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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.

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. For international students whose first language is not English, a score of at least 550 (213 on the computer version) on the TOEFL is required. 

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above 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. 

Course Requirements

  • One of the following: 

ANTH-639 Culture Area Analysis (3) (approved topics) 

HIST-640 Latin American Studies (3) (topics) 

SIS-676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Studies: 

Americas in Comparative Perspective (3) 

SPAN-554 Classics of Latin American Literature (3) (topics) 

  • 12 credit hours from the following or other approved courses 

GOVT-550 Politics in Cuba 

SIS-577 International Relations of the Americas (3) 

SIS-579 Selected Regional and Country Studies (3) (topics) 

SIS-582 United States Policy toward Latin America (3) 

SIS-618 Topics in North American Studies (3) 

SPAN-559 Colloquium on Latin America (3) (topics) 

SPAN-656 Spanish Topics (3) 

SPAN-658 Introduction to Spanish Translation (3) 

SPAN-659 Advanced Spanish Translation (3) 

SPAN-705 Seminar in Spanish and Latin American Studies (3) (topics)