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 and provides a specialized concentration focusing on Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. 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, 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

Course #DescriptionCredit Hours
Anthropology
ANTH 562Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 608Social and Cultural Theory3
ANTH 611Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology3
Art History
ARTH 521/621Modern Mexican Art3
ARTH 542Mexican Art and Literature3
ARTH 544Pan-African Art: Form and Content3
Communication
COMM 510Health Communication in Belize3
COMM 510/690-01Mass Media in Latin America3
COMM 690Intercultural Communication3
COMM 690-75Metaphors of Cultural Communication3
COMM 690-77Theories of Culture3
English
ENGL 549Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature3
ENGL 554Women's Personal Narratives3
ENGL 682Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors3
ENGL 682Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture3
Geography & Geosciences
GEOG 510Urbanism of the Global South3
History
HIST 503Race, Class, and Identity in Latin America3
HIST 533Revolution and Reform in Twentieth-Century Latin America3
HIST 534/612The US and Latin America3
HIST 535The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present3
HIST 535/611The History of America3
HIST 622Latin America Since 19453
Humanities
HUM 562Studies of Hispanic Culture3
HUM 682Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors3
HUM 682Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture3
Latin American and Latino Studies
LALS 510Urbanism of the Global South3
LALS 680Issues in Latin American and Latino Studies3
LALS 681Latin American and Latino Studies Graduate Internship3
Law
LAW 886International Law3
LAW 992Immigration Law3
Linguistics
LING 690Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture3
LING 690Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors3
Modern Languages
ML 551Special Topics3
Pan-African Studies
PAS 505The Black Atlantic3
PAS 510Race, Class, and Identity in Latin America3
PAS 532Slave Trade and Slavery in the African World3
PAS 533The History and Popular Culture of the African Diaspora3
PAS 542/643Black Women's Voices3
PAS 547Language, Race, Class, Gender3
PAS 581Pan-African Art: Form and Content3
PAS 621Religion in African Diaspora3
Political Science
POLS 506Topics in International Relations3
POLS 530International Negotiation3
POLS 563Women in Developing Countries3
POLS 647Seminar on Latin America3
POLS 649Seminar in Comparative Politics3
Sociology
SOC 685Seminar in Race and Ethnicity3
Spanish
SPAN 524Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
SPAN 554/654Hispanic Culture through Film and Media3
SPAN 599Special Topics3
SPAN 624Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics3
SPAN 634Spanish for the Workplace and the Community3
SPAN 644Approaches to Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 648Hispanic Cultural Studies3
SPAN 670Special Topics3
Theater Arts
TA 526Tools for a Global Theater3
TA 565Advanced Theater of the African World3
Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 558

Women in Developing Countries

3

Total Hours15

Faculty

The following people are members of the LALS Steering Committee:

Rhonda L. Buchanan

Professor of Spanish, Department of Classical and Modern Languages
Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Julie Bunck
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Tricia Gray
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Lisa Markowitz
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology


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

Theresa Rajack-Talley
Associate Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies
Director of IDEP

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

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

Margath Walker
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Geosciences

Cecilia Yappert
Professor, Department of Chemistry