Knowledge of Latin America and its people, including those in the
U.S., is an essential part of a liberal education today. Latino/as now
constitute the most populous ethnic group in the country. U.S.
economic, political, and cultural relations with our Latin American
neighbors from Mexico and the Caribbean to Central and South America
continue to grow in importance.
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.
Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may complete this certificate.