Program: Chicano and Chicana Studies, B.A.

Single Major Option

Program Description

The single major in Chicano and Chicana Studies is a 45-unit program designed to give the student special preparation in the discipline of Chicano and Chicana Studies through a combination of lower and upper division core requirements. Students must also take at least nine units from upper division electives in any of the following areas: Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Education, and/or Environmental Justice and Public History. The major is particularly suited for those students preparing to enter the fields of teaching or social work. It is also a preparation for those intending to enter various graduate and professional fields, such as history, sociology, psychology, library science, political science, social welfare, law, and urban studies, as well as careers related to environmental justice.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (12 units)

CHS 100 Chicana/o Culture (3)
CHS 201 Survey of Mexican Literature in Translation (3)
CHS 246 Contemporary Issues of the Chicana (3)
CHS 270SOC/F Fieldwork in Barrio Studies (1/2)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (24 units)

3. Upper Division Electives (9 units)

Electives in upper division Chicana/o Studies are to be selected with the advice and approval of the advisor.

Preapproved CHS Electives

Social Science

CHS 346 History of the Chicana/Mexicana (3)
CHS 347 Indigenous Intellectual History (3)
CHS 360 Political Organizations and Social Movements of the Barrio (3)
CHS 361 Urbanization and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 362 Contemporary Indigenous Migrations and Diasporas (3)
CHS 364 World Migration and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 366 Women in Latin America (3)
CHS 420 The Chicana/o in the U.S. Economy (3)
CHS 470 Cultural Differences and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 473 The Chicana/o and Social Institutions (3)

Humanities and the Arts

CHS 306 The Chicana/o in Films (3)
CHS 308D/DL Days of the Dead: Chicana/o Perspectives on Death, Spirituality and Art (2/1)
CHS 310 Regional Music of Mexico (3)
CHS 350 Religions and Spiritualities in Chicana/o Communities (3)
CHS 382 Literary Constructions of Chicanx Identity (3)
CHS 390 Alternative Chicana/o Press (3)
CHS 405 Chicanas/os and the Media (3)
CHS 409 Chicana/o Studio Art in Painting (3)
CHS 414/L Dance of Mexico I and Lab (1/2)
CHS 415/L Dance of Mexico II and Lab (1/2)
CHS 476/F Healing Traditions in Chicana/o Communities (2/1)
CHS 486A Nahuatl I (3)
CHS 486B Nahuatl II (3)


CHS 333 Language and Society: Chicanas/os and Other Language Minority Children (3)
CHS 416 Children’s Songs and Games (3)
CHS 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools (3)
CHS 430 The Chicana/o Child (3)
CHS 431 The Chicana/o Adolescent (3)
CHS 432 Counseling the Chicana/o Child (3)
CHS 433 Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and ESL Speakers (3)
CHS 434 Current Educational Theories of Chicanas/os in the Schools (3)
CHS 480/F Chicana/o-Latina/o Children’s Literature in Communities (2/1)
CHS 482 Language of the Barrio (3)

Environmental Justice and Public History

CHS 467 Environmental Justice and Chicana/o Communities (3)
CHS 448 Chicana/o Public History (3)

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

18 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: CHS 380 or CHS 381 satisfies upper division C2 Humanities; CHS 331 satisfies upper division D1 Social Science; CHS 445 satisfies D3/D4 Constitution of the United States/State and Local Government; CHS 270SOC/F satisfies E Lifelong Learning; and CHS 100 and CHS 365 satisfy F Comparative Cultural Studies. The Ethnic Studies (ES) requirement is met through coursework in the major.

If taken, CHS 310 satisfies upper division C1 Arts; CHS 345, CHS 346, CHS 347, CHS 361, CHS 362 or CHS 366 satisfies D1 Social Sciences.

Total Units in the Major: 45

General Education Units: 30

Additional Units: 45

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Chair: Gabriel Gutierrez
Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 148
(818) 677-2734

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Chicana Studies will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to think critically, analytically and creatively about the Chicana/o experience in the local and global society.
  2. Demonstrate competency in oral, written and research skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of creative and performance arts.
  4. Acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Chicana/o history, culture, arts, language and sociopolitical issues.
  5. Acquire the leadership skills that will promote social change in Chicana/o communities and broader society.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Chicano and Chicana Studies - AA-T in Global Studies (2023-Present)

Chicano and Chicana Studies - AA-T in Social Justice Studies (2023-Present)

Chicano and Chicana Studies - AA-T in Spanish (2023-Present)

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