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- Certificate in Ibero-American Studies
Overview: Today's marketplace demands that potential employees be cross-culturally aware and proficient in a second language. The Ibero-American Studies Certificate Program at SLU Madrid is designed for those who seek to enhance their undergraduate degree with a multidisciplinary education on the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world.
This certificate program, offered on Saint Louis University's Madrid campus, allows students to add value to their undergraduate degree with a rich, interdisciplinary education in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. The program goes beyond academic study and places cultural and political issues in a contemporary context. Courses drawn from the fields of history, political science, anthropology, archaeology, economics, philosophy and theology, as well as Spanish literature and Portuguese, enable students to explore the complex dynamics of Ibero-American societies, from the prehistoric era to the present. By living and studying in Madrid and taking part in academic trips to Latin America and different regions of the Iberian Peninsula, students not only study the Ibero-American experience, they also live this experience.
The certificate requires 2 semesters or 1 semester and 1-2 summer sessions at SLU's campus in Madrid, Spain -- the social, political and economic capital of Iberia.
The program culminates in a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning trip to South America, where students interact with local cultures, participate in university seminars, tour historical sights and volunteer in the community.
Curriculum: The certificate in Ibero-American Studies requires a total of six courses in fields such as history, political science, economics, sociology, Spanish and Latin American literature and Portuguese. Courses may be tailored based on a student's interests and career aspirations. Because the certificate is interdisciplinary, students may simultaneously pursue it and their major. (The IAS Certificate also satisfies "remaining hours" requirement of completing a minor or certificate.)
Faculty: Because the Ibero-American Studies faculty hold appointments in a variety of fields, students have a unique opportunity to learn from mentors from a wide-range of academic backgrounds.
Internships: The Madrid campus has a variety of service-learning and internship opportunities available with both local and international organizations in the area. Local staff can help students identify the best opportunities for them, given their availability, interests and future plans.
Careers: With certified expertise in Ibero-America, students will have prepared themselves for a career in a variety of fields, including with government agencies, international development and nonprofit organizations and multinational corporations. Additionally, IAS students are equipped with valuable interpersonal skills for working with the significant percentage of the population in the U.S. whose cultural roots are in Spanish-speaking countries.