The Department of Chicana/o Studies is an international, cross-disciplinary program of research, teaching, and public service intending to provide U.C. Davis students an opportunity to understand and work with the experiences, values, cultural representations, and socio-economic issues of the Chicano/Latino community. Knowledge of its theoretical and methodological framework also serves students seeking comparative analysis with other populations and global communities.
The department includes a dedicated faculty of accomplished research scholars, inspiring avant-garde professionals, excellent support staff, a curriculum strong in the use of cultural expression, theory and analysis of the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, a dedication to fostering excellent student research, and support for community service activities.
The Chicana/o Studies faculty is internationally recognized for its contributions to Latin American and Chicana/o Studies scholarship, public policy, and community relations. The department's Center for Transnational Health is acclaimed for its pioneering research and service initiatives in community and public health. And, the department's Taller for artistic expression is advancing unprecedented "college-going" awareness among low-income students of Yolo County.
Our faculty is interdisciplinary, representing a variety of professional fields and perspectives. Our department supports students to ensure academic success and to build an enriched environment for learning. As a reflection of the faculty, the department offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to address the Chicana/o Experience through analysis of class, race-ethnicity, and gender. Read More