The Department of Chicano/Latino Studies is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Americans of Latin American origin.

This diverse population includes people who trace their heritage to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and many other Latin American and Caribbean nations. The curriculum seeks to provide an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the language, history, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, social ecology, health, medicine, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments in Chicano/Latino communities.  The Department offers a B.A. degree in Chicano/Latino Studies, a minor, a certificate program, and a graduate emphasis. Learn more . . . 



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    Jessica Cañas-Castañeda '06, department administrator and manager and 2023 David L. Leinen Outstanding Staff Award recipient, shares what drives her management style and her more than 20-year Anteater career in the social sciences



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