To declare, students should make an appointment with the program advisor to discuss requirements, courses, and application to the certificate.

Requirements for the Certificate

Completion of the certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies. 1 

Complete one Introduction Course:
CHICLA 201 Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies3
Complete at least one additional 100- or 200-level course3
Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies
The North American West to 1850
The U.S. West Since 1850
Latina/Latino/Latinx History
Chicana/o and Latina/o Cultural Studies
Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies
Chicana and Latina History
Intersectionalities, Self ­Awareness, and Social Actions for Social Change
Race and the Developing Child
Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education
Latin America: An Introduction
Sociology of Race & Ethnicity in the United States
First Semester Spanish for Spanish Speakers
Second Semester Spanish for Spanish Speakers
Complete at least 9 credits of advanced courses:9
Chicana/o and Latina/o History
Mexican-American Politics
Latinx Literacies
Latinx Feminisms: Women's Lives, Work, and Activism
Racial Formation and Whiteness
Chicano/Latino Educational Justice
Topics in Chicano/a Studies
Immigrant Health and Wellbeing
Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change
Race, Ethnicity, and Media
Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective
Survey of Latino and Latina Popular Culture
Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures
Latino/as and Media
Latino History and Politics
Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World
Ethnicity, Race, and Justice
Immigration, Crime, and Enforcement
US Latino Literature
Topics in Latinx Culture
Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexican Migration
Latino Urbanism: Design and Engagement in the American City
Border and Race Studies in Latin America
Chican@ and Latin@ Social Movements in the U.S.
Integrative Seminar in Chicana/o Studies
Dimensions of Latin@ Mental Health Services
Advanced Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Understanding Latino Families and Communities
Directed Study 1
Carmen Miranda
Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.
Total Credits15

 residence and quality of work

  • 8 credits in CHICLA or credits counting toward the certificate, taken in residence
  • A cumulative 2.000 GPA in courses counting approved for the certificate

Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Identify and discuss key contemporary expressions, situations, and theoretical interpretations of Chican@ and Latin@ life in the United States.
  2. Discuss the differences and commonalities (culture, indigeneity, Diaspora, national origin, migration and immigration, citizenship, phenotype, gender, sexual orientation, sexuality, language, geography, economics, and worldviews and values) that shape the intersecting experiences and tensions within and across Chican@ and Latin@ populations.
  3. Describe ways social histories, sociocultural, and sociopolitical histories of Chican@s and Latin@s in relation to the development of the United States as a nation and the role of this relationship in shaping the racialization, social stratification, and oppressions of these populations.
  4. Analyze, critique, and interpret theory and research on Chican@ and Latin@ populations.
  5. Engage in experiential based learning and/or applied action based research to bridge theory, action, and community service with Chican@ and Latin@ populations.

An undergraduate certificate in Chican@ and Latin@ studies is available for those students from any undergraduate major who wish to pursue Chican@ and Latin@ studies courses in a systematic manner. Academic advising for the CLS certificate is available in the Student Advising Office, 307 Ingraham Hall.  Prospective and current certificate students must make an appointment with Rachelle Eilers,, to discuss requirements, courses, and application to the certificate. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Rachelle Eilers will work from home and meet with students remotely until further notice.


  • Armando Ibarra (School for Workers)


  • Erin Barbato (School of Law)
  • Patrick Barrett (Sociology)
  • Theresa Delgadillo (English and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Falina Enriquez (Anthropology)
  • Alberta M. Gloria (Counseling Psychology)
  • Mary Louise Gomez (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Paola Hernández (Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Kathryn Kirchgasler (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Edna Ledesma (Planning & Landscape Architecture)
  • Michael Light (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Sociology)
  • Lori Lopez (Communication Arts)
  • Benjamin Márquez (Political Science)
  • Sara McKinnon (Communication Arts)
  • Rubén Medina (Spanish & Portuguese and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Almita Miranda (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Geography)
  • Alfonso Morales (Planning & Landscape Architecture)
  • Mariana Pacheco (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Marla Ramírez Tahuado (History and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Steve Quintana (Counseling Psychology)
  • Diana Rodríguez-Gómez (Educational Policy Studies)
  • Diego Román (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Carolina Sarmiento (School of Human Ecology)
  • Revel Sims (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Planning & Landscape Architecture)
  • Kate Vieira (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Juan Zalapa (Horticulture)


  • Megan Bailon
  • José Guadalupe Villagrán

Emeritus Faculty

  • Andrea-Teresa Arenas
  • Jim Escalante (Art)
  • Consuelo López (Gender & Women's Studies)
  • Francisco Scarano (History)
  • Steve Stern (History)
  • Lynet Uttal (Counseling Psychology)


  • Rachelle Eilers (Certificate Advisor)
  • Peter Haney (Program Administrator)
  • Alma Sida Ontiveros (Project Assistant)