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, bilingual and bicultural education, teaching, communications, government, 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 a track in Latin American studies or a minor in Latin American studies, and to all individuals not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. The certificate is awarded with or without an earned undergraduate degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major. 

Students not affiliated with the University of Iowa who want to earn the certificate without a degree should apply to UI as a "non-degree-seeking student."

Review Latin American Studies in the UI General Catalog for details about admission and course requirements.

Latin American Studies Minor

The Latin American Studies minor is interdisciplinary, so it may include a maximum of 6 s.h. of credit from any single department or program. Review Latin American Studies in the UI General Catalog to learn about admission and course requirements.

Course Work

All students develop an individual certificate plan of study with the LASP academic adviser. 

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.

Study abroad courses may be counted toward requirements for the certificate and the minor with prior approval by the LASP director. 

Application Process

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This certificate is open to undergraduate students, except those earning a major in international studies with a track in Latin American studies or a minor in Latin American studies, and to all individuals not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.

Students not affiliated with the University of Iowa who want to earn the certificate without a degree should apply to UI as a "non-degree-seeking student."

Information

Certificate(s)
Latin American Studies
Minor(s)
Latin American Studies