The UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is home to the second Chicana/o Studies Ph.D. Program in the UC System. The launching of the graduate program in Fall 2012 was a significant hallmark in the history of the department. Graduate study in the Chávez Department will provide students with the interdisciplinary research tools necessary to advance knowledge in the field, provide academic leadership, and serve community needs with academic resources.
Our interdisciplinary graduate program exposes students to the wide range of theories, methodologies, technologies, pedagogies, and epistemologies that intersect the systematic study of Chicanas and Chicanos, and of other Latinos/as in the U.S. Graduate students in Chicana/o Studies will be trained to critically analyze Chicana/o life, history, and culture in the context of an increasingly complex global, transnational society, and to help shape the future direction of its academic discourse.