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

  • Diabetes medical equipment. Creative Commons: Victor Casale, Flickr
    A Deeper Look into Diabetes in the Latino Community

    Karla Molina ’15 looked beyond biomedical perspectives on diabetes to patients’ sociocultural forms of health management, such as herbal medicine and healers.

  • Vietnam War Memorial. Creative Commons: Hugh Gage, Flickr
    Latinos in the Vietnam War and Latinos in the Salinas Valley

    Isabel Garcia ’14 examined the significant impact of the Latino population on the Vietnam War and the impact of the war on the Latino community.

Adriana Gonzalez
Adriana Gonzalez ’18

Individuals who are determined to be involved in policymaking, social justice…or learning about history from an often unheard perspective would benefit from…[Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies] courses. I've learned to value the moral discussions I have had in my classes because the texts we analyze apply to our everyday life.

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.