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Certificate of Graduate Study

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

Program of Study

The certificate program prepares you for teaching, research, or service work in Latin American countries, Caribbean nations, and Latino communities across the United States.

Course content covers a range of relevant topics such as language studies, criminal justice, migration, race, ethnicity, gender, violence and urbanization.

You will also participate in speaker series, seminars, conferences and special lectures that promote intellectually rewarding dialogues across the disciplines with noted scholars.

Required Courses

  • Theoretical Approaches to Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies I 
  • Theoretical Approaches to Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies II
  • Seminar on Latin America
  • Seminar on the Caribbean or Seminar or U.S. Latino Studies

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Professor Londoño at [email protected].

Career Outcomes


Recent graduates currently hold positions as professors at colleges and universities across the country, and as school counselors. Enjoy careers in public policy, law and non-governmental organizations.

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"The trans-disciplinary approach of the LACS department makes UAlbany stand out compared to other similar programs. Students aren't just exposed to the concepts and methods of one discipline. Instead, we use a variety of frameworks to analyze and theorize a given topic; borders between disciplines are not an obstacle."

Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: Not Available

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
Program Statement

Gain historical, cultural, and political knowledge that will enable you to succeed in careers related to or situated within U.S. Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean communities.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS) provides you with the analytical tools and conceptual frameworks to understand the causes and consequences of the forces that are redefining the region and hemisphere.