Graduate Certificate

Details: Admission Criteria | Minor Requirements | Course Requirements

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor' degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with approval of the program coordinator.

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  • 18 credit hours of approved courses:
    • One 3 credit core course with a minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.
    • Fifteen additional credit hours in North American-related course work, including study abroad in Canada or Mexico and/or an approved internship, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses are required.
  • 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.
  • A minimum of two years of Spanish or French language courses at the post-secondary level with grades of B or better, or a level of communication competency equivalent to the entry level for third-year conversation and composition, as demonstrated by a placement score of 421 points in French or 440 points in Spanish on the Computer Assisted Proficiency Exam (CAPE) administered by the Language Resource Center in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies (LFS).
  • Preparation of a significant research paper as part of one of the core courses or as a reflection on study abroad or approved internship
  • Approved study abroad in Canada or Mexico or an internship with a North American focus

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Course Requirements

Core courses (3 credit hours):

  • SIS-618 Topics in North America Studies: North America: A Union, a Community, or Just Three Nations? (3) or
  • A Summer Institute or other approved general course on North America

North American-related issues courses (6 credit hours):

  • ECON-658 Economics of the World Regions: North America (3)
  • SIS-513 Computer Applications in International Relations Research (3)
    (focus on North America )
  • SIS-676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Study: North American Social Movements (3)

Additional North American courses (9 credit hours):

  • ECON-619 United States Economic History (3)
  • FREN-626 French Topics: Civilisation, Littérature, et Cinéma du Québec (3)
  • SPAN-656 Spanish Topics: Mexico-U.S. Border (3)
  • SIS-618 Topics in North American Studies: Politics and Institutions of International Trade (3)
  • Approved internship or courses taken at selected universities in Canada and Mexico with the program coordinator’s approval
  • Special courses taught by CNAS Senior Fellows with the program coordinator’s approval
    • SIS 496/618 and GOVT 396/696 Topics in North American Studies: Mexico in the Age of NAFTA (3)
    • SPAN 356/656 Spanish Topics: Mexican-U.S. Border
    • SPAN 356/656 Spanish Topics: Commercial Relations
    • SIS 296 Selected Topics: Breakfast in the Americas
    • SIS 676 Selected Topics in Cross-National Study: The Americas in Comparative Perspective

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