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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.


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 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.

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.
  • 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: Fall 2014 Undergraduate Course List


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

Student Spotlight

Brett Hamm is an IU student finishing his undergraduate degree in History and African American/African Diaspora Studies with a Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Brett chose these programs because he found the historical construction and evolution of race very interesting. This field exposed him to the “silenced” history of Haiti. Enraptured by the epic narrative of Haiti, he took the wonderful opportunity to enroll in the Haitian Creole courses offered here at IU (one of the few universities in the country that offer it). He participated in a trip to Haiti with fellow students in his Creole class in the summer of 2013. While initially nervous that cultural shock might overwhelm him (it was his first trip out of the country), Brett reflects upon the trip as the best decision of his life. Since the trip, he has joined the Haitian Studies Association (HSA). He also returned to Haiti to attended HSA's 25th Annual Conference in November of 2013. After graduating this spring, Brett will pursue an MFA in Film Production and a PhD in History. Ultimately he would like to become a professor, as well as produce film surrounding influential events and people that have been “silenced” because they are not the traditional white male historical narrative.