Undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Affairs

The 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.

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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 & Philosophy
  • 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.

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

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



  • SPAN-S - Students will take one 3-4 credit hours 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
  • FINA-A 452 - Art of Pre-Columbian America
  • 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 Hispánica
  • 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 Hispanic Studies 

History & Philosophy (choose one course)

  • HIST-F 100 - Issues in Latin American History: Introduction
  • HIST-F 216 / HIST-F 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-H 231 - Women, Men, and Family in History
  • HIST-F 232 - Upheaval in 20th-Century Latin America

Politics & Geography (choose one course)

  • 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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