The graduate certificate program is a flexible grouping of courses across at least three disciplinary fields. Along with the application for entry into the program, each student shall submit to the Graduate Committee a list of proposed courses that will fulfill the requirement and a brief letter explaining the rationale of the course of study. 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.

Double-count Credits

If you have a degree at the Master’s level, or will acquire one within a short period after applying for the Certificate, we encourage you to inquire about Rackham's double-count rule. The rule stipulates that a student may count only 3 credits of the total credits needed for a Master’s toward a Latin American and Caribbean studies certificate.

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. This demonstration may take the form of a transcript indicating a grade of B or better in a fourth-semester (or equivalent) language course, or of a letter from a U-M language instructor certifying language competence.