Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies is concurrently a multi-disciplinary 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 is the “umbrella name” for distinct and important academic and critical inquiries which began to converge in the last twenty years. 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.
As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies contributes to every and all fields in the humanities and social sciences, including professional programs such as education, social work, medicine and law. Courses in Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies take 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 major in Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies: 1) Border and Transnational Studies, 2) Educación: Social Justice, Formation and Critical Pedagogy, 3) Literature, Art and Representation and 4) Politics, Social Movements and Labor.
Pitzer Advisers: A. Pantoja, M. Soldatenko.