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Advanced Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies


This innovative program provides an opportunity for Fordham PhD students in any discipline to gain expertise (primarily for teaching purposes) in Latin American and Latino Studies. It also offers an opportunity for professionals in fields such as business, education and the arts to be immersed in the cultures and groundbreaking scholarship in the field of Latin American and Latino Studies. In the 21st century, it is impossible to discuss Latin America and Latinos in the United States as discrete and separate cultures without taking into account the myriad interactions between both groups. As the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States, Latinos are part of a shifting and global cultural and economic cosmos.

Fordham's top-notch faculty, internationally known for contributions to the field of Latin American and Latino Studies, will conduct graduate seminars and introduce students to the field's cutting-edge research and most influential thinkers.


The certificate program consists of three graduate-level courses: an interdisciplinary course LALS 5001 which introduces students to the major themes and debates in the field;  and two LALS cross-listed courses: a course on the history of Latin America or Latinos in the U.S.; and an elective course on Latin American or Latino arts and humanities or social sciences. Students will select the courses best suited to their goals under the guidance of faculty advisors.

A typical program would include:
  •   LALS 5001 Latin American and Latino Cultures (which features guest lectures across the disciplines on art, literature and history of Latinos in the U.S. and Latin Americans).
  •   A history course such as HIST 5908 Brazil and the World
  •   A sociology course such as SOCI 5608 Race and Ethnicity in the Media or a political science course such as "Political Economy of Development." Generally, students will complete the program by taking two courses in the summer and one during the regular school year.
LALSI courses come from a variety of disciplines. Because of this, course offerings will vary from semester to semester. Below is a sampling of current and past certificate courses.

What are the advantages of this certificate? Doctoral students in history, political science, sociology and anthropology, education, business, jurisprudence will benefit from this certificate, which will enable them to teach survey courses in a field of growing interest - Latin American and Latino Studies - enhancing their chances in the job market. A certificate of this nature is also a stepping-stone in the career advancement of teachers in both public and private schools, and professionals in fields such as international finance and marketing.

Why Fordham? This interdisciplinary program draws on the expertise of faculty from the departments of history, economics, sociology and anthropology, political science, modern languages, African and African-American studies, art and music history and theology. The University benefits from the school's interface with New York City and the region's links to Latin America and growing Latino population. This program is unique in its integration of Latin American and Latino issues.

Admitted students will have to demonstrate reading competence in Spanish, Portuguese or French upon graduation.

For descriptions of recent courses please visit Fordham's Online Course Catalog or review on program website.

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