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

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M.A. in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies
Cal State University, Los Angeles


Application Deadline: April 16, 2018
Early Applicants who submit materials by Feb.15, 2018 qualify for potential funding opportunities.

The M.A. in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) 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; or work as professionals in private agencies or government service.


*Name will officially change by Fall 2018 to M.A. Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies
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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