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Latin American Studies


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

The certificate in Latin American studies introduces students to a better understanding and awareness of the cultures and civilizations of Latin America. The certificate curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge of the region and its languages, to be informed and sensitive to its many resources and needs and to understand how this region is both affecting other parts of the world and being affected by them. As a stand-alone certificate, it is also appropriate for those students with a strong interest in Latin America and who have completed a BA or BS at another institution but who are not currently considering graduate or professional school.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate a Latin American perspective on some significant international issues, seen in the context of the history, politics, economy and culture of the region.
  • Articulate their appreciation of the degree of homogeneity that defines Latin America as a region, and at the same time some of the key sources of diversity and complexity in the region.
  • Develop enough facility in a language relevant in the region to be able to engage in simple conversations, to read a newspaper and to acquire, should they choose, proficiency at a higher level.

Special Requirements

Transfer credits do not apply to the certificate. Language recognition credit hours can count toward the certificate.

Course Requirements

The certificate in Latin American studies requires 18 credit hours, of which 3 credit hours must be at or above the 3000-level. These credit hours must include:

Core Courses (6 hours)

  • ISTL 1100 Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 hours)
    or ILC 2150 Topics in Culture (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
    or SPAN 3150 Culture & Civilization of the Spanish Speaking World: Latin America (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2450 Modern Latin America (3 hours)
    or POLT 2550 Politics of Development (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
    or HIST 2070 Topics in Non-Western History (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)

Approved courses with substantial Latin American content (12 hours)

Courses may be drawn from core courses listed above or from the following list (updated on a semester basis):

  • ENGL 4030 Literature of Latin America (3 hours)
  • FLST 3160 Topics in Film Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2070 Topics in Non-Western History (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ILC 2000 Study Abroad: Intermediate (in appropriate country and appropriate content courses) (1-8 hours)
  • ILC 2150 Topics in Culture (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ILC 3000 Study Abroad: Advanced Level I (1-8 hours)
  • ILC 4000 Study Abroad: Advanced Level II (in appropriate country and appropriate content courses) (1-8 hours)
  • ILC 4050 Translation (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ILC 4150 Contemporary Issues (with appropriate subtitle) (1-3 hours)
  • ISTL 1492 Topics in Latin American Studies (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2500 International Field Experience in International Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (1-6 hours)
  • ISTL 2550 Topics in International Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2600 Natural Systems and Sustainable Ecologies (3 hours)
  • ISTL 3550 Advanced Topics in International Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • POLT 3400 Comparative Politics (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • POLT 4400 Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics: Latin America (or appropriate subtitle) (2-4 hours)
  • SPAN 3150 Culture & Civilization of the Spanish Speaking World: Latin American (3 hours)
  • SPAN 3250 Introduction to Literature (3 hours)
  • SPAN 4170 Conversation & Culture: Intensive Spanish Language Weekend (with appropriate subtitle) (1 hour)
  • SPAN 4250 Topics in Literature (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • SPAN 4650 Advanced Topics (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • WGST 2000 Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)

Note: Courses with appropriate content but not listed above may be counted toward this certificate with permission of the advisor. Reading courses with appropriate content, approved in advance, may also count toward this certificate.

Language Competence

Language competence, preferably in Spanish is required though other pertinent languages may be considered. Language competence is four semesters of university language study with a minimum of 12 credit hours, or equivalent to a high-intermediate level according to established Webster foreign language level standards.

Independent Library Research Project

Completion of an independent library research project in the field of Latin American Studies. This requirement can be fulfilled through a research class where the instructor agrees to work with the student in a project approved by the Latin American Studies Committee. This project will be presented and discussed with the Latin American Studies Committee members.

Latin American Studies Committee

  • Silvia Navia, Department of Global Languages, Cultures and Societies