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Latin American Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes - Students will:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the historical, social, cultural, geographic and political dynamics of the Latin American and Iberian countries (Latin America, Spain, and Portugal);
  • Apply normative and empirical tools to the study of Latin American and Iberian political, cultural and governmental realities, both past and present;
  • Apply knowledge of Latin American and Iberian history to interpret current political, social and cultural dynamics in Latin America and Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and in comparison to other world regions;
  • Acquire basic communication skills in Spanish, French or Portuguese;
  • Attain advanced understanding of Latin America and Iberia, sufficient to enter graduate studies concerning the region, or a track wherein expertise in Latin America, Spain and/or Portugal is necessary.

What will I study?


Stretching over thirty countries, from Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean to South America, Latin America is a major world region, neighbor to the United States and increasingly the point of origin for a significant number of Americans. Through growing hemispheric links such as NAFTA, CAFTA and the OAS, Latin America has been and will continue to be a major area of U.S. business, economic and political relations. The Latin American and Iberian Studies Certificate will provide the EWU student, and the Spokane metropolitan area, with the opportunity to gain a highly specialized and integrative knowledge of the internal and international issues related to Latin America and Iberia (Spain and Portugal), by focusing on culture, history, politics and language in a premier public university setting.

Acceptance to the certificate program requires that the student have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all courses at EWU and the approval of the certificate coordinator. In no course required for the certificate can the student receive below a 3.0 and all courses within the certificate must have a 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA.

All courses for the certificate must be completed at EWU; transfer credits will not be accepted for certificate completion. Completion of this certificate will also satisfy the minor requirement for students completing majors where a minor is required.

Required Certificate Courses: Language requirement (15 credits) instruction in the Spanish, Portuguese or French languages through the Modern Languages and Literatures language programs.

Students must take all of the following (11 credits)

• ANTH 357 Peoples of Latin America (5)
• HIST 365 Latin American History (5)
• HIST/GOVT/ANTH 493 Certificate Synthesis and Assessment (1)

Students select two courses from the following (9 credits minimum)


• ANTH 366 Revolution and Development in the 3rd World (5)
• ANTH 455 Archaeology of Meso-America (5)

Chicano Studies:

• CHST 218 Chicano History (5)
• CHST 300 Survey of Chicano Literature (5)
• CHST 340 Latina/o Communities in the U.S.: Field Research in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies (5)


GEOG 332 Geography of Latin America (4)


• GOVT 320 International Systems (5)
• GOVT 322 International Political Economy (5)
• GOVT 327 Politics of Developing Nations (5)
• GOVT 402 Topics in International Relations and Comparative Politics (5)


• HIST 360 History of Spain (5)
• HIST 461 Colonial Latin America (5)
• HIST 463 Cultural History of Latin America (5)
• HIST 464 History of Mexico (5)
• HIST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar (5)

The following courses are offered intermittently and may be incorporated into the student's program with the coordinator's permission.

· HST 396     History of Cuba (5)
· SPAN 321   Spanish-American Civilization and Culture (5)
· SPAN 339   Survey of Spanish-American Literature (3)
· SPAN 477   Latin American Film (5)
· SPAN 170   Introduction to Hispanic Literature (5)
· ECON 498   Economics of Latin America (5)
· PHIL 400-77 Latin American Philosophy (5)

Students may incorporate the following courses into the program when certificate-themed and with the approval of the certificate coordinator:

• ANTH 499 Directed Study (5)
• CHST 499 Directed Study (5)
• GOVT 499 Directed Study (5)
• HIST 499 Directed Study (5)

Other certificate-themed courses at the 300 or 400 level may exceptionally fulfill requirements with the approval of the certificate coordinator.


Required language credits: 15 Credits

Core requirements: 11 Credits

Area requirements: 9 Credits

Minimum number of credits for above certificate: 35 Credits

For more information contact one of the certificate coordinators:

Dr. Joseph Lenti, at 509-359-7951 or by email at;
Dr. Julia Smith, at 509-359-7958 or by email at; or,
Dr. Natalia Ruiz-Rubio, at 509-359-7955 or by email at

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