Latin American Studies Certificate

Courses approved for LASP

The certificate in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 24 s.h. earned in LASP-approved courses. At least 12 s.h. of credit for the certificate must be earned in University of Iowa courses. Students must maintain a G.P.A. of at least 2.00 in the certificate.

The certificate is open to current undergraduate students, except those who are earning a major in International Studies with a track in Latin American studies. It also is open to individuals who hold bachelor's degrees and are not enrolled in graduate or professional programs. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.  A student may earn the certificate or the minor in Latin American studies, but not both.

All students develop an individual certificate plan of study in close cooperation with a Latin American studies advisor. They may count a maximum of 12 s.h. of credit earned for their major, a minor, or another certificate toward the certificate in Latin American Studies. In some cases, they may be able to count certificate courses toward certain General Education Program requirements.


The certificate in Latin American Studies requires the following 24 s.h. of course work:

LAS: 2700  Introduction to Latin American Studies  3 s.h.
LAS: 4700  Latin American Studies Seminar  3 s.h.
Spanish and Portuguese courses  6 s.h.
Additional courses  12 s.h.

The required Spanish and Portuguese courses (6 s.h.) must be chosen from the list Courses Approved for LASP.

The required additional courses (12 s.h.) must be chosen from the list under Courses Approved for LASP. They must include courses from at least two different departments, and they may include a maximum of one (3 s.h.) additional course in Spanish or Portuguese.