Latin American Studies Certificate

Latin America

General Requirements:

Requirements for the Certificate in Latin American Studies are satisfied through formal language instruction and by completing a minimum of 21credits at the 300 level or above, with at least 12 credits taken at ISU. Students will take coursework in at least three different disciplines and departments (Spanish, Anthropology, and Political Science) with other possible course offerings in LAS, History, Agriculture, and Agronomy.
Course Requirements:
Students will complete 12 credits of core courses which include:

  • Political Science 343- Latin American Government and Politics- 3 credits
  • Anthropology 323- Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
    (Should one of the above courses not be offered, students should consult the Latin American Studies Undergraduate Certificate advisor to find an appropriate substitute).

Choice of one of the following 3 – credit courses:

  • Spanish 332- Studies in Latin American Literature from Pre-Columbian Times through the 19th Century
  • Spanish 333- Studies in Latin American Literature from 1898 to the Present

Choice of one of the following 3- credit courses:

  • Spanish 324- Latin America Today
  • Spanish 322- Latin American Civilization

Other Requirements:

  • Students will complete an additional 9 credits selected from the approved list of courses in Latin American Studies or courses approved by the Latin American Studies Certificate advisor at the 300 level or above.
  • No more than 3 credits may be taken as a 490, independent study, and the topic must deal with Latin America.
  • A minimum of 9 credits applied toward the Certificate cannot be used to meet any other departmental, college, or university requirement.
  • Students may receive credit on a pre-approved basis for internships completed in Latin America. No more than 3 credits from this area may be applied to the Certificate.
  • Courses taken for the Certificate may not be taken on a pass not-pass basis.
  • Credits for a Certificate may be used to satisfy the credit requirement for graduation and to meet the credit requirements for courses numbered 300 and above.
  • A certificate is not awarded if the baccalaureate degree is not finished.
  • For students earning an ISU baccalaureate degree, a certificate is awarded concurrent with or after the ISU baccalaureate degree.
  • After receiving a baccalaureate degree from any accredited institution, a student may enroll at ISU to earn a certificate.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 is required in courses taken at ISU for a certificate.

Language Requirement:

  • The minimum requirement in formal language instruction is completion of two years or the equivalent of Spanish at the university level. At ISU the completion of Spanish 202 satisfies this requirement.
  • Native speakers, or those with in-field experience of another Latin American language with a level equivalent to 202 can have the language requirement waived. Equivalence will normally be assessed by a faculty member/CLEP exam in the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures.
  • While students are encouraged to enroll in language instruction courses (i.e., conversation and composition) above the 300 level, no more than 6 credits of language study (301,303, 304) may be applied toward fulfilling language requirements for the Certificate. Students should be aware that all 300-level literature and culture/civilization courses in the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures have pre requisites such as Spanish 303 and 301.

Study Abroad:
Students are required to participate in an ISU-approved study abroad program in a Latin American country with a minimum duration of 4 consecutive weeks. The Study Abroad Office has a list of ISU-approved programs. Students may elect to participate in other study abroad programs with the approval of the Latin American Studies Advisory Committee.
Latin American Studies Certificate Advisor
Thomas Waldemer
2246 Pearson, 294-9973

Latin America