Graduate Certificate in The Americas
Offered by the School of International Service.
Admission to the Program
Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose.
Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a U.S.-accredited institution before enrollment at SIS. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.
- 15 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at or above the 600-level with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit
Core (3 credit hours)
Complete 3 credit hours from the following:
- ANTH-639 Culture, History, Power, Place (3) 3 (approved topics)
- HIST-640 Latin American Studies (3) 3 (topics)
- SIS-676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3) 3 : Americas in Comparative Perspective
- SPAN-554 Classics of Latin American Literature (3) 3 (topics)
Electives (12 credit hours)
Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other approved courses:
- SIS-577 International Relations in the Americas (3) 3
- SIS-579 Selected Regional and Country Studies (3) 3 (topics)
- SIS-582 United States Policy towards Latin America (3) 3
- SIS-618 Topics in North American Studies (3) 3
- SPAN-559 Colloquium on Latin America (3) 3 (topics)
- SPAN-656 Spanish Topics (3) 3
- SPAN-658 Introduction to Spanish Translation (3) 3
- SPAN-659 Advanced Spanish Translation (3) 3
- SPAN-705 Seminar in Spanish and Latin American Studies (3) 3 (topics)