Graduate Program

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Ph.D. program trains scholars as interdisciplinary researchers equipped to work from a broad range of perspectives, approaches, and methodologies. Chicana and Chicano Studies graduate work foregrounds theoretical research and structures a curriculum that centralizes the multiplicity of Chicana/o identities. Graduate training in Chicana and Chicano Studies empowers students to challenge traditional research paradigms that assume objectivity and neutrality while ignoring layers of race, gender, class, and other privileges. The Ph.D. degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies furthers the struggle toward social justice by linking theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community.

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies graduate curriculum implements interdisciplinary study under the understanding that all social phenomena are produced by a complex interplay of three factors: 1) historical forces and developments, 2) social structures and processes, and 3) cultural production. The interrelationship of these three factors produces the outcomes and experiences that are of central interest in Chicana and Chicano Studies. The three subfields of the graduate program thus correspond to these areas and represent an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates understanding from all three areas—historical, social/political, and cultural. In this sense, the three subfields are a grounding foundation of the interdisciplinary mission of the department’s graduate program.


Please note: The Fall 2016 application for the Ph.D. program in Chicana and Chicano Studies is not yet available. Please check back in mid-October for updated information.