The emphasis in Chicano/Latino Studies is available in conjunction with all Ph.D.
programs offered at UC Irvine. As a supplementary program of study, it provides substantive,
theoretical, and methodological training in Chicano/Latino Studies. Additional coursework
allows you to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of Chicano/Latino issues
to further your research program and be better prepared to engage with diverse communities.
Students are required to take four courses:
- CHC/LAT 200A: Theoretical Issues in Chicano/Latino Research
- One CHC/LAT elective offered in a Department outside of your home Department.
- One CHC/LAT elective offered in a School outside of your home School.
- One additional CHC/LAT elective, potentially in your own Department.
Additionally, the student's qualifying examination and dissertation topic should incorporate
U.S. Latinos and/or issues relevant to Chicano/Latino Studies as a central focus of
analysis. The dissertation committee should include a Chicano/Latino Studies faculty
Graduate students who have completed the emphasis note that it helped them further
their research interests, build relationships with more faculty on campus, and demonstrate
official training in Chicano/Latino Studies when on the job market.
For more information contact: Graduate Emphasis Director, Laura E. Enriquez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To apply, submit the application form, which can be found here, via email to Graduate Emphasis Director, Laura E. Enriquez (email@example.com)
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Frequently Asked Questions
I want to do the emphasis. What do I do now?
There is a formal admissions/application process to declare an emphasis. Applicants
must submit an application to the Graduate Emphasis Director, Prof. Laura Enriquez
(firstname.lastname@example.org). The application includes background information and a one-
to two-page statement of purpose, including career objectives, areas of interest and
research, and record of research, teaching, community, and/or creative work. It is
important that your statement details how your research interests relate to Chicano/Latino
Studies and how the emphasis will help you further your objectives.
I have never taken a Chicano/Latino Studies class. Can I still apply for the emphasis?
Yes. Lack of prior course work does not preclude admission, so long as the statement
of purpose makes a compelling case for how your research interests relate to Chicano/Latino
My dissertation topic does not address Chicano/Latino Studies or related issues? Can
I still do the emphasis?
Yes. In special cases you can petition for an exception to this requirement. In its
place, we ask that, upon completion of your coursework, you develop a 10-15 page paper
that addresses how Chicano/Latino Studies as a discipline can inform how you engage
with your discipline and shape your future research and/or service endeavors. Upon
completion of the requirements we will petition the Graduate Division to approve this
When should I apply to do the emphasis?
It is beneficial for you to apply as soon as you decide you would like to do the emphasis
so that you can be notified about graduate student opportunities and programming offered
by the Chicano/Latino Studies Department. Applying for and being admitted to the emphasis
also allows you to include your profile on the department website and list it as part
of your coursework on fellowship applications. However, you can apply at any time.
I have space in my schedule to take a class but there are not any Chicano/Latino Studies
courses being offered this quarter or they don't fit in my schedule.
You can look at other classes that address Chicano/Latino issues, such as courses
on immigration or race/ethnicity. You might also consider taking an independent study
course with one of our department faculty. You will need to petition for these courses
to count and are encouraged to check with the graduate emphasis director ahead of
time to confirm that the course will meet the requirements.
What courses have emphasis students previously petitioned to count?
Emphasis students have been able to petition many courses that are not listed in Chicano/Latino
Studies to count. Common ones include:
- Sociology 233. Immigration and the New Second Generation
- Sociology 264. Immigrant America
I took a class that addressed Chicano/Latino issues but was not cross-listed with
Chicano/Latino Studies. Does that count?
You can petition to have such a class count as an elective class. To do so you would
need to provide the syllabus and write a short 1-2 page memo detailing the extent
to which the course covered Chicano/Latino issues and how it has informed your understanding
of Chicano/Latino Studies.
Can independent study classes count for an elective course?
You can petition to have one independent study class count as an elective class. You
would need to develop a syllabus for an independent study course that includes reading
and writing assignments commensurate with a regular seminar class. The faculty member,
optimally a member of the Chicano/Latino Studies faculty, would provide guidance in
developing the syllabus and overseeing the course.
Why do I need to take classes in other departments and schools?
We know that graduate students are busy but we believe that it is important to develop
a holistic and interdisciplinary understanding of Chicano/Latino issues. You are encouraged
to take courses that align with your research area to increase the breadth of the
methodological and theoretical tools you bring to your research.
Can I list the emphasis on fellowship applications or my CV before completing it?
Yes, admitted students are encouraged to include their intention to complete the emphasis
on their CVs and in fellowship application statements. You can list it as in progress.
This can help you demonstrate your commitment to studying marginalized communities
for fellowships that target diversifying academia, such as the Ford Foundation fellowships.
It can also be included as a reason why UC Irvine is a good fit for your graduate
What do I get when I complete the emphasis?
The department will issue you a formal letter of completion and you are encouraged
to list the emphasis on your CV and other materials. Unfortunately, it does not appear
on your degree or transcript.
What other support or opportunities does the department offer to emphasis students?
The Chicano/Latino Studies Department offers a rich interdisciplinary atmosphere to
develop your research, teaching, and service interests. We host quarterly colloquium
events featuring cutting-edge research in Chicano/Latino Studies and annually offer
the Gilbert G. Gonzalez Graduate Student Research Paper prize. We also collaborate
with graduate emphasis students to provide desired programming. Our faculty are happy
to meet with students to discuss their research and professional development. We also
sponsor the Chicano/Latino Graduate Collective, a graduate student-led group dedicated
to supporting Chicano/Latino graduate students at UC Irvine.
I'm interested in Chicano/Latino Studies but I don't know if I have time to do the
We're glad you're interested and hope you take a class when you can and participate
in our programs. You may find yourself on your way to completing the emphasis before
you know it. To keep up to date, you can email Debbie Michel (email@example.com) to
join our mailing list.