The undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 18 s.h. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program (except those earning an undergraduate major in international studies with an emphasis in Latin American studies).

A student may earn the certificate or the minor in Latin American studies, but not both.

The 18 s.h. required for the certificate must be earned in Latin American Studies Program (LASP) approved courses (see "Associated Courses" and "Latin American Studies Courses" under Courses in this section of the Catalog), including at least 12 s.h. of credit earned at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in certificate courses.

All students develop an individual certificate plan of study in close cooperation with a LASP advisor. They may count a total of 6 s.h. of credit earned for majors, minors, and other certificates toward the Certificate in Latin American Studies. In some cases, students may be able to count certificate courses toward certain GE CLAS Core requirements.

The Certificate in Latin American Studies requires the following course work.

LAS:2700Introduction to Latin American Studies3
LAS:4700Latin American Studies Seminar3
Spanish and Portuguese Courses 6
Additional Courses (excluding Spanish or Portuguese courses)6
Total Hours18

Students who complete the required 6 s.h. of Spanish and Portuguese course work at the University of Iowa must choose courses from the "Associated Courses" list under Courses in this section of the Catalog. Students also may use 6 s.h. of Spanish or Portuguese language study at any level if those hours are earned through an approved study abroad program in Latin America. Contact the Latin American Studies Program for prior approval of a study abroad program. 

The required 6 s.h. of additional courses also must be chosen from the "Associated Courses" and "Latin American Studies Courses" lists under Courses in this section of the Catalog. They may not include Spanish or Portuguese courses (prefix PORT or SPAN).

Study Abroad

The program highly recommends study abroad in Latin America. Students must have prior approval to apply credit from a study abroad program toward the certificate requirements; contact the Latin American Studies Program.