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Why Chicana/o Studies?

Chicana/o Studies (CHS) majors and minors must be prepared to excel in the work place and to participate as global citizens. After completing a degree program in CHS, students will possess skills and competencies to enter into the following occupations including, but not limited to: 

  • Businesses that Practice Social Responsibility
  • Government Agencies
  • K-12 Education
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Social Work

In addition to potential employment opportunities, students will graduate with a solid foundation in the interdisciplinary field of Chicana/o Studies and be well prepared for post-baccalaureate graduate work including:

  • Chicano/a-Latina/o Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Masters of Social work
  • Modern Languages
  • Sociology

CHS Majors, depending on their educational and professional goals, can choose from either “Cultural Studies” or “Social Practice” concentrations designed to enhance students’ opportunities to compete in national and international labor markets. The dual concentration offers students more choices and opportunities. Both concentrations prepare students for entrance into graduate programs. Check out our page detailing the required courses for CHS majors here.

  • The Cultural Studies Concentration is designed for students who are interested in areas of inquiry such as Chicano/a cultural production which range from Chicana/o art, film and popular culture, music, religion and literature
  • The Social Practice Concentration is designed for students interested in working within the diverse Chicana/o and Latina/o communities, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally 

The CHS department also offers Teacher Licensure in Elementary Education, Secondary Social Studies and Elementary Social Studies Concentrations. The CHS Department will also offer a Minor in CHS.


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