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Ph.D. Minor/Certificate


Ph.D. students pursuing a Minor or Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies have the ability to design their plan of study, in conjunction with the CLACS Director, by utilizing the vast knowledge of CLACS affiliated faculty in diverse courses on the region.

General Info | Ph.D. Minor | Ph.D. Certificate | Funding Opportunities


General Information

For Ph.D. students interested in declaring a Ph.D. minor or certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, please enroll in the L501 seminar (offered every fall) or schedule an advising appointment (see below).

Advising

To schedule an advising session to discuss the Ph.D. minor or certificate, please e-mail the CLACS Director, Anke Birkenmaier (abirkenm[at]indiana.edu).

Courses

Please see the courses page for more information about specific courses.


Ph.D. Minor

Course Requirements

  • A total of 12 credit hours including:
    • The interdisciplinary seminar LTAM-L501
    • 9 credit hours related to Latin America or the Caribbean from the CLACS Course List. Alternatively, students can fill out the Course Approval Form to request approval to count other courses not on the list towards their CLACS minor.
  • No courses from the student’s Ph.D. degree can double count for the minor. Courses below the 500 level may not be applied to the Ph.D. minor.

Grades

If a grade point average of at least 3.7 is maintained, no examination will be required. Otherwise, the director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies may stipulate that the student take a written examination.


Ph.D. Area Certificate

Course Requirements

  • A total of 18 credit hours with Latin American and/or Caribbean emphasis, including:
    • The interdisciplinary seminar LTAM-L501
    • 15 credit hours (at the 500 level or above) related to Latin America or the Caribbean from the CLACS Course List. Alternatively, students can fill out the Course Approval Form to request approval to count other courses not on the list towards their CLACS certificate. Six of these credits can be within the student's home department, as long as they contain Latin American and/or Caribbean content and have been approved by the CLACS Director.

Grades

A minimum grade of B (3.0) is required in each course that is to count toward certificate requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement

Reading proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Maya, or Quechua must be demonstrated through one of the following methods: by passing a proficiency examination by one of IU's foreign language departments, earning a grade of B (3.0) or better in a graduate readings course in the language, or by passing a reading examination prepared by CLACS (for Haitian Creole, Maya, or Quechua only).

Dissertation Topic

A dissertation on a Latin American or Caribbean topic is required.


Funding Opportunities

View our funding page for opportunties available to Ph.D. minor and certificate students and sign up for our weekly newsletter for other notices of funding possibilities. Ph.D. minor/certificate students are encouraged to inform CLACS of the need for funding, as from time to time, other funding opportunities through CLACS may become available.