The Certificate in Latino Studies is designed for all students interested in studying Latino history and culture, the current role of the Latino community, and its contributions in the United States.  This certificate is well suited for students whose focus is on different cultures and minority studies, and those interested in more than one discipline or program. Including: Anthropology, American Studies, Communication Studies, Geography, Health, History, International Studies, Philanthropic Studies, Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs, Spanish, Social Work, and Sociology.

This 18-credit program is intended to provide students with an intermediate to advanced level of knowledge on Latino issues, including the history, culture, economic, and political development of this population. Students will connect this knowledge and appreciation for other cultures with other disciplines, thus helping them to prepare for success in a globalized world.


  1. Understand the theoretical approaches to Latino Studies
  3. Develop the ability to relate Latino Studies to other disciplines
  5. Increase students’ confidence in their own ability to function within Latino communities and abroad
  7. Develop knowledge of and respect for other cultures
  9. Be more competitive in a globalized job market that demands a broad skill set

A certificate in Latino Studies will better equip students for a career in one or more of the following: administration, government, public policy, politics, journalism, law, education, diplomacy, business, local and government service agencies, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, community organizations, national and international corporations, and language- and culture-related organizations.


Students can apply to the certificate program at any time during the academic year by submitting an application form to the director of Latino Studies. Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto can be contacted or Cavanaugh Hall 539C. Students currently enrolled at IUPUI may be considered for admission to the program if they have:

  1. Earned 24 credit hours towards their degree at IUPUI
  2. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

Students who have not enrolled at IUPUI may be considered for admission to the program if they:

  1. Apply for Undergraduate Admission to IUPUI and specify the Latino Studies Certificate as their objective
  2. Have 24 credit hours of transferable work, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.


The certificate can be earned as a stand-alone credential or in combination with a degree.

Total requirements:

  1. 18 credit hours
  3. The minimum grade that will be accepted in any single course is a C (2.0). The certificate also requires an overall GPA of at least a 2.0.
  5. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese (determined by receiving credit through the 204+ level coursework or by taking a placement test)



Required courses

(12 credit hours/4 courses, 3 credit hours each)

  • LATS L101 - Introduction to Latino Studies
  • LATS L228 - An Interdisciplinary Look at U.S. Latino/a Identities
  • LATS L350 - Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies: Latinos in the US: Origins and Prospects
  • LATS L396 - Social and Historical Topics in Latino Studies

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Students may choose two elective courses from a growing list of approved interdisciplinary courses including: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Design, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, Geography, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, History, International Studies, Journalism, Philanthropic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Tourism, Convention and Events Management.

Students will have a great deal of freedom in choosing which courses to take to fulfill the requirements for the certificate. Many of the courses that count towards the certificate in Latino Studies have rotating topics that change every semester. 

See List of Electives

Download application form for the Latino Studies Certificate (MS Word)