May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Graduate Certificate

Department: Dean’s Office

The University of South Florida’s international programs educate and train students to prepare them for positions in the changing global economy, culture and polity. The Latin American and Caribbean region is just “next door.” It is also the United States’ most important import and export market, surpassing trade flows with the European Union. In addition, it is an area of enormous cultural and ecological diversity and cultural creativity. The need to understand this rapidly changing and expanding area of the “other” America is fundamental for those who are interested in conducting business in the region, who are involved with security issues, or who wish to engage in artistic contemplation.
The Graduate Certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies provides students with the opportunity to benefit from lectures by distinguished writers and scholars and to travel to various locations under the Study Abroad credit course.

Graduate Certificate Admissions and Process

Students must apply and be admitted into the Graduate Certificate to be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Certificate Director prior to applying. 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. University Admission Requirements, including English Proficiency    
  2. Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements    

Curriculum Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

Students will be required to take six (6) credits from each of the two areas (social science and humanities).


  • The humanities courses will include all LACS courses from humanities and cultural studies, world languages, literature (including the English department), religion, the College of the Arts, and history, as well as select courses from Africana Studies and Women’s Studies and some LAS courses which are offered through ISLAC.

Social Sciences:

  • The social science courses will include all LACS courses from SIGS, Sociology, Geography, the College of Education, the College of Public Health, select courses from Women’s Studies and Africana Studies, and some LAS courses which are offered from ISLAC.

Learning Assessment - Student must submit a 4 - 6 page reflective essay.

Graduate Certificate Time Limit

Five (5) Years.

Graduate Certificate Completion

For procedures to confirm completion of the Graduate Certificate, please refer to the website.