Latin American Studies Certificate

Latin American Studies Certificate

Program Description

The Latin American Studies Certificate is for those who wish to enrich their understanding and appreciation of Latin American history, society, language and culture. This program is appropriate for students who strive to be professionals in an increasingly diverse society and for individuals entering or currently employed in positions in education, business, criminal justice, and other occupations where an understanding of Hispanic culture is critical towards one’s efficacy in the workplace. Students will study the cultural, historical, political, economic, religious, and social realities of Mexico, Central, and South America to gain a better understanding of the Hispanic impact on the United States and the growing Latino population in Minnesota.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:
• Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of cultural values, norms and traditions per specific world language, and basic understanding that these differences have an impact on group relationships and interactions;
• Demonstrate appropriate class level receptive and/or written world language skills; and
• Demonstrate appropriate cultural rules of interaction when conversing in the target language.

Career Opportunities

The Latin American Studies Certificate is for those who wish to enrich their understanding and appreciation of Latin American history, society, language and culture. This program is appropriate for students who strive to be professionals in an increasingly diverse society and for individuals entering or currently employed in positions in education, business, criminal justice, and other occupations where an understanding of Hispanic culture is critical towards one’s efficacy in the workplace. Students will study the cultural, historical, political, economic, religious, and social realities of Mexico, Central, and South America to gain a better understanding of the Hispanic impact on the United States and the growing Latino population in Minnesota. The program includes broad regional, cultural, and language training appropriate for further academic work or careers in business, education, government, and healthcare. The certificate also will enhance a liberal arts education in fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, world languages, economics, global health, and environmental science.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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Program Course Requirements

SPAN 1402    Beginning Spanish II…………………………………. 4 cr
SPAN 2401    Intermediate Spanish I…………………………….. 4 cr
SPAN 2404    Intermediate Spanish II……………………………. 4 cr
SPAN 2420    Many Faces of Mexico……………………………… 3 cr
SPAN 2425    Cultures of Latin America………………………… 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 18 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

Tracey Kloeckl-Jimenez

Tracey Kloeckl-Jimenez

Spanish Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8183
Brainerd E412
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