Chicano Studies
Program Purpose: The purpose of the Chicano(a) Studies Program is to prepare students with an ability to think critically, analytically, and creatively about the Chicano(a) experience in the local and global society. Which includes comprehensive knowledge of the history and culture of the Chicano(a) in the United States. Students will also, gain an awareness of the major theories and concepts that explain the life experiences of the Chicano(a.)


Program Description: The United States of America is a racial and cultural pluralistic country. The Chicano(a) Studies program strives to begin meeting the educational obligation to a multi-cultural community. The Chicano(a) Studies Program examines the past and present experiences of Chicano(a) and others of Latin American decent. The Chicano Studies courses are designed to prepare students to serve the Chicano/Latino community, to become aware of the culture and heritage and to develop a critical assessment of the social, political and economic experience of this community. The interdisciplinary nature of our Chicano(a) Studies prepares students for transfer to four-year universities that offer upper division majors in this area. Students from this field of study find employment in areas such as education, community and social services, law, government, counseling, probation, and business. In addition, Chicano Studies provides students with many pathways for graduate work in areas that include education, history, political science, sociology, social work, women’s studies, ethnic studies, urban studies, law, and the arts.

The Chicano Studies program offers introductory courses and workshops addressing Mexican-American/Chicano heritage.

 Area Dean: Lisa Putnam
Office: LRC-354 

Department Chair: Dr. Michael Ward
Social Sciences
Phone: 805-289-6226
Office: LRC-341

Administrative Assistant: Sandy Mason
Phone: 805-289-6388

Office Assistant: Brenda Marin
Phone: 805-289-6536
Location: LRC-356

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Full-Time Instructors:

Rubisela Gamboa 
Assistant Professor of History & Chicano Studies
Phone: 805-289-6087

Part-Time Instructors*:

Nathan Lopez | 

*Part Time Instructors can be left a Voice Mail Message by calling 805-652-7779, and entering the instructor's last name when prompted.

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