Social & Public Policy Certificate

Social & Public Policy Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy is a multidisciplinary program of study designed to train future leaders, public officials, and analysts capable of designing social and public programs that meet the needs of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy:

■  Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese or an Amerindian language of the region -- Ordinarily interpreted as a level of language proficiency equivalent to three years of college work. The student should be able to carry out research in the field and to easily converse with native speakers. Proficiency may have been attained through class work or informal education. Proficiency will be determined through an exam conducted by a faculty member of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures or Linguistics.

■  Three (3) courses in the student's major department and Three (3) courses in at least two departments or schools outside the student's major -- The Latin American Social and Public Policy Certificate Program requires students to complete six Latin American area studies courses in social and public policy. Two of these courses should be from the student's major department or school and four courses from at least two departments­/schools other than that in which the student is receiving the advanced degree. Course work for the Latin American Social and Public Policy Certificate will normally involve a focus on particular areas of social and public policy. These areas can be designed by the student in consultation with his or her academic advisor.

■  Interdisciplinary Research Paper in the Field of Latin American Social and Public Policy -- The research paper should show interdisciplinary competence in the field of Latin American Studies; it should not be a narrow essay, circumscribed in scope to the limits of the candidate's major. Therefore, a candidate for the certificate is encouraged to write the research paper towards the end of his/her coursework—after some Latin American courses outside the major department have been completed. The master's thesis or a carefully designed research paper may serve as the certificate paper. The paper must be interdisciplinary, focus on a Latin American topic, and reflect good quality analytical research.

■  Receipt of Degree -- The graduate certificate in Latin American Studies will be awarded only after successful completion of the above-stated requirements and only after completion of all requirements for the master's degree or successful performance on the preliminary examinations for the doctorate.