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2015-2016 University Catalog 
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Chicana and Chicano Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

Alexandro José Gradilla

Department Office/Website

Humanities 314


Erualdo R. González, Alexandro José Gradilla, Monica D. Hanna, Gabriela Nuñez, Patricia A. Pérez


Chicana and Chicano Studies Mission and Vision Statement

Our mission is to expand critical thinking, communication and civic-mindedness through an engaging and interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on the arts, humanities and social sciences. We aim to prepare our students for future academic and non-academic employment endeavors in order to be successful leaders.

Our vision is to establish and uphold a premier Chicana/o Studies Department that promotes social justice through student-centered teaching/mentoring, research and service that focuses on Chicana/o- and Latina/o-origin communities.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following learning goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Chicana/o Studies:


  • Mastering interdisciplinary perspectives focusing on social sciences, humanities and the arts
  • Have a working knowledge of the history of the field of Chicana/o Studies - its theories, methods and intellectual justifications
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the role of critical theory and perspectives to understand phenomena, including issues of race, class, gender and politics

Critical thinking and Expressive Skills

  • Develop their research skills and clearly communicate their findings through well organized written and oral methods of delivery
  • Develop critical thinking, writing and interpretive skills
  • Understand diverse viewpoints and experiences through group communication and collaborative team work
  • Engage technology and multimedia in communicating written and oral research

Civic Engagement and Leadership Skills

  • Understand how to bridge academic content and practice through service learning
  • Develop an understanding of social justice principles and applying them to make a difference in their local, national and global communities

Graduate Study

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies offers courses for advanced study in the following graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Science in Education - Bilingual/Bicultural Concentration
  • Master of Arts in History - Chicana/Chicano Studies
  • Master of Arts in Spanish - Bilingual Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Spanish - Chicana/Chicano Studies

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      Chicana and Chicano Studies

      Courses are designated as CHIC in the class schedule.

      Ethnic Studies

      Courses are designated as ETHN in the class schedule.

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