Baja California Studies

Program Overview

The Baja California Studies certificate allows students to develop a concentration of study devoted to Baja California that complements any major. The certificate is based on interdisciplinary courses that focus on Baja California. It is not a major but provides students a list of courses that help fulfill general education requirements in various disciplines while focusing intensively on Baja California. Students develop a keen appreciation of the rich connections between the arts, humanities, social life, and physical sciences.

Service learning hours that focus on the Baja California region are required in some courses. It is recommended that the student demonstrate an intermediate to high proficiency in the Spanish language, as measured by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) given and evaluated by an OPI certified Southwestern College Spanish instructor.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Proficiency
  • Baja California Studies   

Career Options

The Baja California Studies certificate complements any major; therefore, it is an asset to those who seek employment opportunities in a variety of fields. It prepares recipients to assume leadership roles in the complex educational, environmental, civic, and health issues facing Baja California and the border region. In addition to expanding employment opportunities, it prepares students to transfer to a four-year degree institution to continue interdisciplinary, Mexican-American, or Latin American studies.


Contact Us

Margie Stinson, M.S
Department Chair
Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5324



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