Latin American Studies Undergraduate Certificate
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This country is deeply connected to Latin America in a myriad of ways, and a good part of its history is rooted in Latin American experience. Peoples originating in cultures that we now define as 'Latin America' resided in what is now the US - and in the place we now call Colorado -long before the country came into existence and, in all their diversity, peoples with ties to the region have been co-constructors of the nation ever since. To further our collective understanding of the hemisphere we inhabit, then, it is essential to support the study of the cultural, political, economic, and historical richness of this region. This certificate focuses on societies from Mexico to Patagonia. It makes the case that the study of Latin American lives in all their diversity, both past and present, has much to offer students in their efforts to comprehend the world and their own communities. This certificate will cater to students who wish to examine the histories, arts, literatures, philosophies, politics, and communications of this dynamic region, and it does so by offering a pathway to study Latin America through a bilingual lens as well.
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- Recognize the diverse societies, cultures, polities, discourses, and histories that have come to constitute present-day Latin America,
- Connect Latin American societies to global processes,
- Compare different methodological and disciplinary approaches that are used to study Latin America,
- Identify the contributions of Latin American peoples to the construction of the Western Hemisphere and to global society.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Certificate
- Eligibility: While housed in the History Department, Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary field that draws from Geography, Spanish, Philosophy, Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and Education. Thus, CU Denver undergraduate students in any discipline are encouraged enroll in the program.
- This certificate is open to all CU Denver Undergraduates. Students may apply for the Latin American Studies Certificate at any point in their studies. To apply, students should contact Dr. Ryan Crewe [firstname.lastname@example.org] and indicate their student ID number, their major(s), and expected graduation.
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with the Latin American Studies advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the certificate.
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- Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from the approved courses.
- Students must complete a minimum of six upper division (3000-level and above) credit hours from the approved courses.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the certificate and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to certificate requirements.
- Students must complete all certificate credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- The Latin American Studies Certificate advisor can approve additional courses that fit within the themes of the certificate.
- The certificate will be awarded when the student graduates with the bachelor's degree.
|Complete one of the following Latin American Studies foundations courses:||3|
|Colonial Latin America|
|Modern Latin American History|
|Contemporary Latin American Culture and Institutions|
|Complete another foundations course from the list above or one of the following Latin American Studies elective courses:||3|
|Central America and the Caribbean|
|Geography of South America|
|Latin American Philosophy|
|Complete two additional courses from the lists above or two of the following elective courses, depending on your interests and desired focus in Latin American studies: 1||6|
|Archaeology of Mexico and Central America|
|Communicating Latinx Cultures|
|Undocumented Mexican Immigration|
|Contemporary Latin American Literature|
|The African Diaspora|
|History of Latin American Art:1520-1820|
|Mexico and the United States: People and Politics on the Border|
|Social Revolutions in Latin America|
|Explorers and Exploration|
|Advanced Indigenous Peoples' Politics|
|Spanish American Culture and Civilization|
|Special Topics In Hispanic Culture|
|Ibero-American Cultures through Film|
|Food Metaphors: Ibero-American Cuisine and Culture|
|Dialects of the Spanish-Speaking World|
|Contemporary Spanish-American Novel|
|Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature|
|Borges: An Introduction to His Labyrinths|
|Contemporary Argentine Short Stories|
|Mexican Literature I: pre-Columbian and Colonial|
|Mexican Literature II: 19th to 21st Centuries|
|Unexpected Lives: Ibero-American Queer Cinema|
|Garcia Marquez: Words of Magic|
|Special Topics: Latin American Literature|
Students may complete any of the "required" courses as electives. Each course will only fulfill one category.
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