OFFICE: Arts and Letters 348
TELEPHONE: 619-594-6452 / FAX: 619-594-3195
Interim Chair (Spring 2022): González-Rivera, Victoria C., Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies (B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., Indiana University)
Undergraduate Adviser (Spring 2022): Domínguez, Michael C., Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies (B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph.D., University of Colorado)
Chair (Fall 2022) and Undergraduate Adviser: Ibarra, María de la Luz, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara)
Graduate Admissions Adviser: Del Castillo, Adelaida R., Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies (A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty:
Ortiz, Isidro, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies [Senate Distinguished Professor] (B.S., Texas A&I University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University)
Hernández, Roberto D., Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Aguilar, Andrés Ehecatl, Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies (B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., California State University, Northridge; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego)
Iglesias Prieto, Norma V., Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Emeriti (M.A., Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico; Ph.D., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Butler, Maria G., M.A., 1981-2012, Lecturer in Chicana and Chicano Studies
Grajeda-Higley, Leilani, B.S.N., 1994-2014, Lecturer in Chicana and Chicano Studies
Griswold del Castillo, Ricardo, Ph.D., 1974-2007, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Hicks, D. Emily, Ph.D., 1996-2020, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
MacFarland-Thuet, Coral, B.A., 2007-2020, Lecturer in Chicana and Chicano Studies
Rodriguez, Jose D., Ph.D., 1977-2007, Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Villarino, José R., Ph.D., 1969-2001, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Chicana and Chicano studies is an interdisciplinary field that takes as its focus of study Chicana/o-Mexicana/o, other Latina/o populations, the U.S.-Mexico border/lands, and society at large. Through an academically rigorous program, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies seeks to develop bachelors of art who have a general knowledge of the history, cultures, and social life of Chicana/o-Mexicana/o communities over time in comparative and global contexts. The program provides an in-depth understanding of the social, political, and economic inequalities and challenges faced by Chicana/o-Mexicana/o and other Latina/o communities. Students will learn to critically interrogate assumptions about race/ethnicity, class, gender, citizenship, and sexuality, among other axes of power, as well as understand the influence of border/lands in marking the experiences of Chicana/o-Mexicana/o communities and society at large.
The department was created in 1969, and has its origins in the Chicano Movement, which envisioned and fought for a world free of inequality. In this spirit, Chicana and Chicano studies majors will acquire the knowledge and skills to exercise responsible leadership, effectively engage diverse communities, and advocate for social justice and equality.
Chicana and Chicano studies majors are prepared for graduate study and careers in education, government (federal, state, and local), journalism, law, and nonprofit and grassroots organizations.
All College of Arts and Letters majors are urged to consult with their department adviser as soon as possible. Students are required to meet with their department adviser within the first two semesters after declaration or change of major.
The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies.
The department has a distinguished faculty in the humanities and social sciences with special expertise in the U.S.-Mexican border and gender issues. The faculty’s multidisciplinary orientation encourages students to explore many theoretical approaches grounded on a community-oriented and borderlands theory and praxis.
The Master of Arts degree provides advanced training for students who plan to make the master’s degree their terminal degree as well as those who want to continue their studies at the doctoral level with an emphasis on Chicana and Chicano studies in a borderlands context.
The master’s degree also provides advanced training for those who want to pursue professional degrees in the fields of public health, education, counseling, law, and social work. The master’s degree provides students with the ability to work with professional competence in U.S.-Mexican environments involving populations of Mexican and Latin American origin in both the private and public sectors.
Admission to Graduate Study
The application deadlines are posted on the Web or can be obtained from the graduate adviser. All students must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing as described in Admission and Registration . In addition, students must demonstrate sufficient preparation for the program. This may include a bachelor’s degree in Chicana and Chicano studies or a related discipline from an accredited institution or completion of equivalent academic preparation as determined by the Graduate Dean. Evaluation of a student’s transcript will be made on an individual basis by the admissions committee to determine whether evidence of sufficient preparation can be demonstrated. A student whose preparation is deemed insufficient by the admissions committee may be admitted as conditionally classified and will be required to complete specified courses in addition to the minimum of 30 units required for the degree.
The grade point average required for admission to the master’s program in Chicana and Chicano studies is 3.0 for the last 60 units (2.85 overall) of the student’s undergraduate work plus satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee.
All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
The following materials should be submitted as a complete package directly to:
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
- Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;
- Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
- Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
- GRE scores (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682);
- English language score, if medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682).
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
The following materials should be mailed or delivered to:
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
(Attention: Graduate Adviser)
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6034
- Two or more letters of reference from persons with direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability;
- Personal statement;
- Research statement;
- Writing sample (such as a research paper);
- Curriculum vitae or resume.