Latin American Studies

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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18 credit hours

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/International Languages and Cultures Department

The Certificate in Latin American Studies (LAS) seeks to introduce students to a better understanding and awareness of the cultures and civilizations of Latin America.

The curriculum of the Certificate in LAS 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.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.


  • 18 credit hours taken at Webster University as specified below
  • 3 credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above
  • All courses for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C- or better
  • Language competence (preferably Spanish though other pertinent languages may be considered): four semesters of university language study with a minimum of 12 credit hours, or equivalent to high intermediate according to established Webster foreign language level standards.
  • 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.
  • transfer credits do not apply to the certificate
  • recognition credit hours can count toward the certificate

Required Courses

  • ISTL 1100 Introduction to Latin American Studies,
    or ILC 2150 Topics in Culture (with appropriate subtitle),
    or SPAN 3150 Culture & Civilization of the Spanish Speaking World: Latin America (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2450 Twentieth-Century Latin America,
    or POLT 2550 Politics of Development (with appropriate subtitle),
    or HIST 2070 Topics in Non-Western History (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • Additional courses with substantial Latin American content drawn from the above or from a list of courses (updated on a semester basis) available from the International Languages Department or from the coordinator of Latin American Studies (12 hours)

List of qualifying courses:

  • ENGL 4030  Literature of Latin America (3 hours)
  • FILM 3160  Topics in Film Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (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 & 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 & 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 3500 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's Studies (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)

Reading courses with appropriate content, approved in advance, may also count towards this certificate.

Note: Courses with appropriate content but not listed above may be counted towards this certificate with permission of the advisor.

Latin American Studies Committee

  • Graciela Corvalán, International Languages and Culture
  • Daniel Hellinger, History, Politics, and International Relations
  • Silvia Navia, International Languages and Cultures
  • Jorge Oliver, Electronic and Photographic Media