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 may complete this certificate.
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.
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For new students, visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements. Upon acceptance and for current students:
- Declare your certificate via myBanner (Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate certificate from the drop down list, and click Submit)
- Departmental approval is required. If denied, an email will be sent to your GVSU student email.
- Speak with the appropriate certificate coordinator to ensure criteria are being met (you will be able to track your progress toward the certificate in myPath as well!)
- Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the certificate via myBanner.
- Once the completion of your certificate has been verified, the certificate will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript.
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale
- 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.