Latin American and Caribbean Studies


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. This certificate, offered through USF's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department, 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. Students can apply up to 12 hours of the credit earned through the certificate to the master's program.

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered on the Tampa campus and features up to three (3) Study Abroad course credits.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA. International students must provide certified proof of a degree equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


15 credit hours. Students must take courses from each of four groups: one from Group A, one from Group B, one from Group C, and two from Group D.

GROUP A -- Graduate LACS course in Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology, or History (LAH)
ANG 5937 - Culture of Mexico and Central America (3)
HIS 6925 - History of Cuba (3)

GROUP B -- Graduate LACS course in Government and International Affairs, Geography, Economics, or Public Health
CPO 5934 - Selected Topics in Comparative Politics: Democracy and New Political Movements (3)
PHC 6934 - Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries (3)
GROUP C -- Graduate LACS course in Humanities, Literature, Religion, or Arts

SPN 5525 - Modern Spanish American Civilization (3)
HUM 6465 - Latin American Arts and Letters since 1942/Age of Revolution (3)
ART 6940 - Survey of Cuban Art (3)
REL 6938 - Religions of Cuba (3)

GROUP D -- Any additional course in Group A, B or C plus:
LIS 5937 - Spanish/Latin American Web Resources (3) and/or
Study Abroad: Mesoamerican Archaeology (3)
Study Abroad: Monteverde/Public Health (3)
Study Abroad: Argentina, Language and Culture (3)



Time Limit

This certificate should be completed within six (6) semesters.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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