The certificate program is a 21-credit program open to all undergraduate students which provides interdisciplinary coursework designed to explore Latin American and Caribbean cultures, democracy, governance, civil society, labor, gender, art, literature, ethnicity, and migration. Students take four required courses and select three other courses from an approved list to address their individual areas of interest. In addition, all students must demonstrate competence in either Spanish, Portuguese, or another language with permission.
The Undergraduate Certificate strengthens the intellectual breadth and depth of Maryland students, especially those majoring in fields that have been identified as possessing particular importance for the State of Maryland, such as STEAM, multilingualism, multicultural education, healthcare, and sustainability. The Certificate nurtures a globally-conscious citizenry and grows a well-trained, professional workforce prepared to succeed in areas such as international business and finance, marketing, communications and marketing, ecological and environmental studies, government and diplomacy, law, development, education, literary arts and cultural expression.
Why should you do it?
The chance to pursue something you are truly interested in, to personalize your course of study with projects and courses that matter to you.
Interdisciplinary training through the range of coursework.
The LASC certificate is noted on your transcript, and shows an additional specialization beyond your major that is very attractive to potential employers.
LASC alumni have gone on to work in:
International law, international business, global health, teachers, professors in the U.S. and abroad, Foreign Service officers, Latin American embassies & governmental organization.
- LASC 234 - Issues in Latin American Studies I (3 credits)
- LASC 235 - Issues in Latin American Studies II (3 credits)
- LASC 250/251 - History of Latin America I or II (3 credits)
- LASC 458 - Senior Capstone in Latin American Studies (3 credits)
To complete the certificate, students must select three elective courses (9 credits) with Latin American-related content from at least two different departments. Six of the nine credits must be at the 300 and/or 400 levels. Students may choose from dozens of electives each semester.
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