Chicano/Latino/a Transnational Studies has three primary purposes. The first is to understand the history of the Chicano/Mexican people and other Latinos living in the Americas. The second is to use these experiences as an analytical window into broader social processes such as social stratification, global economics, Diasporas, forced and voluntary migration, social reproduction, social movements, racial formation, political engagement, interlocking axes of sexuality, gender, race and social class. The third is to connect the classroom to the community through the application of critical pedagogy, participatory research, and community-based learning.
Pitzer Advisers: S. Portillo Villeda
Student Learning Outcomes
The Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies offers a dynamic course of study meant to immerse students within the following content areas:
- Border and Transnational Studies;
- Education: Social Justice, Formation, and Critical Pedagogy;
- Literature, Art, and Representation; and
- Politics, Social Movements, and Labor.
Students who successfully complete our course of study and meet the requirements for the major or minor, fulfill the following learning outcomes:
- Students will be able to analyze major theories, paradigms, and methods used to study Chicana/o and Latina/o communities and apply them in a research project;
- Students will be able to critically examine and interpret cultural expressions of Chicana/o and Latina/o communities within a critical context;
- Students will be able to evaluate the historical experiences of the Chicana/o and Latina/o people within the structures of this hemisphere; and
- Students will be able to critically analyze how Chicana/o and Latina/o identities and cultural practices are constructed from within specific contexts and lived experiences.