A graduate certificate in Latin American Studies may be earned by students pursuing any masters or doctoral program at the University of Florida, or as a stand-alone certificate.


  • 3 credit hours of a LAS 6938 Graduate Seminar in Latin American Studies.
  • 9 credit hours of coursework related to Latin America, selected from at least two different academic programs. At least 3 credits must be from core LAS courses, up to 6 credits may be in LAS electives. 
  • Demonstrate intermediate-high proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole by passing an oral exam or completing a language course at the 3000 level or higher.
  • Complete a graduate project (e.g. dissertation, thesis, internship, practicum) related to Latin America. In lieu of a graduate project, a student may complete an additional 3 credits of Latin America-related coursework.

A list of core and elective classes related to Latin American Studies is available online.

Registration and Advising

To register for your LAS certificate, please follow the steps outlined here: LAS Certificate Registration.

The Center's Associate Director for Academic Programs Dr. Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo provides advising for the Graduate Certificate Program. Program Assistant for Academic Affairs Wanda Carter maintains the records, which students should update annually.

Ms. Wanda Carter
316 Grinter Hall
Phone: 352-273-4709
Email: wcarter@latam.ufl.edu 

Dr. Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo
319F Grinter Hall
Phone: 352-273-4742
E-mail: casuarez@latam.ufl.edu