Our curriculum is grounded in the interdisciplinary Chicana/o Studies tradition of pursuing carefully developed, culturally grounded solutions to community needs. The individual courses and programs are intended to bridge the worlds of theory, cultural analysis, and practice. Students build on a solid foundation of historical and cultural analyses and attempt to develop new approaches to long-standing social, economic, educational, political, and intellectual problems that face Chicana/o, Latina/o and other communities.
The department is committed to being cutting edge as we respond to the ever-changing needs of our students and communities. We train students to become leaders in a number of professional fields, including: teaching, social services, policy, health care, government, and community service. We also prepare students for doctoral study in Chicana/o Studies, Ethnic Studies and other academic fields.