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Latin American Studies

A certificate in Latin American studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the language, cultures, economics, history, geography and politics of Latin America.


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Program Code



2 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Romance Languages & Literatures
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


714 Old Chemistry
PO Box 210377
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Carl Bryant
Phone: 513-556-1950

Student Success Factors

Students need to be genuinely interested in Latin America, willing to travel in the area and willing to gain full or partial command of Spanish and/or Portuguese. Students pursuing a certificate in Latin American studies generally wish to work in Latin America or in career opportunities in the U.S. dealing with Latin America.

Career Possibilities

  • International affairs
  • Communications
  • Global manager
  • Peace Corps recruiters
  • Specialists for nonprofit organizations
  • Federal government officials
  • Government agencies

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Latin American Studies Certifcate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Latin American Studies Certificate Requirements
    • SPANxxxx, Complete Spanish Language group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Eight courses from four departments in Electives group below, 18 - 24
    • AFST3053, Africana Demography, 3
    • ANTH1000, Introduction to Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH1001, Cultural Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH1002, Cultural Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH2018, New World Prehistory , HP, SS, 3
    • ANTH3020, Maya Prehistory, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH3021, Aztec Civilization, 3
    • ANTH3032, Reading Maya Texts: Critical Approaches to Primary Sources, DC, HP, 3
    • ANTH3061, Peoples of Amazonia, 3
    • ANTH3063, Peoples of the Caribbean, 3
    • ANTH3064, Indians of Mexico and Guatemala, 3
    • ANTH4030, Royal Courts of the Ancient New World, 3
    • ANTH4038, Field Research in Mesoamerica Archaeology, 3 - 6
    • ANTH7018, New World Archaeology Seminar, 4
    • ANTH7020, Maya Archaeology, 4
    • ANTH7021, Aztec Archaeology, 4
    • ANTH7063, Caribbean Ethnography, 4
    • ANTH7064, Mesoamerican Ethnography, 4
    • COMM3049, Intercultural Communication, DC, SE, 3
    • GEOG2011, Geography of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2023, The Geography of NAFTA Nations, DC, SS, 3
    • HIST1009, Latin American HistoryI, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1010, Latin American History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2016, History of Modern Mexico, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3090, Travelers in the New World, 3
    • HIST3091, Guatemala and the Cold War, 3
    • HIST4089, Drugs in the Americas and in Global Perspective , 3
    • HIST4090, The Cold War in Latin America, 3
    • HIST4091, Inventing Latin America, 3
    • HIST4092, The Inquisition in Spain and the New World, 3
    • HPE2002, Minority and Vulnerable Population Health, DC, SS, 3
    • HPE2003, International Health, DC, SS, 3
    • INTB3080, Global Environment of Business, DC, 3
    • INTB4050, International Management, 3
    • INTB5012, Study Abroad Chile: Doing Business in Chile, 3
    • INTB5013, Study Abroad Mexico, 3
    • INTB5015, Service Learning Central America, 3
    • INTB5025, International Accounting and Financial Management, 3
    • INTB5093, Special Topics in International Business, 3
    • PLAN4090, Global Perspectives in Urban Planning, 3
    • POL1060, Introduction to Comparative Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL1080, Introduction to International Relations, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2065, Politics of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2069, Politics of Developing Countries, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2088, International Law and Organization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2089, International Human Rights, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3080, Approaches to International Politics, 3
    • POL3081, Politics of Global Economic Affairs, 3
    • POL3082, Alignment and Alliances in International Relations, 3
    • POL3090, Conflict in International Relations, 3
    • SPAN1081, Spain World Cultures, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1082, Mexico World Cultures, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1083, US Latino Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1084, US Latino Autobiography , DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1085, US Latino Culture through Film, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1086, Central American Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN3021, Business Spanish I, DC, SE, 3
    • SPAN3022, Business Spanish II, DC, SE, 3
    • SPAN3032, Latin American Film, 3
    • SPAN3042, Survey of Latin American Literature, 3
    • SPAN3048, Latin American Literature 20th Century, 3
    • SPAN3051, Service Learning: Spanish, 1 - 3
    • SPAN3052, Service Learning: Medical Spanish, 3 - 5
    • SPAN3053, Spring Break Guatemala Service Learning, 3
    • SPAN3081, Las Tres Culturas, 3
    • SPAN3082, Latin America Today, 3
    • SPAN3087, Latin American Civilization I, 3
    • SPAN3088, Latin American Civilization II, 3
    • SPAN4042, Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture, 3
    • WGS2002, Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS4000, Feminist Theory, 3
    • WGS4016, Latina and Latin American Feminisms, 3
    • WGS4040, International Women's Human Rights, 3
    Spanish language
    • SPAN2015, Spanish Composition and Conversation, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN2016, Spanish Composition and Conversation, DC, HU, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.


Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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