May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Formerly Mexican American Studies

Office: Clark Hall 231

Telephone: 408-924-5760




Maria Luisa Alaniz, Chair

Associate Professors

Rebeca Burciaga
Julia Curry-Rodriguez

Assistant Professors

Estevan Azcona
Jonathan Gomez
Joshua Troncoso


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.



    Chicana and Chicano Studies