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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.
Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valleys
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 these careers: