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Chicana and Chicano Studies

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Fifty Years of Chicana/o Studies

CHICANA/O STUDIES DEPARTMENT OFFICE STATUS - RESOURCES UPDATED FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020

Due to recent precautions issued by the Chancellor's Office regarding COVID-19, the Department office will be accessible remotely effective immediately, until further notice. For inquiries, please email us at chsstaff-l@csun.edu and include a detailed message that includes your full name and contact phone number.  Somebody will get back to you as soon as possible. 

COVID-19 RESOURCES


CHS Scholarships Now Open! Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2020

MEChA / Chicana/o Studies Scholarship

La Raza Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Operation Chicano Teacher (OCT) Scholarship

FOR Chicana/o Studies Foundation Scholarship - NEW - Deadline to Apply: May 25, 2020


Chicana and Chicano Studies is an Area Studies field that advances a critical understanding of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience in the United States.  Courses reflect a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of Chicana/o and Latina/o histories, politics, culture, language and education.

Chicana/o Studies was established in 1969 in response to the educational needs of Chicana/o students.  At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Rodolfo Acuña was recruited by students, faculty, and community and became the Department's founding faculty member.  Courses were designed to provide students with an awareness of the social, political, economic, historical and cultural realities in our society. It  was structured as an inter-disciplinary, area studies department in order to offer a Chicana/o critique and perspective within the traditional disciplines. 

Initially, the mission of the department was primarily to meet the needs of the Chicana/o student. In the intervening years that mission has been broadened to meet the needs of the credential student preparing to teach in our schools and to provide a multicultural and enriching experience to all students in the university. A Master of Arts program was subsequently developed and now prepares students for academic, public service, education, artistic and cultural performance careers.

As demographics change, the Department has compiled a critical mass of faculty, a community of scholars and practitioners in their respective fields, to prepare US students as well as exchange and foreign students to critically assess cultural expression, power relations, intellectual inquisitiveness, and the process of student and community self actualization in an increasingly global world.

Currently the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge is the largest of its kind in the country housing 25 full time and 35 part time professors. Between 160-170 class sections are offered every semester. 

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FEATURED DEPARTMENT NEWS & EVENTS

Freedom and Voice: Celebrating Chicana/o Studies Faculty and Student Scholarship and Activism - Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Chicana/o Studies and Mono Lake Outdoor Education Center Water Conservation Program - Summer 2019