Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

Everyday Heroes fighting for Social Justice and Civil Rights (L to R) Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta (Labor organizers and Co-founders United Farmworkers Union);  Chicano Artist Carlos Cortez (Homage a Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada);  Indigenous Rights Organizer, Author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu

Everyday Heroes fighting for Social Justice and Civil Rights
(L to R) Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta (Labor organizers and Co-founders United Farmworkers Union); Chicano Artist Carlos Cortez (Homage a Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada); Indigenous Rights Organizer, Author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu

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Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-5:45pm, (closed from 12:30-1:30pm) and Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm


Nuestras raíces y perspectivas/Faculty Roots and Perspectives:

The faculty built upon our history as one of the nation’s first Chicano Studies department to examine and validate the past and present struggles of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) communities as we work toward shared visions of social justice and equality. We are in a privileged position to serve a predominantly Hispanic community. CSLA is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and a Predominately Chicana(o)/Latina(o) University. We strive to develop a connection between personal experience and academic knowledge/success. Our coursework refines critical thinking and research skills and the faculty prepares students for careers in teaching, law, non-prof organizations, and government agencies, among others. This interdisciplinary major spans the social sciences and humanities equipping students to pursue graduate studies in a range of disciplines.


Our Mission

The Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies at California State University, Los Angeles offers an interdisciplinary program which includes a transnational approach to understanding the historical experiences and contemporary social status of the US population of Latin American origin. Our approach provides the tools the tools to conduct research and critical thinking in Education, Sociology, History, Social Movements, Popular Music and Popular Culture, and Literature. Courses in each of these areas examine how geographic, racial, cultural, gender, sexual and class dynamics shape Chicana(o) and Latina(o) communities.  The department curriculum allows students to engage in theories, methodologies, technologies, and research approaches within the field. Students receive an education that prepares them to become effective professionals and leaders in a multicultural society and global context.