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. 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.