CLS students with flags from Latin American countries during the March Up Bascom


The Program in Chican@ & 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 and major are 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@s and Latin@s and 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 community of learners.

Declare the Major

The CLS Program offers an interdisciplinary major and certificate. Contact Advisor Rachelle Eilers via Starfish or email, or learn about the program and declare online!

Detail of mural "The Inheritance of Struggle" by Leo Tanguma (Memorial Union)




Our latest newsletter highlights the CLS familia’s achievements during the Spring of 2023.
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Latinx Studies in the Midwest
and Beyond

Graffiti Mural in Puerto Rico. Credit: Colectivo La Puerta.




Ready for a stimulating dialogue on important issues of the day?  With the support of the Anonymous Fund and several campus partners, the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program will bring emerging figures in our interdisciplinary field to campus this year.  Check out the full schedule on the speaker series web page.

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