Certificate in Latin American Business

Overview

Learn about the Latin American business environment, culture and language through this certificate program. The Latin American Business Certificate (LAB) offers Mays students seeking a B.B.A. (accounting, business honors, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management) or B.S. (agribusiness) degree the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Latin American business by studying its history, politics and business models.

The LAB requires 21 credit hours for completion. These courses can be integrated as part of your regular business curriculum. You are encouraged to plan early and often to facilitate integration of certificate requirements within the regular undergraduate program.

Aside from taking the necessary international business courses, earning the LAB certificate requires a Latin American international experience. You will also be required to demonstrate your ability to conduct business transactions in Spanish or Portuguese.

Requirements

International Business Courses: 12 hours
Three of the 12 hours must be in your major; another three hours must be IBUS 456 or an IBUS 489 course that focuses specifically on conducting business in Latin America. Courses must be selected from a list of International Business Courses or taken on a Mays faculty-led or exchange program.

Area Studies: 9 hours
These nine hours of course work are taken outside of Mays and focus on the history, culture, politics and economic policies of Latin America. Scroll down to see a list of acceptable courses.

Latin American Experience: 1 month minimum
A study, exchange, internship or volunteer experience in a Latin American country.

Foreign Language: Students must complete a 10-15 minute discussion about business in Latin America with a Mays faculty member in Spanish or Portuguese. Contact CIBS to schedule this requirement.

Steps to Completion

  1. Plan ahead: You can get started as early as your freshman year. Set up an appointment with the Center for International Business Studies (CIBS) in Wehner 230.
  2. Register carefully: It is important for you to schedule the appropriate classes. You are responsible for completing the required courses and international experience. Need help? Check with your academic advisor.
  3. Complete before graduation: You must complete all requirements of the certificate program prior to graduation. To receive certificate recognition, apply during your graduating semester. The certificate program will be posted to the student transcript upon graduation from Mays Business School.
  4. Submit your application for the certificate here. CIBS will confirm your successful completion of the certificate requirements.

Latin American Area Studies

Courses below can be used to satisfy the non-business international course requirement for the Certificate in Latin American Business. They may also satisfy the international (I), humanities (H) or general (GE) elective requirements in your curriculum program. Check with your academic adviser to verify use of these courses in your degree plan.

  • ANTH 308 Archaeology of Mesoamerica (GE,H)
  • ECON 312 Poverty & Inequality
  • ECON 330 Economic Development
  • GEOG 323 Geography of Latin America (GE,H,I)
  • HIST 304 Mexican-American Frontier to 1848 (GE,H)
  • HIST 305 Mexican-American Frontier 1848 – Present (GE,H)
  • HIST 341 Latin America to 1810 (GE,H)
  • HIST 342 Latin America Since 1810 (GE,H,I)
  • HIST 440 Latin American Cultural and Intellectual History (GE,H,I)
  • HIST 441 History of Mexico, 1821 – Present (GE,H,I)
  • POLS 323 Political Systems of Latin America (GE,I)
  • POLS 362 Latin American Political Thought (GE)
  • SPAN 312 Hispanic Culture and Civilization 18th Century – Present (GE,H,I)
  • SPAN 410 Hispanic Film (GE,H,I)
  • SPAN 411 Contemporary Hispanic Society and Culture (GE,H,I)