LAS Graduate Certificate

Latin American, Caribbean, Latino/a Studies Program      

Graduate Certificate

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, the Caribbean, and the populations of Latin American and Caribbean descent living in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. It provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge to connect Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino topics to their research agendas. It is pursued concurrently with the regular M.A and Ph.D. degree programs of participating departments. 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. The four courses include:

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 a LACLS 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. LAS 601 is normally offered only in the spring semester. 

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 2020:


HIS 563: Women in Latin America, Dr. F. R. Chassen-López, TR 2-3:15 pm   

SPA 685: Studies in US Hispanic Literature and Culture, M 3:30-6:00 pm, Arcelia Gutierrez Velasco

SPA 770: Introduction to Hispanic Studies, T 3:30-6:00, Moises Castillo



To apply:

a)     Click here to download a form to be filled in and sent to the LACLS director.

b)    Follow the six steps below to apply for the  LACLS Graduate Certificate. You will need a letter of support from your advisor affirming that you are progressing well toward your degree

        1. go to this link:

        2. Click on the “Create Account” tab to the right.

        3. You will need to create a new profile using a different email address than the one used to apply to your graduate program when you were initially admitted to the University of Kentucky.

        4. Once you have made your new profile with an alternate email address than the one you previously used, you will select the “Start Application” button. This will lead you through the steps of applying for the certificate program. Please make sure to have an unofficial copy of your UKY transcript that you can upload to the application when you are asked for a transcript of your previous coursework.

        5. UK students do not need to pay an application fee. 

        6. Submit your application.

Language proficiency is not required