrina Deschamps (Women’s Studies), Carlene Edie (Political Science), Gerald Epstein (Economics), Harley Erdman (Theater), Martín Espada (English), Francisco C. Fagundes (Spanish and Portuguese), Nancy Folbre (Economics), Manuel Frau-Ramos (Education), Patricia Galvis-Assmus (Art), Henry Geddes (Communication), Melissa González-Brenes (Economics), Patricia Gubitosi (Spanish and Portuguese), José Hernandez (History), Agustín Laó-Montes (Sociology), Luis Marentes (Spanish and Portuguese), Michael Morgan (Communication), Mario Ontiveros (Art History), Leonce Ndikumana (Economics), José N. Ornelas (Spanish and Portuguese), Ellen Pader (Regional Planning), Enoch Page (Anthropology), Priscilla Page (Theater), Daphne Patai (Spanish and Portuguese), Oriol Pi-Sunyer (Anthropology), Robert Pollin (Economics), Mohan Rao (Economics), Jane Rausch (History), Emma Rivera Rábago (Spanish and Portuguese), Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio (Public Health), Miguel A. Romero (Theater), Clara E. Ronderos (Spanish and Portuguese), Margara Russotto (Spanish and Portuguese), Randall G. Stokes (Sociology), Millicent Thayer (Sociology), Idalí Torres (Public Health), Jacqueline L. Urla (Anthropology), Richard Wilkie (Geosciences), Joel Wolfe (History); Library Associates: Isabel Espinal, Peter Stern, Barbara Stewart.
The Latin American Studies Certificate and Minor provide a comprehensive view of Latin America from the perspectives of anthropology, geography, political science, economics, Spanish and Portuguese literatures, communication, history, sociology, and other fields. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s study abroad programs in Latin America and to spend a summer, semester or year abroad.
The undergraduate Certificate Program constitutes the heart of the Latin American Studies offerings, enabling students, regardless of their major, to develop a concentration in Latin American/Latino Studies as a supplement to their regular disciplinary studies. Students entering the Certificate Program have an opportunity to study the Latin American area from the perspective of diverse disciplines and points of view, culminating in an integrating interdisciplinary seminar in the senior year. Those students who fulfill the requirements of the program are awarded a Certificate in Latin American Studies attesting to their achievements in language and area studies.
Track A: Language Emphasis
b. Completion of the two beginning semesters of the other language (Spanish or Portuguese) or demonstration of equivalent competency by examination.
2. Area Studies
3. Interdisciplinary Course
Track B: Area Studies Emphasis
2. Area Studies
3. Interdisciplinary Course
The Minor in Latin American Studies, which does not replace the Certificate, is intended for those students who do not have the degree of language competence required for the Certificate, but who are interested in developing an area specialization for their majors. Requirements include a minimum of six 3-credit courses selected from at least three distinct approved disciplines, with no more than two from any one discipline.
Notes on Requirements
1. All courses used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate and the Minor must be completed with grades of C or better.
The main goal of the Latin American Studies Certificate and Minor programs is to enable students, regardless of their major, to develop a concentration in the area as a supplement to their regular disciplinary studies. This concentration has proved very helpful in preparing students for the following types of occupations: U.S. Governmental Agencies (State Department, Foreign Service, U.S. Information Service, Agency for International Development, etc.); International Development Organizations (Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank); multinational corporations with branches in Latin America; and domestic, state and local agencies serving Hispanics. For some jobs, additional graduate work in either Latin American Studies or a traditional discipline may be necessary. Many students go on to pursue M.A. or Ph.D. degrees.
The courses listed below are those administered directly by the Latin American Studies Program. Over 50 additional courses on Latin American/Latino topics are offered on a regular basis by faculty affiliated with the program. Students should consult this catalog, the university’s Schedule of Courses or the Latin American Studies Program Course Description Guide, which is compiled every semester to aid in course selection.
380 Field Research in Latin America 3-12 cr