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

The interdisciplinary certificate offered by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (LSGS) is open to all undergraduates from any major.

LSGS allows students to deepen their knowledge of the U.S. Latino/Latina/Latinx population by combining classes from across the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools.

The LSGS certificate introduces undergraduates to the field’s rich intellectual tradition and legacy.

The areas of foci and learning experiences for the certificate are shaped by the following:

  • 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/Latinxs, Latinidad, and Hispanidad, and the Global South (and Global North);
  • insight into the construction and assertion of Latinx identities, involving convergences and divergences, over space and time. 

This intellectual trajectory presents a comprehensive grasp of the field of Latinx Studies. It fosters a community of Latino/a/x thinkers at Duke, linking the certificate’s scholarly training to diverse professional paths.

LSGS allows you to draw on the strength and scope of Duke’s offerings in Latino/a Studies as well as complementary courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, which also houses an interdisciplinary minor in Latina/o Studies.

LSGS’s broad perspective and interdisciplinary approach are of potential benefit to those pursuing careers in law, business, marketing, education, public policy, medicine and healthcare, journalism and communications, the non-profit sector, and beyond.

Since its 2007 founding, some of our Program’s alums have pursued postgraduate study at institutions including Emory University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and Yale University; joined schools as teachers and counselors; work as public health researchers; gained employment in finance; become consultants; and actively practice engineering, among a range of other fulfilling career trajectories.