The certificate in Latino/a studies is designed for students who are, or anticipate, working with people of Spanish-speaking Latin American or Caribbean heritage. It will serve both traditional and nontraditional students seeking a focused, interdisciplinary curriculum that increases their knowledge of the histories, demographics, and cultures of different Latino/a groups.
To complete the certificate, students must be degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree. Students must successfully complete the two required courses and electives from the list below totaling 15 credits. All credits for this certificate program must be earned at Grand Valley State University. Students may use credits from this certificate program for the Latin American and Latino/a studies minor.