Why Major in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies?
The 30-credit CLS major enables students to explore the histories, experiences, arts, cultural production, and social lives of communities of Latin American descent in the United States, who are now the country’s fastest-growing minority group. In CLS classes, students combine perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and human services fields to develop their capacities for civic and community engagement as well as research, writing, and analytical skills. Many classes that count for the Certificate offer opportunities for service-learning, community-based learning, and applied research. Alumni of CLS academic programs at the UW-Madison have distinguished themselves in such fields as education, social services, communications, publishing, business, journalism, agriculture, engineering, the arts, construction, and the health professions. CLS collaborates with student-run pre-professional societies and regularly offers co-curricular programming about graduate and professional school and career planning. The Program’s advisor provides one-on-one career counseling to students, and the Program regularly organizes events and workshops on applying to graduate and professional schools. The CLS major works well as a stand-alone degree or in combination with other majors. Co-curricular programming organized by CLS is open to all, and students in the major and certificate work actively to create community on campus.