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Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies

Major: LALS
Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
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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 United States. This program, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, 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 credit 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 department within the University of Louisville 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 content from at least three different disciplines. These may include the following disciplines, but could include others if a course is offered with substantial Latin American content: Anthropology, Art History, History, Humanities, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, Portuguese, Spanish, and Women's and Gender Studies.
  4. Of the 15 required credit hours, students must 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 credit hours of Spanish or Portuguese at the 200 level or above, or demonstrate equivalent language proficiency.
  6. A single course may satisfy more than one requirement.
  7. Substitutions may be made at the discretion of the Director of Latin American and Latino Studies.
  8. Course work toward the graduate certificate in LALS may also count toward the student's graduate degree.
  9. Students may not apply 500-level courses taken for undergraduate credit.


Additional courses with substantial Latin American 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:

  • ANTH 548: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 608: Social and Cultural Theory
  • ANTH 611: Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • ARTH 542: Special Topics - Mexican Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 544: Pan-African Art: Form and Content
  • COMM 510: Special Topics in Speech (Health Communication Issues in Belize)
  • COMM 690: Special Topics (Intercultural Communication)
  • ENGL 549: Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 554: Women's Personal Narratives
  • ENGL 682: Seminar in Linguistics
  • HIST 503: Race Class, and Identity in Latin America
  • HIST 533: Revolution and Reform in Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • HIST 534: The US and Latin America
  • HIST 535/611: The History of Mexico
  • HUM 562: Studies in Hispanic Culture
  • HUM 671: Interdisciplinary Seminar I
  • HUM 682: Topics in Studies in Culture
  • LALS 680: Issues in Latin American Studies
  • LALS 681: Latin American Studies Graduate Internship
  • LAW 886: International Law
  • LAW 992: Immigration Law
  • LING 690: Seminar in Linguistics: Theories of Culture/HUM 682/ ENG 682
  • LING 690: Seminar in Linguistics: Cultural Metaphors/HUM 682/ ENG 682
  • MKT 670: Global Marketing
  • ML 551: Special Topics (Panamanian Culture)
  • 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 and Gender
  • PAS 581: Pan-African Art: Form and Content
  • PAS 621: Religions of the African Diaspora
  • POLS 506: Topics in International Relations
  • POLS 530: International Negotiation
  • POLS 554: Democratization and Regime Change
  • POLS 563: Women in Developing Countries/WMST 558
  • POLS 647: Seminar on Latin America
  • POLS 649: Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • SOC 512/612: Gender, Race, Work and Welfare
  • SOC 685: Seminar in Race and Ethnicity
  • SPAN 524: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 527: Latin American Literature: Colonial Period through 19th Century
  • SPAN 528: Contemporary Spanish-American Theater
  • SPAN 529: Spanish-American Poetry
  • SPAN 530: Spanish-American Narrative
  • SPAN 554/654: Hispanic Culture through Film and Media
  • SPAN 599: Special Topics
  • SPAN 624: Studies in Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 634: Spanish for the Workplace
  • SPAN 644: Origins and Development of Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN 648: Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World
  • SPAN 670: Special Topics
  • TA 555: Special Topics in Theater
  • TA 665: Tools for a Global Theater
  • WGST 520: Women's Personal Narratives
  • WGST 558: Women in Developing Countries
  • WGST 593: Global Feminism

Departmental Faculty

Please consult the Latin American and Latino Studies website at for a complete list of faculty.

Contact Information

Latin American and Latino Studies - Certificate

Dr. Rhonda Buchanan, Director of Graduate Studies
Stevenson Hall, Room 306

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