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Latin American Studies

Graduate Certificate

This program may be of interest to those seeking certification of Latin American expertise. For information, and to be admitted, students should contact the Latin American Studies program director.

This graduate certificate program is exclusively - and only - completed during enrolment in a master’s or doctoral program. Therefore, graduate certificate courses may be applied toward a master’s or doctoral program. Students are not permitted to complete this graduate certificate program on its' own. Courses used to satisfy the requirements of a diploma program cannot also be used to satisfy the requirements of this graduate certificate program.

Program Requirements

Students complete, with a minimum B grade, all of

IS 815 - Theories of Latin American Development (4)

A synthetic introduction to historical and contemporary theories of development in Latin America. Topics include political economy of development, sociological theories of development, an introduction to neoliberalism, and the contemporary experience of globalization and development in Latin America. Students who have taken LAS 815 or SA 815 for credit may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Christopher Gibson
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
IS 835 - Social and Political Change in Latin America (4)

A general overview of social and political change in Latin America, including revolutions, independence, transition to democracy, and contemporary social movements. Theoretical approaches may include social-movement theory, democratic theory, etc. Students who have taken LAS 835 or SA 835 for credit may not take this course for further credit.

a graduate research methods course

one additional Latin America related course

Students are also required to demonstrate Spanish or Portuguese language proficiency by taking a faculty administered exam, or by obtaining a B grade in an upper division Spanish or Portuguese language course.

Courses used to fulfil the requirements cannot be graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory but instead must culminate in a letter grade.

Students enrolled in the MAIS Program who qualify for the Concentration in Latin America may not receive the Certificate in LAS.