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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 2022:

  • HIS 562: Modern Mexico, TR 2:00-3:15, Francie Chassen-Lopez
  • SPA 685: Studies in US Hispanic Literature and Culture, W 4:30-7:00 pm, Dierdra Reber
  • SPA 770: Introduction to Hispanic Studies, T 3:30-6:00, Moises Castillo

To apply for the LAS graduate certificate:

Beginning October 2022:

In order to receive the Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Graduate Certificate, each student must submit an application to the graduate college through the '' interface.

Your progress to the LACLS certificate will be administered through the audit process, see below. IF YOU REQUIRE A COURSE SUBSTITUTION TO COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE LACLS CERTIFICATE DIRECTOR.

Follow the steps below to apply for the LACLS Graduate Certificate.     

1) All students apply for certificate in MyUK. (Same process as when students apply for degrees -- see the attached document) 

  • Click on Student Services /myRecords / Graduate Degree Application


2) The UK audit system will be used to certify graduate certificates. Audits may be accessed MyUK. If you have questions, please contact the LACLS certificate director

3) If you require exceptions and/or substitutions please contact the certificate director

Language proficiency is not required for a LACLS Graduate Certificate