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Doctoral Minor

The intent of the Graduate Minor in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies is to examine U.S. Latina/o experiences in a transnational and comparative context with the goal of fostering a relational and interdisciplinary understanding of racialized ethnocultural groups in the U.S., and of the social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and educational processes by which ethnocultural groups are racialized.  Building outward from a core concern with the experiences of U.S. Latinas/os, especially in the Midwestern region of the U.S., the Minor  also allows for study that looks beyond the borders of the U.S., so essential in our increasingly interconnected world.

Our courses integrate an array of materials, themes, and methods from many fields: history, literature, psychology, sociology, politics, visual studies, folklore, musicology, film and media, theater and drama, geography, anthropology, health, education, social work, art, and others. The minor emphasizes the diverse demography of U.S. society, paying attention not only to issues of race and ethnicity, but also to those of indigeneity, class, nation, gender, diaspora, sexuality, and other forms of difference and dominance, belonging and identification.

For specific requirements, please visit the following websites:

Requirements for a Ph.D. minor in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies (UW Madison Course Guide)

How to Declare a Graduate Minor (Policy Library)

To pursue the minor, schedule an advising meeting with the CLS Director.  After discussing your program of study with the Director, you will complete a Minor Agreement Form and submit it to the Graduate School together with the warrant for your doctoral exams.  The Graduate School has enhanced the Graduate Student Portal (accessible through MyUW) to enable students to add, change, or discontinue doctoral minors and graduate/professional certificates, in addition to majors/named options.

CLS Minor Agreement

Graduate Students interested in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies may wish to connect with the Graduate School’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, as well as other for diversity, equity, and inclusion offered by the Graduate School.