Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

College of Letters & Science


Mauricio Salvo, PhD Student sharing his journey to graduate school


Welcome to the Chican@/Latin@ Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison! The Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies (CLS) offers a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican- and Latin-American-origin people, cultures, and collectivities within the United States. The CLS certificate is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations. The primary objective of the CLS Program is to train students in the study of Chican@ and Latin@s, as well as to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.


CLS offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national-origin groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues. We welcome you to join our academic community of learners.




Professor Benjamin Marquez


Community Gatherings will resume Spring 2017! Have a great winter break!


New course for spring 2017 - Immigrant Health and Wellbeing

M&W 8:00AM-9:15AM
Taught by Professor Carmen Valdez
Open to fresh & soph only, but email Prof Valdez for entrance if interested,

*Will count for the CLS certificate*