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.


First Generation First Quarter Challenge Program

The First Generation First Quarter Challenge program offers opportunities for students to succeed in their first year at the university. FGFQ serves students who were the first in their family to attend college. Our program was developed by Social Science students, staff, and faculty who were also the first in their family to attend college.  They know firsthand what it takes to succeed at UCI and are eager to offer their support, guidance and friendship to other first generation students as they settle into the university. You can read this article for more information about the first generation experience, you can also visit the FirstGen website here.

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The First Generation First Quarter Challenge is a 10-week program in which small groups of First Generation freshmen and transfer students. Meetings are weekly for workshops, sessions, and other activities designed to support a successful university transition. This is a co-curricular program and participation is voluntary. Enrollment is limited and free!

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