Latinx Studies, Certificate of Achievement

The Latinx Studies Certificate of Achievement is a program that prepares students to work with rapidly growing Spanish-speaking populations in the U.S. in a variety of settings, including education, retail, medicine, travel, hospitality, community services, and others. The certificate provides students with theoretical and methodological tools to understand and analyze the complexity of Latinx lives in the United States while it prepares students to interact appropriately with Spanish Speaking communities. At the same time, it provides students with skills to be proactive citizens who can address social issues in their communities, as well as work and live competently in diverse settings. This Certificate of Achievement may be a first step to complete the Social Justice Studies: Ethnic Studies AA-T and the Spanish AA-T. This certificate establishes a foundation for further studies in Spanish, Latinx studies, social justice, ethnic studies, education, political science, sociology, world civilization, and other disciplines, as well as for professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who work with or wish to learn about Latinx communities in the United States to further their career goals.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the social and cultural experiences, and contributions of Latinxs to society in the United States.
  • Identify and analyze appropriate speech and conduct within Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
SPAN 1Elementary Spanish I5
or SPAN 1S Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
SPAN 2Elementary Spanish II5
or SPAN 2S Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
ETNC/SOCI 13Introduction to Race and Ethnicity3
Select one course from each of the following concentrations (a course can only be used to fulfill one concentration):6
Spanish Concentration
Sociology of Latinos and Latinas
Latinos in American Government
History of Mexico
Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World
Social Justice Studies Concentration
Mexican-American Art in American Culture
Sociology of Latinos and Latinas
Latinos in American Government
Total Units19

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.