Area Studies: Latin America
|Latin American Studies
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
4200 Posvar Hall
The Latin American Studies Certificate is designed to give students a sound background in an academic discipline or professional program and supplement that work with multidisciplinary competence on Latin America and proficiency in at least one of its languages. The expertise of more than 130 faculty members clusters around the Andean countries, Mesoamerica, Brazil, and the Caribbean Basin. Over 65 faculty members, most of whom are in the social sciences and humanities, form the Center's core teaching and research nucleus. Pittsburgh's Latin American library resources cover the entire region with exceptional collections on Bolivia and Cuba as well as extensive holdings on Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
- Language Proficiency: three years, or the equivalent, of college level Spanish or Portuguese or an Amerindian language in the area. Students must have adequate proficiency to converse and conduct research; a standardized examination is given to each candidate through the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.
- Six Latin American studies courses: two to three courses in the student's major school (Law) or department and three to four courses in at least two departments/schools other than that in which the student is receiving the advanced degree.
- An interdisciplinary research paper: A research paper on Latin America that reflects competence in at least two disciplines. The master's thesis or a revised research paper may be used to fulfill this requirement.
Contact Shirley Kregar, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, at 412-648-7396 or Kregar@ucis.pitt.edu for more information.