Jun 24, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Latin American Studies Certificate

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Policies Requirements and Standards Latin American Studies

William Deaver, Coordinator

As a collaborative program of the University System of Georgia and the Americas Council, the Certificate in Latin American Studies provides an in-depth study of Latin America and its relationship with the United States and other nations. The CLAS offers a common curriculum open to all university system institutions. The program recognizes a student’s knowledge and understanding of a region of growing importance, both economically and culturally. The course of study is designed to be interdisciplinary and complementary to existing undergraduate programs. Students who satisfy the certificate requirements in their undergraduate degree will be awarded a Certificate in Latin American Studies which will be noted in the student’s placement materials and on their transcript.

A certificate in Latin American Studies must be taken in conjunction with a formal degree program. Students from all majors who hold a 2.80 GPA are eligible to participate. A student may formally apply to enroll in the program after successful completion of thirty hours of academic credit and either HIST 3110 - History of Latin America Since 1850  or SPAN 3120 - Civilization and Culture of Latin America .

Requirements: 18 hours

Language Requirement:

0-6 hours of Spanish or French at the 3000 level or above. These hours may be taken as part of an approved study abroad program as long as the course is beyond the intermediate level.


Demonstration of written and oral proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, or Quechua. Demonstration of language proficiency above the intermediate level as defined by ACTFL standards through examination, a grade of C or better at the 3000 level, or successful completion of an oral and written examination evaluated by a qualified University System of Georgia faculty member (for Haitian Creole and Quechua).

Three courses in Latin American Studies from the following: 9 hours

Two of which must be from outside the student’s major.

  • Any Latin American upper division courses offered in the University System of Georgia
  • Six hours may come from courses that have a minimum 25% Latin American component
  • No more than six hours from study abroad or internships
  • No more than one course may be taken at the 1000-2000 level

All courses, study abroad programs, and internships must be approved by the director of International Education (Dr. James Anderson) or the campus CLAS Coordinator (Dr. Bill Deaver). All courses require a grade of C or better.

Honors Option:

A student may receive an Honors Certificate in Latin American Studies if he or she maintains an overall GPA of 2.8 and a GPA of 3.5 in all CLAS courses, and submits a senior honors paper on a Latin American topic to a faculty member in that field. The paper must receive a B+ or better.

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