The Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CLS) offers an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that includes courses in education, health sciences, history, literature, political science, psychology, art and culture (e.g., Mesoamerican, Mexican, Latina(o), and Central American). The cross-fertilization of inter-related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences establishes a comprehensive educational background for students who seek excellence in scholarship and who aim to succeed in careers in education, law, non-profit organizations, and, among other fields and occupations, medicine and government agencies.

The CLS faculty values the importance of a broadly grounded undergraduate and graduate education that leads not only to public service and to important contributions to the student’s chosen career but also to critical inquiry and life-long creativity in CLS graduates whose academic background functions as a transformative force in their personal and professional lives. The CLS faculty promotes an education that inspires and encourages students to understand their place in a complex world and their steadfast commitment to a democratic and more inclusive global society. CLS faculty are thus bound and dedicated to a student’s education based on integrative learning, excellence in research, and a diversity of world perspectives that provide students with educational opportunities and a university environment that leads to innovation, a sense of personal achievement, and to life-long public and community service.


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Students are encouraged to apply for the CLS master's program in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies. For more information, email CLS graduate advisor, Profe Jose Anguiano.


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