Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Rolling Admission. Contact department for additional requirements. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 01635; Academic Program: Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Certificate.


Interim Director: Associate Professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (History/American Culture)

Professors: Behar, Flannery, Frisancho, Kottak, Mannheim, Marcus, Owusu (Anthropology); Vandermeer (Biology); R. Scott (History); Levine (Political Science); Herrero-Olaizola, (Romance Languages and Literatures); Paige, Pedraza (Sociology); Ponce de León (Architecture and Urban Planning); Terrell (Business Administration); De Young, Stein (Music); Perfecto (Natural Resources and Environment); Villarruel (Nursing); Harlow (Public Health)

Associate Professors: MacLatchy (Anthropology); Burnham (Biology); Caulfield (History/Residential College); Johnson, Turits (History/CAAS); Pires (Linguistics); Colás, Ekotto, LaFountain-Stokes, Sanjinés, Satterfield, Verdesio, Williams (Romance Languages and Literatures); Wilson (Music); Lemos, Taylor (Natural Resources and Environment); Diez-Roux (Public Health); Delva (Social Work)

Assistant Professors: Carroll (American Culture); Paley, Roberts (Anthropology); Alberto, Hoffnung-Garskof (History/American Culture); Jenckes, Noemí, Rodríguez Matos (Romance Languages and Literatures); Wherry (Sociology); Padilla (Public Health); Grengs (Urban Planning); Westlake (Music)

Lecturers: Frye (Anthropology); Thompson (Economics); J. Scott (History); Robinson (Sociology)

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Certificate Program

A Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a non-degree credential open to all students admitted to or already enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan. The Certificate is designed to provide students pursuing graduate studies in various fields the opportunity to acquire context-based expertise on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as a formal recognition of this expertise on their U-M transcript. The Certificate allows students to pursue their studies of this important world area in an interdisciplinary fashion at the same time that they gain an appreciation of Latin American and Caribbean Studies as a field with an established intellectual history.

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Certificate Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Admission: Any student with a bachelor's degree who has been admitted or is currently enrolled in a doctoral program or professional school master's program at the University of Michigan will be eligible to apply for a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Applicants will be asked to submit a transcript, a letter of support from their faculty advisor, a list of proposed courses that will fulfill the Certificate requirements, and a statement of purpose explaining their interest in the Certificate Program and their background in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Specific Course Requirements: The graduate certificate program is a flexible grouping of courses across at least three disciplinary fields. The course list must include at least 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level courses in a minimum of three different departments or schools, or 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level courses in a minimum of two departments or schools outside the primary field of study, and an additional non-credit activity (such as an internship, practicum, research, professional project or similar experience) equivalent to at least a three-credit hour course. Up to six of the 9 or 12 credit hours may include courses that are required for the student's graduate or professional degree. Up to four of the 9 or 12 credit hours may consist of graduate-level language instruction, such as that offered in the LACS Quechua series.

Note: The elective credits chosen from among classes offered by other units must be pre-approved by the student's Latin American and Caribbean Studies advisor.

Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or another language of Latin America or the Caribbean, such as Quechua, before obtaining the certificate.


University of Michigan
3624 School of Social Work Building
1080 S University Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Phone: (734) 763-0553
Fax: (734) 615-8880


The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Latin Amer & Caribbean Stu (Subject Code: LACS)
400/HISTORY 578/AAS 478.  Eth Cul L Am.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAS 202  (3 credits)

421/HISTORY 421/RELIGION 421/AAS 421.  Afdiaspora Religions.  (3 credits)

425.  Field Study.  (1 to 4 credits)

430/RELIGION 490/AAS 499.  Race in Brazil.  Advisory pre-requisite: Some Portuguese is helpful.  (3 credits)

446/LING 446.  Comparative Ling.  Advisory pre-requisite: At least one course in Linguistics/language analysis  (3 credits)

456/LING 456.  Topics Comp Ling.  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in LING 446  (1 credits)

461.  Elem Nahuatl I.  (4 credits)

462.  Elem Nahuatl II.  (4 credits)

463.  Inter Nahuatl I.  (4 credits)

464.  Inter Nahuatl II.  (4 credits)

465.  Adv Nahuatl I.  (4 credits)

466.  Adv Nahuatl II.  (4 credits)

471.  Elem Quechua I.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (4 credits)

472.  Elem Quechua I I.  (4 credits)

473.  Interm Quechua I.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (4 credits)

474.  Interm Quechua I I.  (4 credits)

475.  Adv Quechua I.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (4 credits)

476.  Adv Quechua I I.  (4 credits)

483/HISTORY 473/AAS 473.  Brazil: Hist & Cult.  (3 credits)

499.  Independent Study.  (1 to 3 credits)

590.  LACS Mini-Course.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 to 2 credits)

601/STDABRD 601.  Supervise Gr Std.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

618/HISTORY 618/ANTHRCUL 618.  Erly Ethn S Am.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

619/HISTORY 617/ANTHRCUL 619.  Prosem Latcar.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

655.  Topics in Lat Am St.  (2 to 3 credits)

692/HISTORY 692.  Colnl Soc Am.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

798.  Span-Am Paleography.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

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