Latin American Studies

Minimum 15 credits

The Certificate in Latin American Studies 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 long and complex history, intersecting political, economic, and social structures, and diverse cultures of the region. Students who wish to pursue the LAS certificate must apply by informing an academic advisor and completing the appropriate paperwork.

Latin American area courses 5 courses - 15 credits

Students take five courses from at least three different 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% of the content is devoted to Latin American and in which a student’s papers/project /presentations are based on Latin American may, with the approval of the certificate advisor, be counted as one of the required area courses.



HIST 0500 Colonial Latin America
HIST 0501 Modern Latin America
HIST 1522 Brazil
HIST 1525 Mexico
HIST 1583 20th Century Latin American Revolutions

Political Science

PS 1321 Latin American Government & Politics


SPAN 0055 Intro to Hispanic Literature
SPAN 1400 Survey of Latin American Literature
SPAN 1404 Latin American Topics
SPAN 1410 Cinema of the Hispanic World
SPAN 1450 Hispanic Legends


Study Abroad
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.

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese. Completion of six semesters of college-level courses, including SPAN 004 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.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the Latin
American Studies certificate.