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.

Fall 2021

LAS:2700 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
ANTH:3111 - Health in Mexico
DANC:1150 - Brazilian Culture and Carnival
HIST:3508 - Disease and Health in Latin America
MUS:2311 - Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
SPAN:2200 - Introduction to Spanish American Cultures
SPAN:3310 - Spanish American Short Story
SPAN:4390 - Topics in Spanish American Literature: Narrative, 1950-1990