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The Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies offers a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican-and Latin-American-origin people, cultures, and collectivities within the United States. The interdisciplinary Program is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations. The primary objective of the Program is to train students in the study of Chicana/os and Latina/os, as well as to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.
The Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national-origi groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues. Examples includes: Chicana and Latina History; Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies; Latina/os and Media; Chicana and Chicano History; The American West; Chicana/o Film Culture; Chicana and Latina Feminisms; Chicana/o and Latina/o Immigrant and Diasporic Cultures; Mexican American Politics; and Integrative Seminar in Comparative and Transnational Ethnic Studies.
The program includes 17 Affiliate Faculty (1 core and 16 joint-governance), more than 80 certificate students, and 7 graduate minor students.