Dear CSUF Chicana/o Studies majors, minors and intended degree candidates:

In these extraordinary and challenging times, the department is still committed to helping our students attain academic success. For the near future, there will no "in person" or "face to face" advising. Major/minor advising will occur in various alternative formats. Most advising appointments will need:

  • your full name or official preferred name as shown on your records and your CWID
  • a detailed email of questions and "action items" or requests that you want from the advisor
    • Are you a transfer student?
    • When do you plan to graduate?
    • Are you switching majors or minors?
    • Are you changing your CHIC minor to a CHIC major? Or vice versa?
    • Do you want to double major (two BAs from within HSS or between HSS and another college)?
    • Are you a dual degree candidate (BA and BS)? Are you aware of the special policies attached to dual degree students?
    • Have you taken a lot of classes but your TDA is not reflecting it? Are you in a major that is using CHIC classes as electives?
    • Do you want to talk about graduate school or careers?
  • current TDA in PDF attached to an email


For Fall 2020 my scheduled office hours for advising are:
Mondays and Wednesdays 12-1pm
Tuesdays 10-11:15pm
Or by appointment
I am not available:
CHIC 303: MW 1-2:30pm
CHIC/AFAM/ASAM 307: 4-6:45pm
Senate Exec: Tuesdays 11:30-1pm
Senate meetings (occasional Thursdays): Thursdays 11:30-1pm
Standing meetings: there are some standing meetings that I have that are once a month.
If there are other circumstances or issues, then we can plan a Zoom meeting. Access will be through the Chicana/o Studies Canvas community site for majors and minors.  Once in the Canvas site students request appoints using Canvas' "Inbox" email feature. For new students who wish to declare the major or minor please email or call the Ethnic Studies office at:

There will be some "lag time" as I am adjusting to working and teaching from home as well as caring for my school-age child. We kindly ask for your patience and empathy as we try to help best our students reach their goals.
Alexandro José Gradilla, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chicana and Chicano Studies Department