Latin American and Latino Studies (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies (LAS CLA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Latin American and Latino Studies​
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/latinamericanstudies

Program Information

The Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) is an interdisciplinary program, involving multiple departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, which provides a specialized concentration focusing on Latin America and Latinos in the United States. This program, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers students a wide range of course options that examine Latin American societies from the perspective of their history, social structure, economic and political structures, literature, art, and culture.

The fifteen-hour program may be completed as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with other graduate programs.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants need to have completed an undergraduate baccalaureate degree granted by a United States institution of higher education or its equivalent in another country. To be accepted into the LALS Graduate Certificate Program, students must meet the standard criteria for general admission to the University of Louisville School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, and supply all standard documentation required for admission.

Students wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program in another University of Louisville department should first apply and be admitted to the degree program before applying for admission to the LALS Graduate Certificate Program. The Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program will interview each student as part of the application process and an Admissions Committee will review applications and decide if a student may be recommended to the LALS Graduate Certificate Program.

Program Requirements

The graduate certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies requires at least 15 hours of graduate-level coursework. Three of the five required courses must be taken at the 600 level or above. Coursework toward the graduate certificate in LALS may also count toward the student's graduate degree. 

Students also must meet a minimum language requirement of three hours of previous coursework in Spanish or Portuguese at the 200 level or above, or demonstrate equivalent language proficiency.

At least one of the following:3
Issues in Latin American and Latino Studies
Special Topics
Seminar in Latin America
Advanced Studies in History
Advanced Topics in Afro-American and African Studies
Four (4) courses with a substantial Latin American content from at least three different disciplines12
These may include the following disciplines but could include others if a course is offered with a substantial Latin American content: Anthropology, Art History, History, Humanities, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, Portuguese, and Spanish, and Women's and Gender Studies. 1, 2
Minimum Total Hours15

A single course may satisfy more than one requirement.