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Why choose Chicano and Latino Studies at PCC?

The Chicano/Latino course series at PCC offers you an opportunity to explore a rich mosaic of culture and history. This course cluster offers an interdisciplinary study of cultural, historical, socio-economic, and political factors that have influenced the rich and varied cultures of Latinos in the US.

Course offerings in the Chicano/Latino series at PCC emphasize issues that cross borders of all kinds, including those of geography, ethnicity, economics, politics, gender, and language. Completing these courses at PCC will prepare you to meet the challenges of changing needs in shifting local, national, and international communities.

Race, Indigenous Nations and Gender studies

PCC’s Race Indigenous Nations and Gender (RING) faculty are devoted to you learning about injustice and how to address the inequities in our society. Consider taking classes in a range of RING subjects that address these concerns.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university


What will you learn?

Explore such topics as:

  • Colonial origins and development of Latino American society and culture
  • Socio-historical and political-economic experiences and cultural roots of Chicanos and Latinos in the United States today
  • Literature by well-known and emerging writers from Latinos/Chicanos in the United States

What will you do?

Courses in this area of study are designed to transfer with full credit to the Chicano/Latino Studies Certificate program at Portland State University.

You can continue your work in Chicano and Latino studies by pursuing majors such as Chicano/Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies, or American Studies as a major at a four-year university. Majors in these fields enrich learning in such areas as globalization, business, law, foreign language, social sciences, education, and health and human services.

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