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Undergraduate Certificate Chicano – Latino Studies

Chicano – Latino Studies program at Portland State University is the study of social, economic and political forces that have shaped the development of Latinos in the United States.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Latinos are persons who can trace their roots to Mexico and other Latin American countries. They are a diverse population that includes groups that have lived continuously in the United States for more than 150 years as well as those who have arrived in the United States more recently.

We offer:

  • A foundation of the history, diversity of culture, contributions and challenges in the 21st century for the Latino population in the United States.
  • Development of strong skills in critical thinking, communication, theory and analysis.
  • Engagement with faculty who are experts in a variety of academic fields, and are active in research, publication and community service.
  • Attentive academic advising and mentoring to guide students in their careers and community engagement activities.
  • Flexible course formats, with a mix of in-person, fully online, and hybrid courses.
  • Connections to the robust community of Latino student groups on campus.


Our alumni gain entrance into highly competitive academic and professional graduate programs in fields such as social work, library science and law enforcement at schools like the University of Chicago, University of Southern California and UC Berkeley.

Our students graduate the Chicano – Latino Studies program at Portland State University with skills and knowledge they can’t learn anywhere else, preparing them for jobs in education, healthcare, business, and government and nonprofits that serve communities with significant Latino populations.

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Courses Included

  • Mexican American/Chicano History, 1492-1900
  • Latino Popular Culture
  • Mayas, Aztecs and Chicanos
  • Chicanx/Latinx Film
  • Southwestern Borderlands
  • Public Art: Mexican-American/Chicano Muralism
  • Latinos in Education