Certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (LSGS)

General Certificate Requirements

The undergraduate certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South is administered by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to provide students with comparative, historical, and cultural knowledge of peoples of Latin American descent living in the United States (and moving transnationally); understanding of the concepts of Hispanics/Latino/as, latinidad and hispanidad, and the Global South (and Global North); and the construction and assertion of Latino/a identities, involving convergences and divergences, over space and time.  The certificate is open to students from any discipline; it may be combined with any major and minor (maximum total of 3 majors, minors, and certificates).

The course of study for program participants is interdisciplinary, with a minimum total of six courses. Students working toward a certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South are encouraged (but not required) to declare it by their fourth semester.

To qualify for the certificate, students will take:

(1) LSGS 101 or 101S  –– “Introduction to Latino/a Studies in the Global South”
Preferably in their first or sophomore year, all students will take this  interdisciplinary introductory course with socio-historical basis.

(2) language course - all students will either (a) take one course in Spanish at the 300-level or above, preferably a Spanish Service Learning course, or (b) apply to receive credit for a language taken other than Spanish (for example, Haitian Creole or a less-commonly taught Latin American language such as Quechua). Decisions regarding language credit in circumstance (b) will be made on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon applicability of the language to the student’s focus of study and capstone research project.

(3) Three elective courses, two of which must be at or above the 200-level.  
Of the three elective courses, at least one must be a humanities course, and one a social science course. Qualifying courses may come from the list provided below, or may include other courses not listed (new courses, special topics courses, and independent study) that have at least 50 percent of course content on Latino/as or Latino/a Studies and with term papers or other major projects focusing on this field. To determine if specific courses meet requirements for the certificate, students should consult the Program's executive director. Students may take up to two elective courses for the certificate at UNC-Chapel Hill, following the 50 percent guideline above, in consultation with the Program. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in study abroad programs in Latin America or Spain. Courses taken abroad with Latino/a Studies content that appear on the Duke transcript may count toward the three elective course total. Students may also wish to take advantage of house courses offered on Latino/a Studies topics, although house courses cannot satisfy any requirement of the certificate.

(4) LSGS 495S –– “Capstone in Latino/a Studies in the Global South”
All students will take this interdisciplinary capstone seminar, preferably in their senior year.

In meeting the total requirements, a minimum of three departments must be represented, with no more than half (50%) of the courses originating in a single academic unit. Students may count toward this certificate no more than two courses that are being used to fulfill the requirements of any major, minor, or other certificate. 

To enroll in the certificate program, students should officially declare their intention to pursue the certificate through Academic Advising (first- and second-year students) or through the Registrar (juniors and seniors) and should also meet in person with , Executive Director of Latino/a Studies, to complete required paperwork and discuss the academic plan.