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First Floor, Graham Hall
Phone: 915.747.5462
Fax: 915.747.6501

Chicano Studies offers a variety of courses from a number of disciplines. These courses are designed to impart knowledge about the Mexican-origin population, and its distribution in the U.S., as well as its history, literature, culture, economic features, social issues, and language. Chicano Studies is designed to provide individuals with the opportunity to prepare for:

  1. careers in community development programs and teaching at all levels;
  2. further study in the fields of the humanities, social science, law, and education;
  3. advanced study in cultural, gender and American studies; and
  4. professional studies such as law and health.

All courses listed in this interdisciplinary program are open to students meeting the academic prerequisites. Students may start at the sophomore level. Credit can be counted toward:

  1. An interdisciplinary major in Chicano Studies (30 semester hours of core courses)
  2. A minor (18 hours): Social Science Option, Humanities Option, Fine Arts Option, and Interdisciplinary Option.

Students desiring to pursue one of these programs should consult the Chicano Studies Director to determine a course of study suitable to their interests and professional needs.


Bachelor of Arts


PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Dennis Bixler-Marquez


Dennis Bixler-Marquez
Contact Information:; 915-747-5462
Education: BA, The University of Texas at El Paso; M.Ed, The University of Texas at El Paso; MA, Stanford University; Ph D, Stanford University, 2018

Howard Campbell
Contact Information:; 915-747-6525
Education: Ph D, University of Wisconsin, 2018
Research Interests: Cultural anthropology, Mexico, U.S.-Mexico border, Latin America, drug trafficking, political movements, bohemian movements, Greater Mexican culture, U.S.-Mexico border culture, Mexican indigenous cultures.

Ernesto Chavez
Contact Information:; 915-747-6591
Education: BA, University of California at Los Angeles; MA, University of California at Los Angeles; Ph D, University of California at Los Angeles, 2018

Charles Elerick
Contact Information:; 915-747-7041
Education: BA, The University of New Mexico; Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018

Associate Professor

Roberto Avant-Mier
Contact Information:; 915-747-6588
Education: Ph D, University of Utah, 2018
Research Interests: Communication/Media studies, Critical/Cultural studies, Latino(a)/Chicana(o) studies, Popular Music, and Intercultural Communication

Eduardo Barrera
Contact Information:; 915-747-6516
Education: Ph D, University of Texas at Austin, 2018

Frank Perez
Contact Information:; 915-747-6287
Education: BA, University of Texas at El Paso; MA, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, University of New Mexico, 2018
Research Interests: Chicana/o studies (i.e., identity issues), intercultural communication, Latina/o studies, popular culture, mass media, public art

Assistant Professor

Larisa Veloz
Contact Information:; 915-747-6277
Education: BA, University of California, Davis; MA, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph D, Georgetown University, 2018