The Department of Chicano/Latino Studies offers an interdisciplinary program designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in the United States. The Department offers both a B.A. degree and a minor.  For information regarding major and minor requirements, please refer to the UCI General Catalog.  The curriculum seeks to provide an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the language, history, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, social ecology, health, medicine, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments in Chicano/Latino communities.

Sample Courses:

  • Ethnic and Immigrant America
  • Latinos in a Global Society
  • Chicano Literature
  • Music of Greater Mexico
  • Latinos and the Law
  • Race and Citizenship in America
  • Chicano/Latino Psychology

Career Opportunities: Include national and international organizations which seek knowledge of American multicultural society in general, and of Chicano/Latino communities in particular.  Other career options include area specialists with state and federal government agencies or private sector organizations; and positions of service and leadership within Chicano/Latino communities in areas such as education, human services, law, health fields, journalism, and public policy.

Casa César Chávez: This award-winning, 24 resident academic theme house provides residents with a variety of educational, social, and cultural experiences including student-faculty socials, film showings, guest lectures and poetry readings, and an annual open house. For additional information, please visit

Scholarship Opportunities: The Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for current UCI students.  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) awards scholarships annually to students enrolled in and attending an accredited college full-time from the fall through the spring (or summer) terms. 

Chicano/Latino Honors Program: Allows undergraduates to pursue research and write an honor’s thesis on topics of their choice under the guidance of Chicano/Latino Studies faculty. Open to all seniors with at least a 3.3 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 5 Chicano/Latino Studies courses. For application visit the following link: Honor's Application.

The Jeff Garcilazo Prize: Awarded annually to the undergraduate student author(s) of the best research paper(s) in Chicano/Latino studies.  This cash award is in honor of the late Jeff Garcilazo, Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History.  Papers should be submitted during spring quarter to the departmental office in 383 Social Sciences Tower.  Final selection will be made by a faculty committee.

Excellence in Chicano/Latino Studies Awards:    1. Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher and Promise in Chicano-Latino Studies Award    2. UCI Building Puentes-Bridges Award for Exceptional Commitment to Chicano-Latino Undergraduate Student Service and Community Life    3. UCI Abriendo Caminos/Charting Pathways Award for Dedicated Commitment to Chicano-Latino Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement and Diversity

Ballet Folklorico: The Department sponsors the Ballet Folklorico de UCI.  Interested students may earn 2 units of credit through Chicano/Latino Studies 129.


Related Opportunities/Resources

Education Abroad Program (EAP): Earn course credit in another country.  The department encourages majors to consider the Mexico-US Comparative Perspectives Program in Mexico City.  Students may obtain credit for one of the three additional upper division electives required in the major through participation in a study abroad program in Mexico.  Visit the Center for Education website at

UCDC Program: Complete courses, government, or a non-govern internship in Washington, D.C.  For more information visit:

Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SSARC): Officers helpful workshops such as how to apply to graduate school, manage stress, obtain scholarships, write personal statements and resumes, and conduct research; valuable information on internships, research, and graduate school; test preparation; Transfer Student Outreach Program: Social Science Transfer Course offered fall and winter quarters.  SSARC is located in Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Suite 1230.  Office hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday, (949) 824-8322 or visit:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP): Encourages and facilitates research and creative activities by undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines at UCI.  For additional information, visit

Cross Cultural Center: The mission of the Cross-Cultural Center is to provide a network of support services promoting the personal, social, cultural, and academic wellbeing of UCI's ethnic and culturally diverse student body. Additional information may be found at

Home-based Activities Building Language Acquisition (HABLA): A broad-spectrum Latino-focused educational outreach program based in the School of Social Sciences whose purpose is to increase the school readiness of disadvantaged children aged two-to-four years.  Students earn credit through Chicano/Latino Studies 191A-B-C.  For more information, refer to


Off Campus Opportunities/Resources

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