Minors & Certificates

Latin American Studies

What is Latin American Studies?

The Latin American Studies certificate program is an interdisciplinary program that explores the language, culture, economics, history, geography and politics of Latin America.

Students need to be genuinely interested in Latin America, willing to travel in the area and willing to gain full or partial command of Spanish and/or Portuguese. Students pursuing a certificate in Latin American Studies generally wish to work in Latin America or in career opportunities in the U.S. dealing with Latin America.

Career Possibilities

  • International affairs
  • Communications
  • Global manager
  • Peace Corps recruiters
  • Specialists for nonprofit organizations
  • Federal government officials
  • Government agencies



Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Latin American Studies

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


3306 French Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0164
Phone: (513) 556-6654
Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama