The undergraduate Certificate in Latin American studies (LAS) requires a minimum of 18 s.h., including at least 12 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa. Students must earn a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all certificate coursework.

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. However, a student earning the certificate in Latin American studies may not earn the minor in Latin American studies and may not earn an undergraduate major in international studies with the Latin American studies track.

All students develop an individual certificate plan of study in close cooperation with a LAS advisor. In some cases, students may be able to count certificate courses toward certain GE CLAS Core requirements.

To request approval of a course for the LAS certificate which is not currently on the approved list, students can submit an online course petition.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Certificate in Latin American studies, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Required LAS Courses (LAS:2700 and LAS:4700) 6
Spanish and Portuguese Courses 6
Additional Courses (excluding Spanish or Portuguese courses) 6
Total Hours 18

Available Courses by Semester

The availability of courses that satisfy requirements for the certificate may change from semester to semester. In order to make it easier for interested students to find these courses, included below is a list of available courses by semester.

fa22 LASP course list

Fall 2022

DANC:1150  Brazilian Culture and Carnival
HIST:1016    The History That Made Our World -- Latin American Food History
HIST:3508    Disease and Health in Latin America
LAS:2700     Introduction to Latin American Studies
MUS:2311    Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
POLI:3104   Immigration Politics
SPAN:2500  Readings in Spanish American Literature
SPAN:3060  Introductory Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish
SPAN:3290  Topics in Cinema and Society -- Chile
SPAN:3310  Spanish American Short Story
SPAN:3350  Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPAN:4330  Colonial Spanish American Literature -- Sor Juana, Her Contemporaries, and Her Legacy

Spring 2022

COMM:4157 Community Media
DANC:2150  Brazilian Social Dance: The Samba
HIST:3501    Rebel Island: A History of Cuba
LAS:4700     Latin American Studies Seminar: Buenos Aires and the Arts
MUS:3163    Intermediate Steel Band
SPAN:2500   Readings in Spanish American Literature
SPAN:3060   Intro Workshop on Creative Writing in Spanish
SPAN:3225   Latin American Women Writers
SPAN:4390  Topics in Spanish American Literature: History and Literature of Cuba