Curriculum / Requirements

With the assistance of an advisor and guidance committee, doctoral students plan a program of study tailored to meet their educational needs and professional goals.

Students in the Chicano/Latino Studies doctoral program earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, not including at least 24 dissertation research credit hours. In addition to the following program requirements, candidates must satisfy all college and university graduation requirements.

Curricular Structure 

Required CLS Courses
Students must complete at least 30 credit hours from the following:
CLS 810 Historiography and Social Science: Methods in Chicano/Latino Studies (3 credits)
CLS 811 Literary and Cultural Theory in Chicano/Latino Studies (3 credits)
CLS 893E Readings in Chicano/Latino Studies (1 to 4 credits)
CLS 894 Fieldwork in Chicano/Latino Studies (1 to 4 credits)
CLS 896 Seminar in Chicano/Latino Studies (3 credits)

Research methods class in area of specialization
Each student must complete at least three credits of research methods in their area of specialization.

Area of specialization courses
Students must determine an area of specialization and may then take electives from the following: American studies, anthropology, English, history of art, history, music, resource development, sociology, and Spanish. The course work must be selected from an approved course list in consultation with the student’s guidance committee.

Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in Spanish, Nahuatl, or another Amerindian language to fulfill the program’s language requirement.

Dissertation Research (minimum 24 credits)
The comprehensive examination, the dissertation proposal, the dissertation research project, and the final dissertation defense are all required experiences in the Chicano/Latino Studies doctoral program.

Comprehensive Exams
The comprehensive examination, the dissertation proposal, the dissertation research project, and the final dissertation defense are all required experiences in the Chicano/Latino Studies doctoral program.

Note: The program must be completed within eight calendar years. The information contained herein is meant to provide an overview of the requirements for the PhD in Chicano/Latino Studies. For more detailed information about the academic requirements for the PhD, please contact the Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Selected Past Topics for CLS 896
Chicanos and Latinos in the World System: Decolonial Thought & Pedagogical Challenges
Chicano/Latino Sociology
Chicanos/Latinos and U.S. Popular Culture
Globalization and Mexican immigration to the U.S.
Latina Feminisms
Latino Politics