The program in Chicana/o and Latina/o 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 is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of US Latina/o populations. The primary objective of the CLS program is to train students in the study of Chicana/o and Latina/os, as well as to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.

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

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

Select one Introduction Course:
CHICLA 201 Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies3
Select at least one additional 100- or 200-level course3
Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies
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
At least 9 credits of advanced courses:9
Chicana/o and Latina/o History
Mexican-American Politics
Chicano/Latino Educational Justice
Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change
Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures
Latino/as and Media
Latino History and Politics
Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World
US Latino Literature
Integrative Seminar in Chicana/o Studies
Dimensions of Latin@ Mental Health Services
US Latino Literature
Chicano/Latino Educational Justice
Understanding Latino Families and Communities
Topics in Chicano/a Studies
Race, Ethnicity, and Media
Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexican Migration
Advanced Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Directed Study 1
Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Immigrant Health and Well-Being)
Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Working w/ Latinx Populations)
Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology (Working with Refugee Families)
Carmen Miranda
Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.
American Labor History: 1900-Present
Latino History and Politics
Proseminar: Topics in Political Science (Cuba U.S. Relations: Past & Present)
Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (US & Latin America from Colonial Era to Present)
Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (Labor in Americas The U.S. and Mexico in Comparative and Historical Perspective )
General Seminar (Language and Culture in the Borderlands)
Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective
Topics in Hispanic Cultures in the U.S.
Special Topics in Counseling and Guidance
Race and Politics in the United States
Ethnicity, Race, and Justice
Immigration, Crime, and Enforcement
Border and Race Studies in Latin America
Chican@ and Latin@ Social Movements in the U.S.
Immigrant Health and Wellbeing
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


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 Chicana/o and Latina/o studies is available for those students from any undergraduate major who wish to pursue Chicana/o and Latina/o 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)


  • Theresa Delgadillo (English and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Falina Enriquez (Anthropology)
  • Alberta M. Gloria (Counseling Psychology)
  • Mary Louise Gomez (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Paola Hernández (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Edna Ledesma (Planning and Landscape Architecture)
  • Michael Light (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Sociology)
  • Lori Lopez (Communication Arts)
  • Benjamin Márquez (Political Science)
  • Sara McKinnon (Communication Arts)
  • Rubén Medina (Spanish and Portuguese and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Almita Miranda (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Geography)
  • Alfonso Morales (Planning and 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 and 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)