Frequently Asked Questions
Latin American & Caribbean Studies can enhance your perspective on the world, as well as better prepare you for a career in a variety of fields.
Students may choose to pursue a minor or an undergraduate area certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies as they obtain a Bachelors degree in a primary discipline. These programs are designed to offer integrated study opportunities to students planning careers in teaching, research, journalism, government, and business. Some requirements for the minor and certificate are flexible; students interested in either one should plan their coursework in consultation with the Academic Advisor of CLACS.
For more information on the Brazilian Studies Program visit the program's webpage.
The Minor requires:
- 15 credit hours of coursework within the College of Arts and Sciences related to Latin America & Caribbean Studies, including the L210-L211 course sequence. At least 9 of the 15 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.
- The College of Arts and Science foreign language requirement must be fulfilled in Spanish or Portuguese.
- In most cases, courses in a student's major discipline cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor.
- A grade of C or higher is required in any course fulfilling the minor requirements.
The Certificate requires:
- For entrance into the area certificate program, a student shall have at least a B- average or the permission of the Latin American & Caribbean Studies director.
- A total of 24 credit hours in approved Latin American & Caribbean Studies courses, including one seminar on the region and the L210-L211 course sequence . At least 9 of the 24 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.
- Six credit hours in Spanish or Portuguese beyond the College of Arts and Science foreign language requirement. (Oral Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese must be demonstrated.)
- A maximum of 6 credit hours in the student's major may be credited toward the area certificate.
- The overall grade average for coursework fulfilling the certificate requirements must be a B or above.
For more information or to make an appointment for a counseling session, please contact:
Jody Ferguson, Academic Advisor
Office Hours by appointment.