Graduate Program (MA)

MA in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Chicana and Chicano Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the racialization, experiences, issues and cultural productions of Chicanas and Chicanos. Chicana and Chicano Studyists examine social realities faced, experienced, and created by Mexican Americans from diverse perspectives. The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) offers a Master's Degree with three areas of emphasis: Education, Policy, and Comparative Ethnic Studies. Students considering this program are encouraged to contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Johnny C. Ramirez, to discuss requirements, options, and opportunities.

Our Program

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We offer an interdisciplinary program intended to provide students with a strong intellectual analysis of diverse Chicana/o and Latina/o experiences along with skills to address real-world issues in Chicanx, Latinx and other communities. The curriculum is grounded in the interdisciplinary Chicana/o Studies tradition of pursuing carefully developed, culturally grounded solutions to community needs. 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 Chicanx, Latinx, and other communities.

The CCS Graduate program at SJSU trains students to become leaders in a number of professional fields, including: teaching, social services, health care, and community service. We also prepare students for doctoral study in Chicana/o Studies, Ethnic Studies and other academic fields.

Graduate Student Work

Chicana and Chicano Studies graduate students have presented their work at various conferences. Each year, at least 10 of our students present their research the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies conference.