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Chicana/o Studies: Transborder Communities

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana/o Studies offers a curriculum that examines current and past experiences of Chicanas/os and other hemispheric Latina/o Americans whose origins exist south of the United States/Mexican and United States/Caribbean border. This degree places students at the center in the investigation of local issues in context with transborder questions through interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. The core courses at the lower and upper division level will provide majors with a solid training in Chicana/o Studies while providing them the opportunity to minor or double major in a related disciplinary program.

The Minor in Chicana/o Studies affords students the opportunity to investigate the multi-dimensional culture of the Chicana/o Community in the United States. It is, by definition, interdisciplinary and seeks to provide students with a nuanced appreciation of the population. The minor offers non-majors the opportunity to investigate the historical complexities of societies and social movements and their legacies in the present.


The Chicana/o Studies major prepares students for careers in the private sector, education, government agencies, or non-profit organizations that serve communities with a significant population of people with origins from Mexico and other nations of Latin America.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and culture of people of Mexican and Latin American origins in the United States, specifically within the region of Southern California.
  2. Analyze the literary, performativity, artistic and visual expressions of Chicanas/os and Latinas/os.
  3. Distinguish variations within Chicana/o communities in respect to class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexuality.
  4. Identify and discuss the major theoretical and conceptual questions informing Chicana/o Studies over time.
  5. Summarize, explain, and apply social science methods for analyzing social, political, and economic phenomena relevant to the multicultural populations such as demographic trends, public policy, judicial systems, segregation, business practices, public health concerns, etc.
  6. Effectively demonstrate competence in oral, written, and/or visual media to present research findings.

Contact Information

Alison Potter
Academic Program Analyst
(805) 437-3139


José M. Alamillo, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Academic Advisor
Madera Hall, Room 1366
(805) 437-2685 

Frank Barajas, Ph.D. 
Chair of Chicana/o of Studies
Professor of History
Madera Hall, Room 2356
(805) 437-8862

Jennie Luna, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies
Madera Hall, Room 1727
(805) 437-3727

Affiliated Faculty

Julia Balén, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1112
(805) 437-8435

Marie Francois, Ph.D.
Director, University Experience
Title V Project ISLAS Activity Director
Professor of History
Madera Hall, Room 1725
(805) 437-3123

José Garcia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Multilingual-Multicultural Education
School of Education
(805) 437-1641

Georgina Guzman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1175
(805) 437-3871

Matthew Mendez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Madera Hall, Room 1723
(805) 437-3577

Monica Pereira, M.A. M.L.I.S., M.Ed.
Broome Library, Room 1571
(805) 437-3654

Christy Teranishi-Martinez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Madera Hall, Room 2723
(805) 437-3311

Julia Ornelas-Higdon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Madera Hall, Room 1408
(805) 437-2051


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