Mexican American Studies Department
Created in 1969, the Department of Mexican American Studies is the oldest graduate program in Chicana/o studies in the country and only one of five 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 Chicana/o-Latina/o 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 Chicana/o-Latina/o 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 MAS. We also offer a unique, interdisciplinary minor that supplements any undergraduate major by providing a well-rounded introduction to the Chicana/o-Latina/o 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.