Chican@ Studies

What is Chican@ Studies?

The Chicana/o Studies Department engages students in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano history, culture, and politics. Our students explore Chicana/o experiences in their most broad, comprehensive sense, informed by several philosophical and theoretical schools, historical and political scholarship, literary and religious traditions, artistic movements, mass media, and video and film. In partnership with affiliated faculty across campus and feminist and Black Studies Ph.D. emphasis programs, the B.A./Honors/M.A./Ph.D. programs in Chicana and Chicano Studies challenge students to link theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community.

Over the past four decades, the Department has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on history and narrativity, cultural production and social processes. Courses probe the roots of traditions beginning in the indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America and extending into the many areas of contemporary American society, including politics, education, literature, the arts, and religion. Chicana and Chicano Studies scholars develop the necessary analytical and methodological skills to better understand the experiences of Chican@s, Latin@s, and other under-represented minority ethnic communities.

General Major Information

How Can I Tell If I Would Like Chican@ Studies?
Students who are interested to learn about topics on critical race and resistance studies in Chican@ societies would like this field of study. Additionally, Chican@ Studies is easily integrated into interdisciplinary curriculums that advances the General Education goals of the university. Students who wish to gain the knowledge and skills to respond to the challenges facing a multicultural and globally interdependent world will gain the most from this

What Are Potential Topics Within This Major?
Although the following list can provide students with topics that may be covered in this major, look at the UCSB catalog and consult with the undergraduate
advisor for more detailed information about requirements and course offerings.

  • ŒŒ Barrio Popular Culture
  • ŒŒ Chicana Feminism
  • ŒŒ Immigrant US-Mexican Border
  • ŒŒ Literature, Culture & Representation
  • ŒŒ Politics, History, and Community
  • ŒŒ Contemporary Chicana/o Art
  • ŒŒ Law & Civil Rights
  • ŒŒ History of Chicanos

To learn more about whether you might enjoy this major, check with a peer in the Career Resource Room for details on:

- Focus 2 to explore college majors and careers.

- The Strong Interest Inventory®, an assessment that compares your interests against six broad categories of work. This assessment helps match your interests and suggests potential careers to explore.

What Can I Do To Make My Major More Marketable?

  • Pursue relevant work, internship, volunteer, and/or research experience.
  • Choose a complementary minor.
  • Specialize in an area; take courses in related fields.
  • Develop your computer skills.
  • Learn a foreign language.
  • Study abroad.
  • Join professional associations.
  • Get involved in student clubs.
  • Participate in community organizations.
  • Seek out leadership positions.
  • Research specific prerequisites for different positions.
  • Network with others in fields that interest you.

General Career Information

What Are Some Possible Career Options?
Note: On its own, your major does not dictate what your job will be. The following list provides only a handful of possibilities. Chican@ Studies majors with strong liberal arts background may pursue career options in many fields. Depending on experience, specialized coursework, and possible graduate study, options include:
ŒŒ Anthropologists
ŒŒ Curators
ŒŒ Economists
ŒŒ Geographers
ŒŒ High School Teachers
ŒŒ Historians
ŒŒ Market Research Analysts
ŒŒ Museum Technicians and Conservators
ŒŒ Political Scientists
ŒŒ Sociologists
ŒŒ University and College Teachers
ŒŒ Writers
ŒŒ Business Executives
ŒŒ Interpreters and Translators

Skills & Knowledge Developed in this Field:

1. Cultural Sensitivity

  • Possessing a multicultural mindset
  • Working with competing notions and ideas
  • Understanding society through culture
  • Incorporating interdisciplinary methods
  • Examining the relationship of historical, economic and political forces
  • Understanding the practical significance of academic experiences
  • Developing appreciation for racial and class differences and perspectives

2. Project Development, Analysis, & Research

  • Identifying research topics
  • Gathering information
  • Assessing needs and interests
  • Generating ideas
  • Identifying resources
  • Developing sound research designs
  • Evaluating results
  • Translating theory into action
  • Working with community groups
  • Solving problems & thinking critically
To learn more about these and other occupations, please visit:
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Graduate and Professional Schools

Chicano Studies Graduate Programs
A list of graduate programs in Chicano Studies provided by Campus Explorer.
This is a comprehensive website that provides information about where graduate programs are offered throughout the nation.

This is a database to help find where graduate programs are offered throughout the U.S.

Come to the Career Resources Room to view the CHOICES lab version of graduate schools.

Experience Search Strategies

JobStar – Guide for specific careers
Looking for a job? Provides job openings & resources for California and beyond.

Hispanic Employment Service
Bilingual professionals with a minimum of a B.A. degree are invited to submit resume and search our database for the job of your dreams!

Jobs for Hispanics
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Hispanic Diversity Recruitment
The essential job board for Hispanic and bilingual professionals.

Hispanic Jobs
Provides a comprehensive list of manufacturers.

Latino Careers
A bilingual job board specializing in the placement of bilingual Spanish/English speaking professionals.

UCSB Career Services “Job Links” section
Check out job links in the following categories: Local/CA, National, International, Industry Specific, UCSB Careers by Majors and Diversity.

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Professional Associations

National Society for Hispanic Professionals
Provides networking for Hispanic professionals.

National Latino Professional Organizations
Associations have a combined membership of close to 200,000 nationwide.

Hispanic Professional Women's Association
HPWA is a volunteer-driven organization, non-profit corporation. Its mission is to raise awareness of the many skills and talents of Hispanic professional women and to contribute in the growth and development of the workplace and the community.

UCSB Resources

UCSB Library - Chicano Studies
This Davidson Library guide should get you started on your Chicana/o Studies research. You'll probably also want to check the guides for Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American & Iberian Studies

UCSB Department of Chicano Studies
UCSB is home to a Chicana and Chicano Studies department, Chicano Studies Institute, and a library collection devoted to the field.

Career Resource Room

UCSB Office of Student Life

UCSB Campus Organizations

  • Latino Business Association (LBA)
  • Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD)
  • Los Curanderos (LC)
  • NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)
  • Model United Nations (Model UN)
  • Mujeres Unidas por Justicia, Educacion y Revolucion (M.U.J.E.R.)
  • Chican@/Latin@ Cultural Resource Center (CLCRC)
  • Destino
  • El Congreso
  • Los Dramaticos
  • Radio Xicana (M.X.U.)