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Chicana and Chicano Studies

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. The Chicana and Chicano studies degree provides the student with a timely, interdisciplinary education regarding the nation's fast-growing ethnic group, the Chicano/Latino, and the interplay of culture, politics, economics and society in the dynamic United States-Mexican border region. The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies also endeavors to contribute to the development of knowledge about the Chicano/Latino populations and the border region through original scholarship on the part of its faculty and students. The department recognizes women and gender based issues as integral to a Chicano studies program.

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies also offers a minor in Chicana and Chicano Studies as well as a comprehensive United States-Mexican Border Studies Minor and Certificate program.

Program Overview

A two-semester introduction to Chicana and Chicano studies is taken in preparation for the major. At the upper-division level, all students must complete a course entitled "Political Economy of the Chicano People." The remaining work consists of specialization courses to be chosen in the area of humanities, social science, or border studies.

In addition, the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department offers the United States-Mexico Border Studies Certificate. The purpose of the certificate is to provide students with training and direct experience in border institutions and policy issues in both public and private sectors. The program is interdisciplinary, requiring proficiency in Spanish and the completion of seven related courses from various departments throughout the campus, such as geography, political science, journalism, and economics.

The department's programs are designed to meet the needs of students who will be seeking employment or pursuing advanced education in law, urban planning, journalism, business or medicine. Chicana and Chicano studies students acquire timely skills, experiences, and knowledge indispensable to the development of leaders and citizens in a region, state and nation where Chicanos/Latinos will comprise the largest ethnic racial group in the population in the 21st century. Through specialized course offerings, the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department also recognizes women and gender-based issues as integral to a Chicana/o studies program. In addition, Chicana and Chicano studies contributes to the preparation of future public school teachers by offering courses that satisfy the liberal studies, emphasis in education major requirements.

Special Features

The unique features of the Chicana and Chicano Studies major include:

  • Special courses, such as classes in U.S.-Mexico border relations
  • MEChA, the student organization supporting the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
  • Latina Leadership Lecture Series - and other invitational lectures where undergraduate students meet leading scholars and leaders
  • Commitment to undergraduate education- the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department administers the Faculty/Student Mentoring Program of the College of Arts and Letters. This program is designed to provide academic and personal support to students who are underrepresented in higher education.
  • Internship possibilities - available in the local Mexican American community
  • Undergraduate scholarships - offered by Chicana and Chicano Studies Department annually: Magadalena Mora Award for the outstanding history essay on Mexican/Chicana women; César Chávez Memorial Book Scholarship to an undergraduate majoring in Chicana and Chicano Studies, Liberal Studies or Social Science.
  • Unique, community-based program - Chicana and Chicano Studies provides well-balanced, high quality, interdisciplinary education for undergraduate and graduate students as well as the community at large. Recognized as one of the best departments of its kind in the United States, Chicana and Chicano Studies offers an environment that encourages the intellectual empowerment of students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender. Students are challenged to understand how the Chicano/Latino population and the border region have influenced and will continue to influence their lives.
  • The department's programs are designed to meet the needs of students who will be seeking employment or pursuing advanced education in law, urban planning, journalism, business or medicine. Chicana and Chicano Studies students acquire timely skills, experiences, and knowledge indispensable to the development of leaders and citizens in a region, state and nation where Chicanos/Latinos will comprise the largest ethnic racial group in the population in the 21st century. Through specialized course offerings, the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department also recognizes women and gender-based issues as integral to a Chicana/o studies program. In addition, Chicana and Chicano Studies contributes to the preparation of future public school teachers by offering courses that satisfy the Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Education major requirements.

Career Opportunities

Bilingual/bicultural graduates are more sought after than ever before. A student with a major or minor in Chicana and Chicano studies has a good possibility of securing a position and career advancement because of the special preparation in their program. While jobs in regular classroom teaching and other career possibilities may be limited, positions for bilingual/ bicultural graduates are in greater demand.

Chicana and Chicano studies is also an excellent major in preparation for postgraduate study in various professional schools. For example, students can continue their studies for the master's degree and other advanced degrees in law, with positions specializing in minority or barrio problems; social work, with careers as caseworker, or medical or psychiatric social worker in a minority community; public administration; librarianship; and business administration, with careers in accounting, marketing, bank management and insurance.

Recent students in Chicana and Chicano studies are currently pursuing graduate studies at diverse institutions, such as Harvard University, the University of California, and San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano studies students have been selected for participation in academic programs, such as the Minority Research Internship Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Leadership Program of the Center for the Study of American Women in American Politics at Rutgers University.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Chicana and Chicano Studies program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.