The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) awards a Certificate in Latin American Studies to Harvard College students who have completed an approved course of study as part of their work toward the A.B. degree. To be eligible, students must take 20 credits through a combination of courses from the Core Curriculum and the related general requirements, the concentration, electives, and senior tutorial. Students must also submit an approved Seniors Honors Thesis on a subject related to Latin America. However, as of academic year 2016-17, students may petition to have the thesis requirement be substituted by a Significant International Experience in Latin America, namely at least one semester spent participating in a for-credit study abroad program in a Latin American country during their time at Harvard College.
DRCLAS also awards a Certificate in Latin American Studies to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences PhD candidates who complete an approved course of study as part of their work toward degrees in their own disciplines. The Certificate was created by Harvard faculty to set minimum standards for their expectations for professional training in Latin American Studies and to promote interdisciplinary work on Latin America within Ph.D. program. Students must be engaged in a Ph.D. program and write a dissertation that focuses on one or more Spanish American country or Brazil.