Students at the March Up Bascom looking to the right, carrying flags of Latin American countries

Students gather in front of Bascom Hall to celebrate the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month. Photo credit: Ray Kirsch/WSUM News


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 Fall of 2023.
Thumbnail of Fall 2023 CLS Newsletter, showing images of Director Ruben Medina and faculty

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.

CLS News

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    CLS Remembers Administrator Sylvia Garcia, 1952-2024

    The Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the community around it are mourning the passing of Sylvia Garcia, who worked as the Program’s Administrator from 2008 to 2016. Born in …

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    Latinx History Collective Wins Archival Achievement Award

    On June 14th, the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society gave the 2024 Governor’s Archives Award for Archival Achievement to the Wisconsin Latinx History Collective. This award recognizes a historical records repository that …

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

    CLS Seeks Teaching Assistants

    The Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program seeks two teaching assistants for the Fall 2024 CHICLA 201 (“Introduction to Chican@ & Latin@ Studies”). Apply at the Student Jobs Portal The position is 50% (20 hours per …

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