The Certificate in Latin American Studies (LAS) is designed to promote knowledge and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean through multidisciplinary study and field experience. It provides students with a broad background in the region’s long and complex history; it’s intersecting political, economic, and social structures; and its diverse cultures. Students who wish to pursue the LAS certificate must apply by informing an academic advisor and completing the appropriate paperwork.
Latin American: 5 courses (15 credits)
Students take five courses from at least three departments. Only one of the courses may be from the student’s major department. Students may transfer credits for no more than two of the area courses from another college or university. The Pitt-Greensburg courses listed below may be used as Latin American area courses. Other courses in which 25 percent of the content is devoted to Latin America and in which a student’s papers/projects/presentations are based on Latin America may, with the approval of the certificate advisor, be counted as one of the required area courses.
Students must enroll for a six-week program of study in an accredited study abroad program in a Latin American country. Pitt-Greensburg students are also eligible for the yearly seminar/field trip to a Latin American country sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies. Selection for the program is competitive and requires an application due in early October and an interview.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese. Completion of six semesters of college-level courses including SPAN 0001, 0002, 0003, and 0004 plus two additional Spanish language classes will satisfy the language proficiency requirement. Native speakers of either language can request that the language proficiency requirement be waived.