Explore cultural, historical, and professional issues related to Latinos/as
Cinco de Mayo in Phoenix
The Latino/a Studies certificate program is designed to increase students' knowledge of the diverse histories, demographics, and cultures among Latinos/as in the United States. It is a useful program for students in any profession, as it will prepare them for working with people of Spanish-speaking Latin American or Caribbean heritage--an important and growing demographic in the American landscape.
Mariana Martinez, 10, waits for the start of First Communion services at Catholic church in Mexicantown, Detroit, MI 2012
Students take a total of 15 credit hours, including “Introduction to Latino/a Studies” and “Latinos/as In West Michigan,” the latter of which includes a community engagement component. In addition to these two required courses, students choose electives from disciplines like English, History, Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Spanish, and may elect to do an internship.
Anyone can benefit from the knowledge and skills this certificate offers. A certificate in Latino/a Studies particularly enhances the education of students preparing for careers in:
September 21, 2016
Professor Andy Schlewitz talks with Shelly Irwin from GVSU's Morning Show about the upcoming Great Lakes History Conference/Conference on the Americas and the new Area and Global Studies major: Global Studies and Social Impact (GSI).
Abel Resendia and his wife Brenda Ortega working in the apple orchards near Grand Rapids in Sparta, MI 2015