For more than four decades, Southern California has been the heart of the Chicana/o Movement, as students throughout the region have organized around issues of social justice, cultivated leadership, and promoted social, economic, and political equality. In 2006, in response to student requests, Rio Hondo College established a Chicana/o Studies Program.
The Chicana/o Studies Program and its respective Associate of Arts Degree is multidisciplinary as it draws from humanities, language and fine arts, and the social sciences. This course of study focuses on the experiences of Mexican Americans with the intent of recognizing the socio-historical, political, and economic contributions of Mexican Americans to United States development. The Chicana/o Studies Program is particularly relevant for students intending to work with and/or interact in environments with high concentrations of Chicanos and /or those with familial or personal ties to the Mexican American community. This program also prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions as Chicana/o Studies majors and/or other social science and humanities majors.