Latino Politics and Policy (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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Did you know that Latinos are among the fastest growing ethnic populations in the United States? Gain a deeper understanding of issues pertaining to Latino politics and policies and their effect on the community.

Program Description

This certificate program in Latino politics and policy advances students' understanding of past and present Latino political experiences and the policy issues surrounding this community, including immigration, voting, grassroots organizing and more. Students will also learn strategies to mobilize change in the Latino community, both locally and nationally.

Program Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours of coursework. At least 15 credit hours must be ASU credit and at least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken from courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all courses used toward the certificate.
Core Requirements -- 9 credit hours
Electives -- 3 credit hours
Related Electives -- 3 credit hours
Internship -- 3 credit hours
Students in the program must have a minimum 2.50 GPA in order to enroll and complete the internship requirement.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 to add this certificate program.

Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will analyze and interpret issues and policies that affect the Latino community utilizing appropriate methodologies.
  • Students will be able to explain the impact of the increasing Latino population on the U.S. political system.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this certificate program have the knowledge and hands-on experience to work in the fields of government, law and public policy. Additionally, graduates are more marketable to employers in:

  • business
  • education (administration and teaching)
  • film, media and the arts
  • nonprofit organizations
  • public affairs
  • public health
  • social work

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Social and Human Service Assistants

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 38520
  Bright Outlook

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 83770


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

  • Growth: 5.3%
  • Median Salary*: 50820
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Program Contact Information

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