Latin American and Iberian Studies Certificate

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Stretching over twenty countries, from Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean to South America, Latin America is a major world region, neighbor to the United States and increasingly the point of origin for a significant number of Americans. Through growing hemispheric links such as NAFTA, CAFTA and the OAS, Latin America has been and will continue to be a major area of U.S. business, economic and political relations. The Latin American and Iberian Studies Certificate will provide the EWU student, and the Spokane metropolitan area, with the opportunity to gain a highly specialized and integrative knowledge of the internal and international issues related to Latin America and Iberia (Spain and Portugal), by focusing on culture, history, politics and language in a premier public university setting.

Acceptance to the certificate program requires that the student have at least a cumulative GPA 3.0 in all courses at EWU and the approval of the certificate coordinator. In no course required for the certificate can the student receive <3.0 and all courses within the certificate must have a cumulative GPA 3.3.

All courses for the certificate must be completed at EWU; transfer credits will not be accepted for certificate completion. Completion of this certificate will also satisfy the minor requirement for students completing majors where a minor is required.

Required Certificate Courses
Language requirement15
Instruction in the Spanish, Portuguese or French languages through the Modern Languages and Literature language programs.
Required
ANTH 357PEOPLES OF LATIN AMERICA5
HIST 365LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY5
HIST 493CERTIFICATE SYNTHESIS AND ASSESSMENT1
or POLI 493 PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT
or ANTH 493 PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT
Students select two courses from the following9
Anthropology
REVOLUTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD
ARCHAEOLOGY OF MESO-AMERICA
Chicano Studies
CHICANO HISTORY
SURVEY OF CHICANO LITERATURE
LATINA/O COMMUNITIES IN THE U.S.: FIELD RESEARCH IN CHICANA/O, LATINA/O STUDIES
Geography
GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
Government
INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
History
HISTORY OF SPAIN
COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
CULTURAL HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
HISTORY OF MEXICO
SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Students may incorporate the following courses into the program when certificate-themed and with the approval of the certificate coordinator.
Note: other certificate-themed courses at the 300- or 400-level may exceptionally fulfill requirements with the approval of the certificate coordinator.
DIRECTED STUDY
DIRECTED STUDY
DIRECTED STUDY
DIRECTED STUDY
Total Credits35

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate awareness of the historical, social, cultural, geographic and political dynamics of the Latin American and Iberian countries (Latin America, Spain, and Portugal);
  • apply normative and empirical tools to the study of Latin American and Iberian political, cultural and governmental realities, both past and present;
  • apply knowledge of Latin American and Iberian history to interpret current political, social and cultural dynamics in Latin America and Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and in comparison to other world regions;
  • acquire basic communication skills in Spanish, French or Portuguese;
  • attain advanced understanding of Latin America and Iberia, sufficient to enter graduate studies concerning the region, or a track wherein expertise in Latin America, Spain and/or Portugal is necessary.