Chicano Studies

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies offers a dynamic, innovative program that emphasizes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to understanding the historical experiences, contemporary social status, challenges, and accomplishments of Mexican, Mexican American, and Latino populations in the United States. Critical thinking and effective oral and written communication skills are integrated across the curriculum, which incorporates the arts and literature, cultural studies, history, the social sciences, policy studies, service learning, and active participation for social justice.

Program Emphasis

The department emphasizes the study of the international border between Mexico and the United States. Due to its geographic location, the department also offers a focus on the relationship between the communities of southern California and Baja California

Career Options

As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, Chicana/o Studies contributes to all fields in the humanities and social sciences. The curriculum prepares students at the undergraduate level for a multitude of career options. Students earning a degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies may pursue careers in areas such as education, humanities, history, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, psychology, social sciences, political sciences, law, social work, business, the arts, and public administration

Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon active engagement in course activities and processes the successful student will be able to:
  • Attend educational, cultural, or political activities related to the Chicano/a Latino/a community's social issues.
  • Express what the Mexican and Mexican American cultural experience are in a written, oral or artistic way.
  • Express in a written, oral or artistic way some of the major obstacles that the Indigenous culture of Mexico have faced since having contact with European cultures.
  • Express in a written, oral or artistic way some of the contributions that women have made to the development of the Mexican and Mexican-American experience.