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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Latin American Social & Public Policy Certificate

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The Certificate in Latin American Social & Public Policy Studies is a multidisciplinary program of study focused in social and public policy in Latin America, Caribbean and diasporic studies, and is designed for students who want to graduate with a credential that indicates a specialization on this region of the world as well as policy of that region in addition to their graduate degree. Students who complete this certificate will demonstrate advanced knowledge and a dimension of expertise on social and public policy in Latin America, Caribbean and Diaspora (such as Latinx Studies). The requirements for this certificate have three components: language proficiency, content courses and a research paper. GPA requirement is 3.0 for all courses to be counted toward any Latin American Studies Certificate.

Language Proficiency

Equivalent of two years college level language skill in Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, and Haitian Creole.

Content Courses

Total of five courses (15 credits). Three different departments must be represented, and three courses can overlap with the student’s major.

Students who are exempt from the language requirement because of previous coursework or heritage language skills may use language course credits towards the requirement for unique credits in addition to the degree program. Students may contextualize non-credit bearing internships that are required in various graduate degree programs as credit bearing experiences for UCIS certificate programs. Prior approval must be received from the academic advisor to pursue these options.

Research Paper

A final multidisciplinary research paper (10-15 pages in length, with 10+ references), a Master’s thesis, or a Doctoral Dissertation will fulfill the requirement for the research paper.

15 Credits

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