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 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 to discuss requirements, options, and opportunities.

Our Graduate Programs

The Master's program offers an interdisciplinary course of study 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. 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 Chicanx, Latinx and other communities. The program 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.

CSS Program Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and analyze the major issues, questions, and debates driving theory and research in Chicana/o Studies through written and oral discourse, particularly the central role of race and ethnicity and its intersectional relationship to other socially constructed categories, such as gender, class/SES, andnormative heterosexuality, and its historically evolving role in shaping individual and group identities, opportunities, and outcomes in US institutions. [Covers the following University Learning Objectives: Specialized Knowledge, Intellectual Skills, Applied Knowledge, Social & Global Responsibilities]  {Primarily achieved in the following courses: 200, 210, 225}
  2. Analyze major theories, paradigms, and methods used to study Chicanx and Latinx communities historically and today, critically evaluate scholarship in the discipline, and conduct an ethically-based research, creative, or community-based project in Chicana/o Studies.  [Covers the following University Learning Objectives: Broad Integrative Knowledge, Intellectual Skills, Applied Knowledge, Social & Global Responsibilities]  {Primarily achieved in the following courses: 205, 210, 240, 275}
  3. Effectively present and write insights related to PLOs 1 & 2 in chosen area of emphasis through capstone project that demonstrates the significance of this work and is adequate for effective instruction at the college level.  [Covers the following University Learning Objectives: Intellectual Skills, Social & Global Responsibilities]  {Primarily achieved in the following courses: 240, 298, 299}