Chicano/Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary department organized to provide undergraduate
and graduate students with the opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary
experiences of Americans of Latino origin or ancestry. This diverse population includes
people who trace their heritage to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, and other Latin American and Caribbean nations. The curriculum is designed
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 of Chicano/Latino communities.
The Department offers a B.A. degree in Chicano/Latino Studies, an undergraduate minor,
and a graduate emphasis.
Requirements for the Minor
For the most up to date information on major and minor requirements, refer to the UCI General Catalogue.
Completion of three core courses: Chicano/Latino Studies 61, 62, 63; three upper-division courses selected from Chicano/Latino Studies 100-189; and Spanish 2A or its equivalent.
Residence Requirements for the Minor: Other than the language requirement, no more than two courses taken at other academic institutions may be used toward satisfaction of minor.
In addition to satisfying the requirements for the major or minor, students are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of unique educational opportunities available at UCI. Through the Education Abroad Program (EAP), students receive academic credit while studying at universities in Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil, or Spain. Internship opportunities with private and public institutions concerned with the Chicano/Latino communities are available in Orange County, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. Independent research with faculty on Chicano/Latino issues is also encouraged. Student research is conducted and given academic credit through independent study or group research courses. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) are examples of programs at UCI which allow students to work as research assistants with professors.