Study Latin American experiences within the United States and wider diaspora, and explore the intersections with issues of race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender and sexuality.

As a major or minor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, you’ll learn about the history of people of Latin American descent within the United States and the wider diaspora. The Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies is an intercollegiate program, offering a broad array of courses covering four areas of concentration:

  • Border and transnational studies
  • Educación: social justice, formation and critical pedagogy
  • Literature, art and representation
  • Politics, social movements and labor

In these multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary classes, you’ll inquire, discuss and research issues of race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender and sexuality and how they intersect with the Latin American experience.

  • In class with Professor Tinker Salas
    In class with Professor Tinker Salas
  • In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
    In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
  • In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
    In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa

What You'll Study

  • ​One course in Chicana/o-Latina/o history
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Courses from each of the four areas of concentration
  • Service learning or community engagement component
  • Senior exercise
30
hours of community service are required for a Community Partnerships course that combines learning with meaningful change-making.

Researching at Pomona

  • Melissa Zavala '19 Chicana Major
    Curanderismo in U.S. Latinx Communities

    Melissa Zavala ’19 is looking into the holistic approaches of traditional medicinal practices in the diagnosis of patients, which consider mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

Melissa Zavala '19
Melissa Zavala ’19

Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies creates a community within The Claremont Colleges and Pomona where I feel at home. Professors like Gilda Ochoa, Martha Gonzalez and [Pitzer Professor Emeritus] Jose Calderon create classrooms where love and care radiates, allowing for students to feel welcome and comfortable from the moment one walks in. I especially like that I can see my experiences represented within the courses that are offered. The ability to learn through different mediums, like dance and music, and disciplines, like history, allow me to gain different perspectives and forms of analysis.

Faculty & Teaching

Among our Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies professors are historians, sociologists and psychologists—all of whom have won awards for their excellence in teaching. But their impact on you will extend beyond the classroom as they take you into the wider Los Angeles community to show you how to put scholarship into practice.

Professor Miguel Tinker Salas

Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies majors are uniquely prepared to navigate an increasingly global and diverse society in which Latino/as are playing an ever more important role. Rooted in the humanities and social sciences, our majors learn to explore the interrelated web of connections that exist between race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender and sexuality and their role in our contemporary society.