Formerly Mexican American Studies
Office: Clark Hall 231
Maria Luisa Alaniz, Chair
Julia Curry Rodriguez
Created in 1969, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) is the oldest graduate program in Chicana/o studies in the country and only one of five graduate programs in Chicana/o Studies programs in California today. Rooted in social justice principles, our interdisciplinary program prepares students to critically examine and address intellectual traditions and contemporary issues resulting from intersections in race, ethnicity, class, and gender in Chicanx-Latinx communities. We offer an MA degree with three areas of emphasis: education, policy and comparative ethnic studies. The BA provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of Chicana/o Studies, as well as insights and skills to analyze and work with Chicanx-Latinx communities through three areas of emphasis: Cultural & Creative Expression, Institutions & Community Engagement, and Transnationalism & Global Relations. It is designed to complement a number of majors across the university, for those who want a double major that includes CCS. We also offer a unique, interdisciplinary minor that supplements any undergraduate major by providing a well-rounded introduction to the Chicanx-Latinx community, including the community’s history, politics, culture and social, political and economic contexts. Our graduates become leaders in the fields of teaching, social services, policy, health care, government and community service, and pursue doctorates in Chicana/o studies, ethnic studies and other academic fields.
CoursesChicana and Chicano Studies