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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate

Overview

CLACS offers an interdisciplinary certificate, similar to a minor, designed for students who want to learn about the cultures and societies of our neighbors to the south, as well as for those who are considering a career with involvement in the Latin American and Caribbean area.  Candidates in the studies program can come from majors in any academic department in the University. The student selects courses dealing with Latin America and the Caribbean from offerings in business, economics, education, government, languages and literature, history, law, management, marketing, psychology, theology, and other disciplines.

Students at the graduate level may also enroll in the certificate program by itself. Students completing a Latin American Studies Program have been very successful in obtaining employment in international divisions and agencies of universities, businesses, and the government. They are frequently hired by multinational corporations, international health organizations, social welfare programs, and public and private schools.

Contact Information
Dr. Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Chair
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
St. John Hall, Room B3A, 1 & 9
718-990-1932
[email protected]

 

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Admission

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1601
[email protected]

Courses

Completion of the certificate on Latin American and Caribbean studies does not necessarily lengthen the amount of time required to obtain a degree. Courses in one's major, combined with electives, can be used to complete the requirements for the Latin American and Caribbean specialization. To complete the requirements for the Certificate, students must earn a minimum of fifteen credits in Latin American and Caribbean studies from the LACS Concentration Course List. Language proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese must be demonstrated. 

To complete the requirements for the undergraduate or graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, students must earn a minimum of 15 credits in Latin American and Caribbean Studies by selecting courses from the CLACS Concentration Course List. Latin American and Caribbean content courses not on the list may be approved by petition only. Courses selected must be distributed among at least three (one in the student's major and four in at least two other departments) St. John's departments and must include a minimum of nine credits from those courses listed with an asterisk. Those students majoring in departments which do not offer courses dealing with Latin America and the Caribbean will be able to fulfill course requirements by taking five courses on Latin America and the Caribbean in at least three departments.
 
Students interested in the certificate at the graduate level must select courses from the list of graduate courses.  Any exceptions to this rule must be approved by the appropriate Dean and department.

Language instruction below Level 4 may not be counted toward the credit requirement. Language proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese must be demonstrated by successfully passing an approved language exam or successfully completing Spanish or Portuguese at level 4. A student could meet some of the credit requirements by taking courses in Latin American universities with which we have established agreements or any other university with prior approval from the Dean and the department in question.