The Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (CLS) offers a curriculum with a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum broadly relating to people of Latin American descent within the hemisphere, in particular within the United States and the wide diaspora. Chicana/o - Latina/o studies is the umbrella name for distinct and important academic inquiries which began to converge in the last twenty years. The discipline emerged as a product of educational and social movements of the 1960s. These movements led to the initial creation of the program at The Claremont Colleges in 1969, making the program the second-oldest in the nation. More recently, Latina/o studies has emerged as an field of inquiry relating to Latin Americans in the hemisphere, transcending area studies and ethnic studies.
As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of study, Chicana/o - Latina/o studies contributes to every field of study in the humanities and social sciences, including professional programs like medicine, law and social work. Courses in the program take into account the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, and sexuality. The courses are open to all students of The Claremont Colleges.
A major in Chicano studies is available through Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges.