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.
Matthew Cesnik is senior who, in addition to a CLACS certificate, is pursuing a major in History with a concentration on Latin America, a certificate in business management, and a minor in Spanish. This past spring, Matthew spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he took courses at both the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales and the Universidad de Buenos Aires- Facultad de Ciencias Sociales. Inspired by his time there, he is currently writing an honors history thesis focusing on the relationship between the state’s role in public education and changing attitudes towards national identity in early to mid-20th century Argentina. On a more broad scale, Matthew is interested in the development of national identities in multiethnic, postcolonial societies, particularly in how said states balance demands for cultural autonomy with those for national unification. He is in the process of applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa beginning in January 2015.