University Center for International StudiesLatin American Studies
- Graduate Advisor: Julian Asenjo
- Associate Director for Academic Affairs
- Center for Latin American Studies
- 4207 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
- Fax: 412-648-2199
- E-mail: email@example.com
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), established in 1964, is internationally recognized for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. In 1979 the U.S. Department of Education designated CLAS as a comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) on Latin America—a distinction it has retained continuously to the present.
CLAS' programs cover the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. Two academic programs are especially noteworthy: The Latin American Archaeology Program, housed in the Department of Anthropology, involves research, training, and publications and emphasizes collaboration between North American and Latin American archaeologists. Fellowships and a bilingual publication series (funded by the Howard Heinz Endowment and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) further enhance this exceptional program. The Latin American Social and Public Policy Program draws on the impressive array of faculty and student expertise on Latin American policy issues available at the University of Pittsburgh. The program brings together researchers from different fields with the goal of contributing information of relevance to policy decisions facing Latin America. Social and Public Policy Fellowships are annually awarded to scholars interested in studying various dimensions of social policy at the University of Pittsburgh. The Latin American Social and Public Policy Graduate Certificate is available to students in this more specialized program.
One of the major resources on Latin America available to students at the University of Pittsburgh is the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection. Its resources include exceptional collections on Bolivia and Cuba as well as extensive holdings on Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
Applications to the Center for Latin American Studies may be submitted either at the same time as applications to the University or after the student has been admitted. In either case, the center cannot accept students until they have received notification of admission to the University.
Latin American Studies offers a variety of financial assistance to students in its certificate programs. Please visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/grad_funding for further details.
Requirements for Certificates
CLAS offers two graduate certificates: the Certificate in Latin American Studies and the Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy. Requirements for each are detailed below.
Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies
To fulfill the requirements for this certificate, students must complete six Latin American area studies courses: two courses in the student's major department or school and four courses in at least two departments/schools other than that in which the student is receiving the advanced degree. The courses should total 18 credits. In addition, students are required to be proficient in a language of the area and to submit a research paper as detailed below.
Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy
To fulfill the requirements for this certificate, students must complete six courses focusing on social and public policy issues of Latin America: three courses should be in the student's major department or school and three courses should be in at least two departments/schools other than that in which the student is receiving the advanced degree. The courses should total 18 credits. In addition, students are required to be proficient in a language in their area and to present a research paper as detailed below.
The certificates in CLAS require three years, or the equivalent, of college-level Spanish, Portuguese, or an Amerindian language of the area. Students must have adequate proficiency to converse and conduct research in Latin America. A standardized examination is given to each candidate by a faculty member of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.
Interdisciplinary Research Paper
Students in CLAS certificate programs must complete a research paper on Latin America that reflects competence in at least two disciplines. The master's thesis or a revised research paper may be used to fulfill this requirement.