Chicana/o-Latina/o studies is concurrently a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry broadly relating to people of Latin American descent within the hemisphere, in particular within the United States and the wider diaspora. Chicana/o-Latina/o studies takes into account the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender and sexuality. These courses are distributed across four areas of concentration that make up the Chicana/o-Latina/o studies major: 1.) Border and Transnational Studies; 2.) Education: Social Justice, Formation, and Critical Pedagogy; 3.) Literature, Art and Representation; and 4.) Politics, Social Movements, and Labor. Chicana/o-Latina/o studies contributes to all fields in the humanities and social sciences, including professional programs such as education, social work, medicine and law.
Chicana/o-Latina/o studies is an intercollegiate program at the Claremont Colleges. Chicana/o-Latina/o studies emerged in the academy as a product of educational and social movements of the 1960s. These movements led to the initial creation of the program here at The Claremont Colleges in 1969, making our program the second oldest in the nation. More recently, Chicana/o-Latina/o studies has emerged as a field of inquiry relating to Latin Americans in the hemisphere and has been the site for work seeking to transcend the gaps in area studies and ethnic studies.
Rita Cano Alcala