Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 5

Course Requirements:

Students must take five letter-graded (A, B, C) courses authorized for Graduate School credit. Note that the Graduate School allows students to count courses toward both a certificate and degree.

Courses must be distributed across the following three disciplinary areas. No more than two courses from any area may count toward the certificate. The disciplinary areas are intended to extend the student’s expertise into different disciplines and fields and are as follows:

  • Area I Arts and Literature (e.g., Art History, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Area II Historical Studies (e.g., African American Studies, History, Religious Studies)
  • Area III Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology)

For example, a student from Spanish and Portuguese seeking a certificate may propose the following distribution across the disciplinary areas:

  • SPANPORT 425-0 Studies in Contemporary Literatures & Cultures Exile and Diaspora in Caribbean Literature and Film (Area I)
  • SPANPORT 455-0 Comparative Studies in Latin American and/or Iberian Literature & Cultures Brazilian Literature and Anthropology (Area I)
  • HISTORY 492-0 Topics in HistoryThe Caribbean in World History (Area II)
  • BLK_ST 480-0 Graduate Topics in African American StudiesAfro-Latin America (Area II)
  • ANTHRO 490-0 Topics in AnthropologyThe Global Life of Things (Area III)

Other Certificate Requirements:

  • Students must meet a language requirement. Students must have fluency in the language most appropriate to their course of study, and have functional competence in at least one of the region's other languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, or any of the region's autochthonous languages. Language competence can be certified by any of the regularly scheduled language exams offered by Northwestern's foreign language departments, or by coursework in the appropriate language.