Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

Adriana Pitetta, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Overview and Contact Information

The Five College Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies allows students the opportunity to specialize in Latin American studies in addition to or as a complement to their majors. Under the guidance of the appointed faculty adviser for the program at Mount Holyoke, students design a sequential, coordinated and comprehensive course of study drawing on the faculty specialists and course offerings at the five campuses.  The program is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the complex region that comprises contemporary Latin America.

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Requirements for the Certificate

A minimum of eight courses:

One broadly based introductory course on the social and political history of Latin America or U.S. Latinos such as:1
Introduction to Latin American Cultures (at Mount Holyoke)
One course in the humanities that focuses substantially on Latin America or U.S. Latinos -- including courses in art, art history, dance, folklore, literature, music, philosophy, religion, or theatre, etc.1
One course in the social sciences that focuses substantially on Latin America or U.S. Latinos -- including courses in anthropology, economics, geography, politics or political science, and sociology1
Four other courses which should be more advanced and more specific in focus4
One upper-level seminar in Latin America and/or U.S. Latinos1
Proficiency through second-year college level in an official (other than English) or indigenous language of Latin America0-4
Total Courses8-12

Additional Specifications

  • At least one of the courses must be in Latino Studies, and at least one must be in Latin American or Caribbean Studies.
  • All courses must be approved in advance by the student’s Mount Holyoke advisor for the certificate program. A list of current candidate courses is available on the certificate's website.
  • At least one course must be taken outside of Mount Holyoke at one of the other institutions in the Five College consortium.
  • Students must complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.