Learning Objectives

  • Develop knowledge of commonalities among and differences between several Latin American regions and their historical and contemporary development
  • Effectively apply interdisciplinary research methodologies and models of inquiry to understand social, political, and cultural processes in Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Develop strong oral and written communication skills in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mayan languages, or Haitian Kreyol
  • Engage in "global learning" by understanding the interdependent relationship between the countries of the Western Hemisphere and the world; learning diverse economic, political, cultural, and environmental systems and practices in Latin America; and using their studies to think about and address pressing and enduring global issues.

Certificate Requirements

Introduction to Contemporary Latin America (LATAMER 121): This course will serve as an introduction into a number of problems and themes that currently shape Latin American society and culture, including efforts to come to terms with recent political violence, environmental change, economic transformation, migration, and cultural expressions. Offered once a year. 


Capstone Seminar in Latin American Studies: Each spring semester, Applied Latin American Studies: Cultivating Impactful Futures (LATAMER 480S) is offered and fulfills the capstone requirement. Prerequisites: Introduction to Contemporary Latin America or comparable coursework if approved.


Three additional courses in which at least 50% of the student's graded work deals with Latin America and the Caribbean, two of which must be at or above the 300 level. 

Language Requirement: Meet the Trinity College Language Requirement in a Latin American or Caribbean language: https://trinity.duke.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies/foreign-language


To stress the interdisciplinary aspect of the certificate, at least three different departments must be represented overall. 

To officially enroll students should return their completed application form to Senior Program Coordinator Patrick Semmler, patrick.semmler@duke.edu. Undergraduate students must also contact the Registrar's office: 919-684-2813 or registrar@duke.edu to officially enroll in the undergraduate certificate program.