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Chicano and Latin American Studies


Students choosing to pursue a CLAS major or double major have a number of exciting opportunities. The CLAS major will give students an understanding of the growing Chicano/Latino population in the US, as well as the Latin American region. The Latin American major will give students the opportunity to learn in-depth about an important region in the world. Both majors will give students an important edge upon graduation, considering the changing US demographic and the increasing economic importance of Latin America.

The CLAS department also works to provide students with exciting opportunities that they can pursue throughout their academic career.

Professors in the Department have organized field trips as part of their courses: Drs. Perez and Torres often organize a field trip for their classes. The trip involves a visit to museum exhibits in Los Angeles.

CLAS Professors also encourage students to pursue their research interests and have collaborated with them on research. These research teams of students and professors have successfully applied for funding, the Undergraduate Research Grants, which has made it possible for students to collaborate with professors while receiving some economic support for their research. 

CLAS Professors also work to bring exciting speakers to campus to give students the opportunity to learn about new research on Chicanos/Latinos and Latin America. 

The CLAS department also encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. There are a number exciting programs in Spain and Latin America, for which students might qualify for financial assistance. We encourage students to get in touch with The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges to discuss them.


We encourage you to become a member of CLASSA!  Visit their webpage and learn more.

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Exciting Opportunities:

Click here for more information about the Wonderful Public Service Fellowship from the Maddy Institute

The United Farm Workers Foundation is seeking to fill a number of intern positions. For more information, talk to a CLAS professor!

MiFamiliaVota is looking for interns! For more information, talk to a CLAS professor!

Check out the Wilson Center, which has internships, such as the Latin American internship, Brazilian, and the Mexican internships (some of these are paid), click here. 

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) has a very exciting PPIA Fellowship Program for undergraduate students interested in studying policy. Click here to learn more. 

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute offers paid internships in Washington, D.C. For more information about the application process, click here.