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Undergraduate


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.

Requirements

Minor Requirements

  • 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, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Yucatec Maya or Inga Quechua.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours in a student's major may be credited toward the minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Any course in which the student receives a grade below C– may not be used to fulfill a minor requirement.

Certificate 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. Any course in which the student earns a grade below C– may not be used to fulfill a certificate requirement.
  • 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.
Course Offerings

Please see the CLACS courses page for more information about specific courses. A PDF listing of upcoming courses is also available here: Spring 2015 Undergraduate Course List

Advising

For more information or to schedule an advising session, please contact:
Jennifer Ashcraft, CLACS Undergraduate Academic Advisor at jeashcra@indiana.edu; office hours by appointment.

Student Spotlight

Tori Collins

Tori Collins is a current undergraduate sophomore working toward a CLACS certificate. She also is pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Spanish. Her specific interests in CLACS include Latin American indigenous languages and dialects of Spanish, especially in the Andean regions. As a result, she focuses on Spanish Linguistics and she is taking Quechua classes. She hopes to study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year in Lima, Peru so that she can enhance her Spanish and Quechua fluency. Tori's work with the IU Groups Scholar's Program and the Balfour Scholar's Program have inspired her to apply to graduate school to pursue a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her research interests in Higher Education include Latino and Latin American education.