Students at Diversity & Inclusion Workshop, 2017

Certificate in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies

Why Add the Certificate in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies?

The 15-credit CLS Certificate complements most undergraduate majors at the University and can be useful for students seeking a variety of careers. In the program, students can start building the knowledge and skills they need to understand the histories and cultures of U.S. people of Latin American descent, now the country’s fastest-growing minority group.  Students can tailor the certificate to reflect their interests, complement their major, or plan for graduate or professional school. The CLS certificate welcomes undergraduates and special students in degree seeking programs and involves interdisciplinary coursework.  A CLS major cannot enroll in the Certificate. Many classes that count for the Certificate offer opportunities for service-learning, applied research, and community engagement.  Alumni have distinguished themselves in law, medicine, mental health, social services, grassroots community development, academia, business, public policy, and journalism.

Learn About the Requirements

Graduating CLS Students, 2023

Learn about the requirements for the Major and the Certificate in the Guide before declaring.


Declare the Major or Certificate

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To declare, view this presentation about the program and find the declaration link at the end.

Meet with CLS Advisor Rachelle Eilers

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For more information, contact Advisor Rachelle Eilers. Schedule an appointment via Starfish or send her an email.

Course Planning

  1. Schedule an advising appointment through Starfish to discuss how the CLS certificate fits with your other academic interests.
  2. Browse the CLS Course List for the upcoming semester.