Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies exposes students to methodologies specific to Chicano/Latino Studies and to debates in the field that reflect larger transformations in United States culture and society. Students interested in research related to Chicanos and Latinos in the United States will find this certificate program of interest.

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To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies, students must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Be currently enrolled in a Michigan State University graduate degree program other than the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Chicano/Latino Studies.
  3. Have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies

1. Complete all of the following courses (9 credits):
CLS 810 Historiography and Social Science: Methods in Chicano/Latino Studies
CLS 811 Literary and Cultural Theory in Chicano/Latino Studies
CLS 896 Seminar in Chicano/Latino Studies


2. Complete 3 credits in related content from another department or graduate-level program as approved by the Chicano/Latino Studies Program director. This requirement may be met by either: (1) a graduate-level course that includes at least 50% Chicano/Latino studies content, or (2) a graduate-level course in which the student completes a research assignment addressing a Chicano/Latino studies topic related to course content.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate, please download and complete the form below. Please make sure that your major professor signs the form granting their approval.

Application for the Graduate Certificate Program (PDF)

Once you have completed all of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate you must complete this form and return it to CLS so that your transcript will reflect successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

Graduate Certificate Completion Memo (PDF)