Academic Programs & Advising

Chicano/Latino Studies offers a minor and a certificate. The certificate is also available as a post-baccalaureate degree. The minor and certificate have been called the most useful complement to any PSU major.

Many national and international organizations search for employees with knowledge of our multicultural society and in particular the Chicano/Latino community. With a minor or certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies, you will be well prepared to hold a position of leadership in any multicultural community.  The minor or certificate can be earned while satisfying University Studies requirements or major/minor requirements.

Check out our Course Planning Guide (PDF) to help you map out your minor or certificate!

 


Undergraduate Degree Options

Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies

A certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies is a valuable asset for individuals preparing to work in fields and professions that place a premium on effectively reaching out to Latino/a individuals and communities, especially, but not limited to, health, education, business (marketing, human resources), counseling, legal, and public service professions.

At Portland State University, a certificate is an intermediary credential - more than a minor, but less than a major- that students obtain to enrich or add value to their selected major.

A balanced interdisciplinary program of social science, humanities, and Spanish-language requirements makes the Chicano/Latino Studies certificate one of the most useful supplements to a PSU major. The certificate requires 36 credits.

2018-2019 CHLA Certificate Requirements (PDF)

 

Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies

A minor in Chicano/Latino Studies is a valuable asset for individuals preparing to work in fields and professions that place a premium on effectively reaching out to Latino/a individuals and communities, especially, but not limited to, health, education, business (marketing, human resources), counseling, legal, and public service professions.

At Portland State University, a minor is less than a certificate. Spanish is not required.

A balanced interdisciplinary program of social science, humanities, and Spanish-language requirements makes the Chicano/Latino Studies minor one of the most useful supplements to a PSU major. The minor requires 28 credits.

2018-2019 CHLA Minor Requirements (PDF)

 

Graduate Certificate in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations

In order to be admitted as a graduate student at PSU, visit the Graduate Admissions site.

For detailed information on how to apply, please see the Gender, Race, and Nations Graduate Certificate site.

 

 


ADVISING

The academic advisors for the Chicano/Latino Studies Program are Roberto De Anda, Ph.D. and Elena Avilés, Ph.D.  Please contact them with any questions about the program.

PSU's Advising and Career Services department offers information on what students have to look forward to when they major in a specific discipline.  They can help you:

  • Understand your graduation requirements and create a degree plan 
  • Access appropriate financial tools and resources and direct you to financial support services
  • Confirm your major choice and/or help you identify a major that suits your skills, values, interests, and goals 
  • Explore careers (to be done before you reach 90 credits, or during the first term, if you are a transfer student)
  • Review your final graduation plan and apply for your degree

Interested in attending Portland State University and declaring a minor or certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies? Start by going to one of these two links: 

 

 



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