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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 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 LAS 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 a substantial Latin American content: Anthropology, Art History, History, Humanities, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, Portuguese, and 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: LAS 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. 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 314: Topics in Old and New World Archaeology

ANTH 316: Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

ANTH 325: Modern Latin American Societies

ANTH 333: Globalizing Inequalities

ANTH 338: Anthropology of Refugees

ANTH 548: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology

Art History

ARTH 342/542: Mexican Art and Literature

ARTH 365: Mexican Art and Architecture

ARTH 544: Pan-African Art: Form and Content


COMM 440/690: Intercultural Communication

COMM 510: Health Communication in Belize

COMM 510/690-01: Mass Media in Latin America

COMM 690-75: Metaphors of Cultural Communication

COMM 690-77: Theories of Culture


ENGL 369: Minority Traditions in American Literature

ENGL 373: Women in Literature

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


HIST 310: Studies in History

HIST 331: Colonial Latin America

HIST 332: Latin America 1820-Present

HIST 333: Women in Latin American 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


HON 336: Honors Seminar in Humanities

HON 436: Honors Seminar in Social Sciences

HON 446: Honors Seminar in Social Sciences (WR)


HUM 380: Culture of Iberia-Latin America

HUM 382: Native American Cultures

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

LAS 310: Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies

LAS 313: Panamanian Culture

LAS 314: Special Topics in Latino Studies

LAS 400: Latin American Studies Internship

LAS 401: Latino Studies Internship

LAS 680: Issues in Latin American and Latino Studies

LAS 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


MKT 370/670: Global Marketing

Modern Languages

ML 260: Hispanic Contributions to the World

ML 313: Special Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture

ML 356: Masterpieces of Latin American Literature

ML 357: Latin American Literature Today

ML 358: Mexican Literature Today

ML 551: Special Topics

ML 599: Independent Study

Pan-African Studies

PAS 206: Introduction to Caribbean Studies

PAS 219 Survey of Brazilian Music

PAS 227: Survey of American Diversity

PAS 247: Language, Protest and Conflict in the Global Community

PAS 329: Slave Trade and Slavery

PAS 346: African Language in Diaspora

PAS 360: African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America

PAS 396: History of the Caribbean

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 315: Race, Law and Politics

POLS 330: International Relations

POLS 331/506: International Organization

POLS 332: International Law

POLS 337: Law, Diplomacy, and Power: The Foreign Relations of the United States

POLS 370: Comparative Political Development in Latin America

POLS 371: Latin America in the World

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 210: Race in the US

SOC 323: Diversity and Inequality

SOC 392: Faces of Global Poverty

SOC 454: Social Stratification

SOC 464: Race and Ethnicity

SOC 512/612: Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare

SOC 685: Seminar in Race and Ethnicity


SPAN 313: Special Topics

SPAN 403: Foundations of Latin America

SPAN 404: Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Latin America

SPAN 499: Special Topics

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 of the Workplace

SPAN 644: Origins and Development of Hispanic Culture

SPAN 648: Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World

SPAN 670: Special Topics

Theater Arts

TA 326: Cultural Diversity in Performance

TA 365: Theater of the African World

TA 555/665: Tools for a Global Theater

Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 333: Women in Latin American History

WGST 343: Faces of Global Poverty

WGST 401: Community Internship

WGST 520: Women's Personal Narratives

WGST 558: Women in Developing Countries

WGST 593: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies in Humanities

Departmental Faculty

Rhonda L. Buchanan

Professor, Director of Latin American and Latino Studies

Enid Trucios-Haynes

Professor of Law at the Louis B. Brandeis School of Law

Fabian Crespo

Assistant Professor

Lisa Markowitz

Associate Professor

Dennis Menezes

Associate Professor

Gregory Hutcheson

Associate Professor

Manuel Medina

Associate Professor

Clare Sullivan

Associate Professor

Lisa C. Wagner

Associate Professor

Joy Hart


Robert St. Clair


Gabriela Nuñez

Assistant Professor

Christopher Fulton

Associate Professor

Margath Walker

Assistant Professor

Christine Ehrick

Associate Professor

Adrian Archuleta

Assistant Professor

Edgardo Mansilla

Instructor,Executive Director Americana Community Center (ACC)

Theresa Rajack-Talley

Associate Professor

Joy Carew

Associate Professor

James Hudson, Dean

College of Arts and Sciences

Denise Martin

Associate Professor

Julie Bunck

Associate Professor

Tricia Gray
Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Latin American and Latino Studies - Certificate

Dr. Rhonda Buchanan, Director of Latin American and Latino Studies
Humanities Building 329C

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