Program Overview

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano experiences, perspectives, and thought. The graduate program centers on several teaching and research specializations including creating cultural expressions, communication, language and culture, community-based studies, Chicano/Latino public policy, transnational and hemispheric migration studies, and internationalism of race, gender, and sexuality.

By providing strong analytical, communication, collaborative, problem-solving, and leadership skills, a degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies prepares students to work in diverse employment areas including:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Community Organizations
  • Government
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Medicine
  • Politics

Learning Goals

  • Students will draw on various gendered, social, historical, economic, and cultural perspectives to evaluate the historical and contemporary conditions, issues, and challenges facing diverse Mexican-descent populations.
  • Students will analyze intersectionality so as to understand the impact of the social construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality as related to diverse Chicana/o, and Latina/o communities in national and transnational contexts
  • Students will evaluate the applicability and relevance of theories and approaches to Chicana/o experiences and to the discipline.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts programs in Chicana and Chicano Studies should hold a bachelor's degree and/or a strong background in Chicana and Chicano Studies or a related field such as Anthropology, American Studies, Art History, Economics, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, or Women Studies. When applying to the programs, candidates are expected to submit a substantive letter of intent with a clear statement of research interests and goals in pursuing such investigations at the master's level.

Applicants to the Graduate program must complete and submit an online application, available on the Graduate Studies Web site. Additional required documentation includes:

  • A substantive letter of intent (3-5 double-spaced pages) that summarizes prior academic training and explains current academic and professional objectives. This letter should focus on scholarly and research interests and how they relate to the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A sample of recent written work, preferably academic work, not to exceed 30 pages.
  • One unofficial copy of transcript(s) from the university where the student received their B.A. and/or M.A. degree(s).
  • One official copy of transcript(s) from all post-secondary work. Transcripts must be sent directly to The University of New Mexico, either by your previous school's Registrar, or a third-party transcript service such as Parchments.
    • Paper transcripts should be mailed to: The University of New Mexico, Office of Admissions, Attn: Graduate Admissions, PO Box 4895, Albuquerque NM 87196-4895.
    • Electronic transcripts can be sent to apply@unm.edu. Visit Apply to UNM! for more about the application process.

Application Process

Applicants to the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department graduate program will submit all required application materials, except for official transcripts, through the online application process. The faculty Admissions Committee meets to evaluate applications three times per year. The deadlines for receipt of all application materials are as follows:

  • Spring admission, applications are due by August 15
  • Fall admission, applications are due by January 15
  • Summer admission, applications are due by November 15

Applicants should complete and submit an online application at the Office of Graduate StudiesApply Now page.

Application Fee: $50.00. Information on requesting an application fee waiver can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies' website or by directly accessing the Application Fee Waiver Request Form.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies is offered under a coursework-only option, according to regulations outlined in the Graduate Program section of the University of New Mexico course catalog. This requires the completion of a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework.

All students in the program must take the following courses:

M.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies Required Courses
Course NumberCourse Name
CCST 510Immigration and Assimilation
CCST 530Transnational Feminisms
CCST 536Chicana Studies
CCS 364

Raza Genders and Sexualities

CCS 455/555

Chicanas and Chicanos in Education

CCS 580New Approaches in Chicana and Chicano Studies
CCS 590Advanced Seminar in Chicana and Chicano Studies
CCS 586Chicanos and Latinos in a Global Society
CCS 551Cultural Expressions in Chicana and Chicano Studies
CCS 552Research Methods and Data Analysis
CCS 597Independent Study
CCS 620Practicum in Chicana and Chicano Studies
CCS 670Culture and Communication

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 33 Credit Hours
Length of Classes: 8 Weeks

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Tuition: Regular tuition and fees apply

Contact

Website: Chicana and Chicano Studies
Phone: (505) 277-6414
Email: chicanos@unm.edu