Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

College of Letters & Science

Fall 2016 Courses


Course Topic Time Professor Course Description
CLS 201

Introduction to Chican@/Latin@ Studies



9:30 - 10:45 am

T & Th 

222 Ingraham Hall


Introduction to Chicano and Latino Studies designed to introduce students to various interdisciplinary and transnational literatures on the study of Chicanas/os & Latinas/os in the U.S.  It offers a survey of scholarly literature, paradigms, theories, and debates within Chicana/o & Latina/o studies pertaining to the historical, economic, cultural, and sociopolitical dimensions of the Chicana/o & Latina/o experience in the United States.  Such themes as migration, labor, civil rights, community development, education, gender and more.

CLS 330

Whiteness & Racial formations

2:30 - 3:45 pm

T & Th 

115 Ingraham


The course will expose the social construction of whiteness in the U.S. from its origin in colonization to the contemporary period. A major focus of the class will be tracing the evolution of race, and through the lens of racial formation, introduce theories of about identity, citizenship and justice relevant to anti-racist praxis.



Race, Ethnicity and the Media

2:30 - 3:45 pm 

M & W

6203 Social Science

 Lori Lopez

The course provides students with critical tools and understanding of the main topics of concern and debate in the study of race and ethnicity in U.S. films, entertainment, television and popular culture.

CLS 461

The American West to 1850 


9:30 – 10:45 am

T & Th

 1310 Sterling Hall

Susan Johnson   

North American frontiers through the period of the Mexican War. Major Indian cultures of North America; the frontiers and differing imperial systems of Spain, France, and England; and the westward movement of the United States through 1850.  Prereq>  So standing.



Mexican American Politics

4:00 - 5:15pm


 53 Bascom Hall

Ben Marquez

This class examines the major problems and issues in Mexican-American politics since World War II. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which race, class and culture have structured politics for the Mexican origin people.  Prereq>  Jr st & Poli Sci 104, 184 or 404 or intro courses in Chican@ studies or intro courses in Afro-Amer studies or consent of  instructor.




Analysis of Mexican Migration 
 11:00 - 12:15pm

T & Th 

6112-Social Sciences
Jenna Nobles   

The class introduces students to the causes and consequences of Mexican Migration to the U.S. by looking at the history of Mexican-U.S. relationships; Mexican –American experience focusing on the immigration to the Midwest.



 Latino Communities in Small Towns and Rural Areas, a Service Learning Course

2:30pm- 5:00pm


Armando Ibarra  This course extends service learning beyond Madison to outlying Latino Communities serving as a bridge course between the UW and the Chican@&Latin@ small towns and rural communities surrounding the City of Madison.  The students will reach out to and contact Chican@ & Latin@ families in these areas who desire that their children attend the University of Wisconsin. The students will learn the basics of the social sciences literature on immigrant and generational incorporation, and students will deliver presentations based on findings from Professor Ibarra’ study, Latino Wisconsin: Needs Assessment and Family Integration to Latino and Non- Latino audiences in community centers, public locations, and other spaces.  Students will gain a richer understanding of Latino communities in outlying areas, become familiar with the incorporation literature, and learn the importance of providing service that is practical, research based and leads to stronger communities. 
CLS 699 Directed Study  --  --

Credit(s) for self-directed students learners conducting independent reading and research under the mentorship and guidance of a faculty member.



All course offerings are subject to change.



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