Chicana and Chicano Studies B.A.

College of Letters and Science

Division of Social Sciences

About the Major

The Chicana and Chicano studies field is the systematic and interdisciplinary analysis and exploration of Mexican-origin communities in the U.S. It also examines other Latina/Latino and indigenous populations in the Americas and ways they influence Chicanas and Chicanos and their communities.
The strength of the undergraduate major in Chicana and Chicano Studies is the cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and the critical skills approach to learning. Interdisciplinarity is an academic objective, achieved through the strengths and expertise of a core faculty in the arts, cultural studies, history, Latin American literature, sociolinguistics, education, and urban planning, and an affiliated faculty from 13 different disciplines. The program's location in Los Angeles places it in a unique position to draw from this large and diverse city. Los Angeles is home to the largest community of Mexican-origin peoples in the nation and the second largest in the world, as well as home to several other Latino groups. California is home to forty percent of the foreign-born population in the nation, and this is concentrated in the southern part of the state. Being in Los Angeles allows the field to take advantage of the social experiences, historical realities, cultural practices, linguistic attributes, and literary and artistic productions of these communities as part of its focus of study and curriculum.


Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies in the General Catalog
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies website

Contact Information

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
7349 Bunche Hall

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