Welcome to the Department of Chicana/o Studies!

For general inquiries please contact us at chidept@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-2421, M-Th, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m (PT).

For advising appointments, please use appointments.ucdavis.edu or contact Alma Martinez (almartinez@ucdavis.edu).

For information about our 2023-2024 course schedule, please view Major/Minor Tab for list. 


Why Study Chicana/o Studies?

Welcome to the Department of Chicana/o Studies!

Thank you for visiting our website and we hope we can help cultivate your interest in Chicana/o Studies. One of your first questions may be 'What can I do with a degree in Chicana/o Studies?' so please continue reading and explore the options this path can take you!

What can I do with a degree in Chicana/o Studies?

The Chicana/o studies major provides a unique opportunity to serve and understand the Chicano/Latino community. Policy-makers must know specifics about the people, comprehend and appreciate the culture and understand how to work with this fast-growing community. The major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum which focuses on the Chicana/Chicano experience through an analysis of class, race-ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and cultural expression within the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanas/os in the Americas.

Real World

Chicana/o Studies majors have gone on to a variety of exciting opportunities. The Cultural Studies emphasis prepares students for professional work in cross-cultural education, cultural/art centers, artistic expression and communication. The Social/Policy Studies orients students towards careers in human service delivery, community development, legal services assistance, health services, social welfare and education. Many students go on to advanced professional studies or graduate students in related fields. Program alumni include a college president, a member of the California Legislature, teachers, librarians and social workers.