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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: M.A., Chicana/o Studies


The Master of Arts in Chicana/o Studies consists of 33 units.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission

Minimum University GPA requirement for admission to Graduate Studies at CSUN is a 2.50 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units.

B. Requirements for Classified Status

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An appropriate score on the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other acceptable examination.
  3. A passing score on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.

C. Requirements for the Degree

A minimum of 33 units is necessary to graduate from the master’s program in Chicana and Chicano Studies. In particular, students are required to take 30 units of coursework and 3 units for the thesis or graduate project. A 3.0 grade point average or higher is required for all coursework in the program. The University provides students 7 years from the date students are admitted to complete the requirements for this degree.

1. Core Requirements (12 units)

All students are required to take the following courses in their first year of the program:

CHS 500 Seminar in Chicana/o Studies (3)
CHS 501 Seminar in the Social Sciences and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 502 Seminar in the Humanities and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 507 Seminar in Chicana/o Studies Research Methods (3)

Enrollment in CHS 500 and 501 occur in the Fall semester, and enrollment in CHS 502 and 507 occurs in the Spring.

2. Electives (18 units)

Students are required to take six elective courses (18 units). Four of the six elective courses (12 units) must be 500-level courses in Chicana/o Studies. The remaining two elective courses (6 units) must be approved 400- and 500-level courses in Chicana/o Studies or may be taken outside of the department with prior approval of the coordinator.

3. Comprehensive Evaluation (3 units)

Students enroll in CHS 698 (3 units) or CHS 697 (3 units) during the semester the M.A. is completed. A comprehensive evaluation in the discipline of Chicana/o Studies in the form of any one of the following: (a) Thesis, (b) Oral and Comprehensive Exam or (c) Project is required.

Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 33


Chair: Gabriel Gutierrez
Associate Chair: Christina Ayala-Alcantar
Jerome Richfield (JR) 148
(818) 677-2734 and (818) 677-2735

Graduate Coordinator: Yarma Velazquez
(818) 677-3314

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a refined ability to think critically, analytically and creatively beyond the undergraduate level about the Chicana/o experience in the local and global society.
  2. Demonstrate strong oral, writing and research skills.
  3. Demonstrate a sufficient level of expertise in a particular field within the discipline, having read most of the literature in that area, and be able to develop and teach a course in that field.
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of the creative and performance arts in the expression of Chicana/o identities and social issues.
  5. Master a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Chicana/o Studies history, culture, arts, language and socio-political issues.
  6. Choose an area of research within Chicana/o studies and contribute to this area through the thesis project.
  7. Develop further leadership skills that will promote social change in Chicana/o communities and the broader society.