Graduate Certificate in The Americas
A certificate awarded by American University's School of International Service is a symbol of professional achievement widely recognized by international organizations, non-profit agencies, corporate and government employers. SIS graduate certificates are credit programs designed for individuals who want an advanced academic credential without necessarily enrolling in a degree program.
Classes are offered every spring, summer, and fall. The certificate program requires 15 hours of approved graduate level course work. Up to 12 of the certificate credits are transferable to a master's degree program for which you will have laid a strong foundation.
Offered by the School of International Service.
Admission to the Program
Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose.
Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a U.S.-accredited institution before enrollment at SIS. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.
- 15 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at or above the 600-level with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit
Core (3 credit hours)
Complete 3 credit hours from the following:
- ANTH-639 Culture, History, Power, Place (3) 3 (approved topics)
- HIST-640 Latin American Studies (3) 3 (topics)
- SIS-676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies (3) 3 : Americas in Comparative Perspective
- SPAN-554 Classics of Latin American Literature (3) 3 (topics)
Electives (12 credit hours)
Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other approved courses:
- SIS-577 International Relations in the Americas (3) 3
- SIS-579 Selected Regional and Country Studies (3) 3 (topics)
- SIS-582 United States Policy towards Latin America (3) 3
- SIS-618 Topics in North American Studies (3) 3
- SPAN-559 Colloquium on Latin America (3) 3 (topics)
- SPAN-656 Spanish Topics (3) 3
- SPAN-658 Introduction to Spanish Translation (3) 3
- SPAN-659 Advanced Spanish Translation (3) 3
- SPAN-705 Seminar in Spanish and Latin American Studies (3) 3 (topics)