Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies

Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies

General Information

The Afro-Latin American Studies Certificate provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the global, economic, cultural, and historical experiences of all peoples of African descent in the Latin American region. We understand these communities of the African diaspora in Latin America has encompassing both those communities issued from the Transatlantic slave trade and their descendants, and from more recent migration movements unrelated to the slave trade. The Certificate complements students' work in their major fields of study at the undergraduate level while fostering greater understanding of traditionally marginalized topics.

Thanks to the diversity of areas of research interests of the core and affiliate AADS faculty, students will be able to choose courses that focus more specifically on Afro-Latin Americans living in both the region and in other geographic areas where Afro-Latin Americans have migrated to and/or wherein their national governments have been engaged on behalf of national industries.

The Certificate places a strong emphasis on Afro-Latin American cultural expressions in all their national, sub-regional, temporal, and socioeconomic diversities. It offers coordinated insights into the ongoing challenges Afrodescendant communities face locally, nationally, and internationally. It also focuses on the ways in which Afro-Latin American communities and individuals have developed political and creative strategies for survival in the midst of, and resistance to, racism and political, economic, and social oppression.

The Certificate will provide numerous opportunities for enrolled students to explore Afro Latin American populations in economic processes of various kinds, underlining the specific challenges they might face.

To apply for the Afro-Latin American Studies Certificate, please click here! To ensure our office has your application on file and to avoid processing delays, please bring the completed application to the Labor Center room 304 or scan the application and e-mail to Reyni Valerio at valerior@fiu.edu. Once our program director has approved your application, we will submit it to the registrar's office. Thank you.

General Requirements (18 credits)

Students complete 18 credit hours of study from disciplines as diverse as geography, history, international relations, journalism, sociology, anthropology, literature, music and political science. The core requirements are:

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • AFA 4905 African and African Diaspora Studies Theory - 3 credits
  • AFA 4241 The African Diaspora in Latin America - 3 credits

These two required courses should be taken at the start of the Certificate Program. The other 12 credits must come from the list of elective courses, comprising both Arts and Humanities courses, and Social Sciences courses. The program director may approve other courses upon request. Students requesting an exception from these lists must present a syllabus for the course they would like to enroll in, prior to enrollment. The courses considered for such an exception should have at least a 35% Afro-Latin American content. Not all courses are offered every semester.


Arts and Humanities Courses: (3-9 credits)

  • AFA 2004 Black Popular Cultures, Global Dimensions - GL
  • AFA 4931 Special Topics in African and African Diaspora Studies (with relevant course focus)
  • AFA 4351 Hip Hop Culture, Social Consciousness and Social Entrepreneurship
  • AFA 4370 Global Hip Hop - GL
  • AFA 4372 Race, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop - GL
  • AFA 4941 African and African Diaspora Studies Internship (with relevant course focus)
  • ANT 4396 Representations of Africa and Africans in Films
  • ARH 3511 Introduction to the Visual Arts of the African World
  • LAH 2020 Latin American Civilizations
  • LAH 3132 The Formation of Latin America
  • LAH 3200 Latin America: The National Period
  • LAH 4482 Cuba: 18th-20th Centuries
  • LAH 4600 History of Brazil
  • LAH 4737 Music, Modernity and Identity in Latin American History
  • LAH 4XXX Politics of Race and Nation in Brazil
  • WOH 4230 The African Diaspora and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Social Sciences Courses: (3-9 credits)

  • AFS 4265 Latin America and the Caribbean in Africa-South-South Interactions—GL
  • ANT 4396 Representations of Africa and Africans in Films
  • CPO 4394 Race and Politics in the Americas