2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED COPY]

Latin American Studies Certificate

The Certificate in Latin American Studies (CLAS) is a collaborative program of the University System of Georgia and the Americas Council. It is open to students in all majors. To apply for acceptance into this program, a student must first complete 30 credit hours, maintain a 2.8 GPA (or above) and complete one 3-credit hour course that focuses on contemporary Latin America or a 3-credit hour course on Latin American culture and civilization. Applications are available from the CLAS coordinator.

To earn a CLAS, students must complete 18 credit-hours in specific courses. First three credit-hours must be in a foreign language  spoken in Latin America (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Quechua) at or above the 2000-level. Second, the remaining 15 credit-hours must be in courses that focus on Latin America.

Language requirement (three credit-hours)

To satisfy the language requirement, the student must fulfill any one of the following three options:

Option 1

1)  Taking and passing with a minimum grade of “C” or better in any of the courses listed below:

Option 2

Taking an approved Latin American study abroad program as long as the course is beyond the intermediate level

Option 3

Demonstrating written and oral proficiency in any of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole or Quechua.  Demonstration of language proficiency above the intermediate level as defined by ACTFL (or CLEP) standards through examination or successful completion of an oral and written examination evaluated by a qualified University System of Georgia faculty member.

Latin American studies requirement (15 credit-hours)

To fulfill the Latin American course requirements, the student should do the following two requirements:

Complete any of the courses listed below (3 credit hours)

Latin American Studies (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours in Latin American studies from the list below.  Two of these courses must be outside the student’s major.

Additional Requirements

  • Up to 6 hours of upper-division Latin American courses offered in the University System of Georgia may be counted if approved by Certificate of Latin American Studies faculty.
  • No more than six hours from study abroad or internships will be credits.


The campus Certificate in Latin American Studies coordinator must approve all courses, study abroad programs, and internships.  All courses require a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.  The student must not take more than one course at the 1000-2000 level.  The student will obtain his CLAS upon graduation from GGC.  S/he cannot receive it before his/her graduation.