UC Davis Today: Chicana/o Studies: Exploring culture and identity

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TANA Center inspires youth

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Chicana/o Studies: Exploring culture and identity

Students majoring in Chicana/o studies benefit from a highly interdisciplinary curriculum and unique opportunities to serve and better understand the Chicano and Latino communities. 

The major is composed of two tracks — cultural studies and social/policy studies — with each track examining the historical, social, political and ideological forces shaping the Chicana/Chicano experience in today’s world.

Led by renowned faculty, the Department of Chicana/o Studies offers valuable community involvement opportunities to students. One example is Davis Bridge, which partners with Chicana/o studies to provide free tutoring, especially to struggling Latino English language learners. Another is the Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, or TANA program, a collaborative partnership between UC Davis and Woodland that features a community art center dedicated to inspiring local youth and reinforcing culture through silk-screening, mural painting and other classes.

Graduates of Chicana/o studies typically go on to rewarding careers in public service, industry or pursue advanced degrees at top institutions.

Thanks to UC Davis’ offering of more than 100 majors, students have a wide range of opportunities to grow, learn and achieve in their chosen careers.  

UC Davis student Danny Lopez tutors fourth-grader Angel Salgado, 9, in math at Montgomery Elementary School in Davis as part of the partnership between Chicana/o studies and the Davis Bridge program. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo

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