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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

Sarah Tekolste

Sarah TeKolste is an undergraduate senior pursuing majors in Spanish and Theatre & Drama as well as a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her specific research interests include bilingual education and theatre as a pedagogical tool for language acquisition. A Wells Scholar and a Founders Scholar, Sarah spent the 2013-2014 academic year studying at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. An aspiring language educator, Sarah has taught at Enlace Academy in Indianapolis, San Jerónimo Bilingual School in Honduras, and Community Education Center El Nahual in Guatemala. Next year, she will be teaching secondary Spanish in Indianapolis through Teach For America and pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University. On campus, she is the Production Manager for the student theatre organization, University Players.