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Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (Graduate Certificate)

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Graduate Students at the University of Kentucky have the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies. This Certificate is directed primarily at graduate students whose intended academic and/or professional careers in research, teaching, and public or private sectors incorporate a focus on the geographical and cultural region of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the populations of Latin American and Caribbean descent living in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. This Certificate will also prepare a wide range of professionals interested in enhancing their career profile with greater knowledge about Latin America and the Latino communities in the United States.

To apply:

a)     A completed Certificate Application Form. Please click here for further instructions on applying to the LACLS Graduate Certificate. You will need letter of support from your advisor affirming that you are progressing well toward your degree.

b)    Language Proficiency: Proficiency in a language spoken in Latin America is not required to complete the certificate. However, students who demonstrate adequate proficiency to read, converse, and conduct research in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, or a Native Language of Latin America will have priority to be accepted into the program.  Students may prove their proficiency by taking an Oral Interview with a Professor at the University of Kentucky who is a specialist or native in that language.

The following students do not need to show proof of their proficiency:

  • Graduate students in the Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Native speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, languages spoken in the Caribbean, or a Native language of Latin America.


To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies, the student must successfully complete four courses amounting to 12 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. It is required to take four courses including:

a)      LAS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies: This is a required course for the Certificate. A topical seminar coordinated by an LACLAS affiliated faculty member that examines an issue of current scholarly interest from multiple disciplinary and theoretical perspectives.  The Interdisciplinary Seminar features guest appearances in the classroom by LACLS affiliated faculty and is conjoined with the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies Interdisciplinary Forum featuring public lectures by LACLS affiliated faculty and invited speakers. LAS 601 is normally offered only in the spring semester. For 2018 it will be taught by Dr. Francie Chassen-Lopez, T 5:00-7:30

b)     Three elective three-credit-hour courses, two of which must be taken in two departments different from the student’s home department. Courses fulfilling the requirement must be taught by affiliate faculty or visiting professors that are experts on Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino populations. Courses may include those specifically designated by the LACLS program, topical seminars with a principal focus on a Latin American, Caribbean, or Latino topic, or other courses with content focusing on the region as defined above. Here are the courses being taught in Fall 2018


  • SPA 705: Language Contact in the Spanish Speaking World, Haralambos Symeonidis, M 3:30-6:00
  • SPA 690 Studies in Spanish and/or Latin American Film, MAtt Losada, W 4:30-7:00
  • HIS 562: History of Modern Mexico, Dr. Francie Chassen-Lopez, on TR 2:00-3:15 
  • PS 439g:  Spec Tops in Ir: Us-latin Amer Relations, Horace Bartilow, TR 2-3:15.

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 22

Spring: December 9

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.