Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Latin American Affairs

Do you wish to learn more about Latin American Affairs for career advancement or personal enrichment?

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Latin American Affairs offers insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating Latin American societies today, as well as a basic introduction to one Latin American language.

Certificate Information

15-16 credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

Students must complete one course from each of the 4 areas (12-13 credit hours):

  • Language
  • Culture
  • History and Philosophy
  • Politics and 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.

All courses are 3 credit hours and require a grade of C- or better unless otherwise noted.


Items marked with an * are subject to departmental approval.


  • SPAN-S - Students will take one 3-4 credit hours language course in Spanish. The specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test.


  • FINA-A 150 - Africa, New World, & Oceanic Art
  • 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* - Introducción a la Cultura Hispanica
  • 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 494* - Individual Readings in the Hispanic Studies

History & Philosophy

  • HIST-F 100 - Issues in Latin American History: Introduction
  • HIST-F 216/416 - History of Slavery in the Americas
  • HIST-F 232 - Upheaval in 20th-Century Latin America
  • 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
  • HITS-F 360 - Natural Disasters in Latin American History
  • HIST-H 231* - Women, Men, and Family in History

Politics & Geography

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


Choose one additional 3 credit hours course from any area listed above or complete a Study Abroad. Study Abroad in Latin America is strongly encouraged.

*Please note that other appropriate courses may be offered and substituted subject to approval.


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