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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 to Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada); Indigenous Rights Organizer, Author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu.

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M.A. in Mexican American Studies at Cal State LA
Application Deadline: April 16, 2018.  Early Applicants who submit materials by Feb.15, 2018 qualify for potential funding opportunities.

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The M.A. in Mexican American Studies* provides students with the interdisciplinary skills to contribute and engage in the current research on Chicanx and Latinx cultural, social and political expression. Students will join the community of public intellectuals and scholars active in the Chicanx and Latinx communities of Los Angeles and Southern California. Cal State LA is at the heart of the Chicanx and Latinx community.

The Master of Arts program prepares students to deal with the complexities of Chicanx and Latinx experiences in Southern California from the perspectives of several disciplines, while exploring their own personal journey, cultural and social memory and connecting their experience with current academic research and practice. Graduate students will generate  new research and contribute to the dynamic and expanding academic field of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies. Areas of study may include: Education; Indigenous Rights; Economic Development; Housing and Gentrification; Restorative and Environmental Justice; Critical Race Theory; Immigrant Rights; Policymaking and Advocacy; Public and Mental Health; Feminista Theory; LGBTQ, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film, Media and Digital Communities; and Artivism.

The Master of Arts degree in Mexican American Studies is designed for graduate students who wish to pursue advanced study toward the Ph.D. degree; teach in community colleges, secondary, or elementary schools; work in the health and envirornmental justice coalitions, community arts and non-profit cultural sector, or work as professionals in private agencies or government service.

For more information about the program or how to how to apply, please visit or contact Department Chair, Alex Espinoza,  at or call (323) 343-2190.

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