Certificate in Latino Studies

The Program in Latino Studies, administered by the Program in American Studies, offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that traverses the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the emergence, transformation, and consolidation of Latinos as a pan-ethnic group, and to appreciate the range of Hispanic imprints on American society and culture.

Courses that satisfy the program certificate are offered by the departments of African American studies, anthropology, English, history, politics, sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese, and by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in American Studies and the Lewis Center for the Arts. Faculty affiliated with the program direct the study plans of students seeking a certificate in Latino studies, which is pursued in tandem with a disciplinary concentration.

Admission to the Program

Students from all departments are welcome to the program. Students may enroll in the Latino studies certificate program at any time, including freshman year. There are no prerequisites, and courses taken prior to enrollment may count towards the certificate requirements. Students may take AMS 101, “America Then and Now,” at any time during their studies, including after enrollment in the certificate program. To enroll in the certificate program, students should complete the online enrollment form. New students are encouraged to meet with Rachael DeLue, associate director of the Program in American Studies, to discuss the program requirements and plans for completing the certificate. To schedule a meeting, please use the web appointment scheduling engine (WASE).

Course of Study

Students may earn a certificate in Latino studies by successfully completing the following requirements, consisting of five courses:

  1. AMS 101: America Then and Now
  2. Three courses in Latino studies, either originating in the program or cross-listed and preferably representing disciplinary breadth in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. No more than one course taken in fulfillment of the student’s concentration may be counted toward the certificate. With the approval of the associate director, a student may substitute a comparative race and ethnicity course that contains substantial Latino studies content for one of these courses.
  3. A capstone seminar in American studies, preferably taken in the senior year.

Students should plan to meet with associate director DeLue or with Jordan Dixon, the undergraduate administrator for the Program in American Studies, before the end of their first year of enrollment, to review their plans for fulfilling the certificate requirements.

Note, April 15, 2019: Jordan Dixon is on leave through late summer 2019. During this time, students should contact Judith Ferszt, program manager, to discuss enrollment and review their plans for fulfilling the certificate requirements.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who fulfill all program requirements will receive a certificate of proficiency in Latino studies upon graduation.