Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies

Major: LALS
Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/latinamericanstudies

Program Information

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.

Curriculum Requirements

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.

Curriculum

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

Anthropology

ANTH 562: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 608: Social and Cultural Theory

ANTH 611: Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Art History

ARTH 521/621: Modern Mexican Art

ARTH 542: Mexican Art and Literature

ARTH 544: Pan-African Art: Form and Content

Communication

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

English

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

History

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

Humanities

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

LAW 886: International Law

LAW 992: Immigration Law

Linguistics

LING 690: Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture

LING 690: Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors

Modern Languages

ML 551: Special Topics

Pan-African Studies

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

Political Science

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

Sociology

SOC 685: Seminar in Race and Ethnicity

Spanish

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

Theater Arts

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

Faculty

The following people are members of the LALS Steering Committee:

Rhonda L. Buchanan
Professor

Director of Latin American and Latino Studies

Julie Bunck

Associate Professor

Tricia Gray
Assistant Professor

Lisa Markowitz
Associate Professor


Sarah Nuñez
Assistant Director, Hispanic/Latin@ Initiative at the Cultural Center

Brenda Ortiz-Loyola*
Assistant Professor

Theresa Rajack-Talley
Associate Professor

Ben Ruiz
CEO, Adhawks Advertising & Public Relations, Inc.

Enid Trucios-Haynes
Professor of Law at the Louis B. Brandeis School of Law

Margath Walker
Assistant Professor

Cecilia Yappert
Professor

*Online Instructor