Welcome to Chican@ Studies!

Official statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter here.

Spanish version of official statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter here.

Established in Fall 1970, the Chicana/o Studies Department emerged from Black and Chicana/o student activism, most notably the North Hall building take-over in Fall 1968 and the El Plan de Santa Barbara conference held at the Francisco Torres residential hall in April 1969. 

The UCSB Chicana/o Studies Department was the first such unit in the entire UC system.  Chicanx/Latinx student organizing, namely the 1989 and 1994 hunger strikes, strengthened the Department over time, leading to the creation of the world's first doctoral program in Chicana/o Studies which began in 2003.  The Chicana/o Studies Department engages students in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano history, culture, and politics. 

The Department is fully committed to social justice and uprooting all systems of inequality.  In partnership with affiliated faculty from across campus and Feminist and Black Studies Ph.D. emphasis programs, the Department's B.A./M.A./Ph.D. programs challenge students to link theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community.


Join us on February 1st to honor Rubén Martínez, a teacher, performer, and one of the country's leading Latino voices across various mediums and genres.


  1. Luis Leal Award
  2. Awards

An article called "A Love Letter to Chicanx Studies" was published in Volume 44, Issue 3 of the Ethnic Studies Review journal, published and distributed by UC Press. This article was written by our graduate students: Karla Larranaga, Kristian Vasquez, Juan de Dios Pacheco Marcial, and Veronica Mandujano!

  1. publications
  2. journals
  3. article

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies invites everyone to our next Fall 2021 Colloquium on November 10 at 3 PM.  Our speakers will be California State University Channel Islands Professors Frank Barajas and Jose Alamillo.

  1. November 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  1. Fall Colloquium
  2. Colloquium
  3. Fall 2021