Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies
Degree Awarded: CERT
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/latinamericanstudies
The Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) is an interdisciplinary program, involving multiple departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, which provides a specialized concentration focusing on Latin America and Latinos in the US. This program, housed within the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, offers students a wide range of course options that examine Latin American societies from the perspective of their history, social structure, economic and political structures, literature, art, and culture. The fifteen-hour program may be completed as a "stand alone" program, or in conjunction with other graduate programs.
Admissions Requirements and Process
Applicants need to have completed an undergraduate baccalaureate degree granted by a United States institution of higher education or its equivalent in another country. To be accepted into the LALS Graduate Certificate Program, students must meet the standard criteria for general admission to the University of Louisville School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, and supply all standard documentation required for admission. Students wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program in another UofL department should first apply and be admitted to the degree program before applying for admission to the LALS Graduate Certificate Program. The Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program will interview each student as part of the application process and an Admissions Committee will review applications and decide if a student may be recommended to the LALS Graduate Certificate Program.
1. The minimum requirement for completion of the LALS graduate certificate is 15 credit hours.
2. Three of the five required courses must be taken at the 600 level.
3. Of the 15 required credit hours, students must take courses with a substantial Latin American and/or Latino content from at least three different disciplines. These may include the following disciplines, but could include others if a course is offered with a substantial Latin American content: Anthropology, Art History, Geography and Geosciences, History, Humanities, Modern Languages, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, and Spanish, and Women's and Gender Studies.
4. Of the 15 required credit hours, students should take at least one course from the following list: LALS 680 Issues in Latin America, Spanish 670: Special Topics (seminar with a Latin American topic), Political Science 647: Seminar on Latin America, or History 503/PAS 510: Race Class, and Identity in Latin America.
5. Students must meet a minimum language requirement of three hours of Spanish or Portuguese at the 200 level or above, or demonstrate equivalent language proficiency.
6. Substitutions may be made at the discretion of the Director of Latin American and Latino Studies.
7. Course work toward the graduate certificate in LALS may also count toward the student's graduate degree.
8. Students may not apply 500-level courses taken for undergraduate credit.
Additional courses with substantial Latin American and/or Latino content, which are not listed below, may also be taken to fulfill the requirements for the LALS Graduate Certificate. This list is updated regularly on the LALS Website: http://louisville.edu/latinamericanstudies
ANTH 562: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 608: Social and Cultural Theory
ANTH 611: Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology
ARTH 521/621: Modern Mexican Art
ARTH 542: Mexican Art and Literature
ARTH 544: Pan-African Art: Form and Content
COMM 510: Health Communication in Belize
COMM 510/690-01: Mass Media in Latin America
COMM 690: Intercultural Communication
COMM 690-75: Metaphors of Cultural Communication
COMM 690-77: Theories of Culture
ENGL 549: Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature
ENGL 554: Women's Personal Narratives
ENGL 682: Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors
ENGL 682: Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture
Geography & Geosciences
GEOG 510: Urbanism of the Global South
HIST 503: Race, Class, and Identity in Latin America
HIST 533: Revolution and Reform in Twentieth-Century Latin America
HIST 534/612: The US and Latin America
HIST 535: The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present
HIST 535/611: The History of America
HIST 622: Latin America Since 1945
HUM 562: Studies of Hispanic Culture
HUM 682: Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors
HUM 682: Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture
Latin American and Latino Studies
LALS 510: Urbanism of the Global South
LALS 680: Issues in Latin American and Latino Studies
LALS 681: Latin American and Latino Studies Graduate Internship
LAW 886: International Law
LAW 992: Immigration Law
LING 690: Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture
LING 690: Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors
ML 551: Special Topics
PAS 505: The Black Atlantic
PAS 510: Race, Class and Identity in Latin America
PAS 532: Slave Trade and Slavery in the African World
PAS 533: The History and Popular Culture of the African Diaspora
PAS 542/643: Black Women's Voices
PAS 547: Language, Race, Class, Gender
PAS 581: Pan-African Art: Form and Content
PAS 621: Religion in African Diaspora
POLS 506: Topics in International Relations
POLS 530: International Negotiation
POLS 563: Women in Developing Countries
POLS 647: Seminar on Latin America
POLS 649: Seminar in Comparative Politics
SOC 685: Seminar in Race and Ethnicity
SPAN 524: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 554/654: Hispanic Culture through Film and Media
SPAN 599: Special Topics
SPAN 624: Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 634: Spanish for the Workplace and the Community
SPAN 644: Approaches to Hispanic Literature
SPAN 648: Hispanic Cultural Studies
SPAN 670: Special Topics
TA 526: Tools for a Global Theater
TA 565: Advanced Theater of the African World
Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 558: Women in Developing Countries
Director of Latin American and Latino Studies
Assistant Director, Hispanic/Latin@ Initiative at the Cultural Center
CEO, Adhawks Advertising & Public Relations, Inc.
Professor of Law at the Louis B. Brandeis School of Law