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  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Latin American Studies Certificate and Related Concentration


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University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Luis G. Van Fossen Bravo, Undergraduate Advisor 
4202 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-7393
bravo@pitt.edu​
www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

 

Any undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh may enroll in the Certificate or Related Concentration of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). The earlier you enter the program, the easier it is to incorporate Latin American courses into your plan of study. As a CLAS student, you will become eligible for grants and fellowships awarded by the Center. You also receive information about the many events sponsored by the Center.

Certificate Requirements


  • Seven Latin American courses (21 credits): two courses in the major department and five courses from at least two departments outside the major. If majoring in a department in which no Latin American courses are offered, the requirement is seven Latin American area courses in at least three different departments. For a list of approved courses, click here.
  • Language proficiency: three years (six terms) of college-level Spanish or Portuguese, or have equivalent competency
  • Study abroad in Latin America is required. The study abroad program must be for academic credit and last at least six weeks. The requirement may be fulfilled by participation in the CLAS Undergraduate Seminar and Field Program.

Related Concentration Requirements


Similar to a minor, the related concentration is designed for students who want to learn about the cultures and societies of our neighbors to the south. It is suitable for students considering a career specializing in the Latin American region, and has two academic requirements: area studies courses and language proficiency.

  • One course in the major department, and four courses from at least two departments outside the major (15 credits). If majoring in a department in which no Latin American courses are offered, the requirement is five Latin American area courses in at least three different departments.
  • Language proficiency: two years of study (four terms) of college-level Spanish or Portuguese, or have equivalent proficiency.

Special Academic Opportunities


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) offers a variety of funding opportunities for undergraduate students entering or currently enrolled in one of its undergraduate programs. Please visit: www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/ugrad_funding.

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