Carolyn Hodge
General Education Building, Room 309F
Department Co-Chair
Dr. Agustin Palacios
General Education Building, Room 309C

La Raza Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides students with an in-depth analysis of the rich life experiences of Chicanas/os and Latinas/os in the Americas. The program emphasizes comparative and trans-border study of Latinos/as and indigenous people. Three major areas of focus include historical study, contemporary social issues, and literature. A degree in La Raza Studies will help students develop professional skills, ethical integrity, leadership skills, and access to professional networks and/or advanced degree programs.

Some possible careers:

Government careers law, education, Social Work, Journalism, politics, counseling, international relations, creative writing, Public Administrator Research, and Police Officer.

Program Student Learning Outcome statement:

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Chicanos/as and Latinos/as as a distinct group, and within a political, social, and personal context.
  • Explain the history of Chicano/a and Latino/a struggles for political empowerment and access to U.S. political institutions.
  • Explain the cultural experience and contributions of Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the U.S.
  • Explain processes of Latino racial and ethnic formations.