Latin American and Latino Studies (CERT)

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 Graduate School, 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.

Potential students should complete an online application for graduate programs at the University of Louisville.

Program Requirements

The graduate certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies requires at least 15 credit hours of graduate level coursework. Three of the five required courses must be taken at the 600 level. 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 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

Students may not apply 500-level courses taken for undergraduate credit to the LALS graduate certificate.


 Substitutions may be made at the discretion of the Director of Latin American and Latino Studies. Additional courses with substantial Latin American content, which are not listed below, may also be taken to fulfill the requirements for the LALS Graduate Certificate. This list is updated regularly on the LALS website