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Certificate in Latin American Studies


Effective Fall 2012

Awareness of Latin American is a must for students interested in pursuing entry-level careers in the foreign service international organizations, or multinational corporations. A Certificate in Latin American Studies allows them to enhance their skills and expertise with a broad knowledge of this primary geographical region. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Binational Center for Research, Education, Leadership, and Public Service (BINC) and the Office of the Registrar.

The rapid growth in relation between the United States and Latin American has created the new for professionals who are able to bridge both cultures. TAMIU's international faculty and the universities location on the US-Mexico border make Certificate in Latin American Studies an especially attractive options for students.

This Certificate in Latin American Studies provides undergraduate students with specialized expertise for a variety of careers in business, government, and public service related to Latin America. It allows integration of an assortment of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of the students. The broad offering of courses allows students to select those most appropriate to complement their major course of studies. This Certificate in Latin American Studies proves useful both in terms of potential career opportunities and contribution to the issues the region faces.


Criteria for Admission and Qualification

The student must:
· have a Junior or Senior standing
· be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
· submit an application for the Latin American Studies program to the Binational Center


Criteria for Receiving the Certificate in Latin American Studies

The student must:
· successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of CLS required classes


Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its context and relevancy for fostering understanding of the Latin American region. It is not an exclusive list. Courses that also offer a regional perspective or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the Binational Center advisor.

College of Arts and Sciences





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A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Scholl of Business



Study abroad in a Latin American Country


Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Latin American Studies should register with the BINC and meet with its faculty advisor if necessary. Students must complete the appropriate form with the BINC as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree.  The BINC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, after graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.



For additional information contact us at:

Texas A&M International University
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