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 Bachelor's degree in a primary discipline. These programs are designed to offer integrated regional expertise to students planning careers in teaching, research, journalism, government, business, the non-profit sector, and other areas. View a list of our current undergraduate students on our People webpage.
- 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.
- 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 schedule an advising session, please contact:
Emily Williams, CLACS Undergraduate Academic Advisor at elwill[at]indiana.edu; office hours by appointment.
Allison Yates, a CLACS Undergraduate Certificate student, is a senior majoring in International Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Spanish, with concentrations in Latin America and Human Rights and Social Movements. She is the outreach coordinator for Movement Exchange at IU, the IU chapter of the national organization that aims to work with at-risk youth in Panama through dance and promote cross-cultural understanding. As outreach coordinator, she aims to incorporate the work that the group does in Panama to Bloomington, and has helped organize a Panamanian Dance Workshop and other community events such as dance classes at Boys and Girls Club. She teaches Zumba classes and is also involved in the Human Trafficking Awareness at IU, The Kinsey Institute, Middle Way House, and the International Studies Undergraduate Association. During the 2012-2013 academic year Allison studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she interned with the human rights organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo and became involved in feminist organizing at the University of Buenos Aires. She is currently writing her International Studies Capstone paper on the Argentine National Campaign for Legal, Safe, and Free Abortion and her Spanish honors thesis on Argentine variational pragmatics in service encounters. After graduation, Allison hopes to relocate to Latin America and work in the nonprofit sector, focusing on gender equality and reproductive rights.