Latin American Studies
The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) focuses on the history, politics, social organization, economy, geography, music, religion, art, and literature of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. LASP involves faculty from a wide range of disciplines. The program brings guest experts on Latin America to campus and sponsors numerous activities.
A student may earn the certificate or the minor in Latin American Studies, but not both. Either program will help you prepare for graduate study and for careers in Latin America–related businesses, communications, government, bilingual and bicultural education, teaching, community organizing, and international work.
Latin American Studies Certificate
The certificate is open to undergraduate students, except those who are earning a major in international studies with an emphasis in Latin American studies. It also is open to individuals who hold University of Iowa bachelor's degrees and are not enrolled in graduate or professional programs. Review Latin American Studies in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements.
Latin American Studies Minor
The Latin American Studies minor is interdisciplinary. Review Latin American Studies in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements.
Study abroad courses may be counted toward requirements for the certificate and the minor with prior approval by the LASP director. In cooperation with the Office for Study Abroad, LASP faculty members facilitate student participation in programs in many different Latin American countries. Programs range from intensive language study to group programs with a special focus.
Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.