This certificate trains future professionals to better serve the growing Latinx* population of the country and the state. 

It enhances the knowledge of the region to work in and with relation to Latin America in a wide range of disciplines and professions by:

•Understanding the historical, economic and political relation of Latin America and the US.

•Having familiarity with social, cultural, political, and economic developments in a historical context.

•Learning about the commonalities and differences inside Latin America and between Latin American and Latinx cultures.

•Understanding changing and contested constructions of identities among the diverse peoples of the region.

•Learning about Latinx history and culture Understanding migrations in the Americas, not only to the US but also inside Latin American countries and to other countries in the world.

* The term Latinx is used to connote a commitment to be inclusive of gender non-conforming identities, to challenge the gender binaries inherent in the Spanish language, and to reflect the cutting edge of the fields traditionally called Chicano Studies and US Latino studies.