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Latino/a Studies undergraduate certificate

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.

Visit the program website for more information.

Why Study Latino/a Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Learn more about an important demographic in the United States and in Michigan.
  • Explore cultural, historical, and professional issues related to Latinos/as.
  • Engage with the West Michigan Latino/a community via the certificate's coursework.
  • Gain important intercultural understanding and competency skills that you can apply to any workplace context.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


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.

Career Options

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:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Law enforcement
  • Nursing
  • Social services
  • Government

For More Information

Latin American and Latino/a Studies
117 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8110

Admissions Office