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Program: B.A., Chicano and Chicana Studies

Single Major

Program Description

The single major in Chicano/a Studies is a 45-unit program designed to give the student special preparation in the discipline of Chicano/a Studies through a combination of lower and upper division core requirements. The lower and upper division core requirements are complemented by three options (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Education) from which the student must take at least 6 units from two of the options. 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, urban studies and others.

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 230 Introduction to Research Methods in Chicana/o Studies (3)
CHS 270SOC/F Fieldwork in Barrio Studies (1/2)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (21 units)

3. Upper Division Electives (12 units)

Select two of the three categories below and take 6 units in each category.

A. Social Science

CHS 346 History of the Chicana/Mexicana (3)
CHS 350 Religions and Spiritualities in Chicana/o Communities (3)
CHS 360 Political Organizations and Social Movements of the Barrio (3)
CHS 361 Urbanization 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)

B. Humanities and the Arts

CHS 306 The Chicana/o in Films (3)
CHS 310 Regional Music of Mexico (3)
CHS 390 Alternative Chicana/o Press (3)
CHS 405 Chicanas/os and the Media (3)
CHS 413 Practicum in Mexican American Choral Music (3)
CHS 414/L Dance of Mexico I and Lab (1/2)
CHS 415/L Dance of Mexico II and Lab (1/2)
CHS 453 Theory and the Chicana/o Experience (3)
CHS 486A Nahuatl I (3)/CHS 486B Nahuatl II (3)

C. Education

CHS 416 Children’s Songs and Games (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 471 Chicana/o Families (3)
CHS 482 Language of the Barrio (3)

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
15 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: CHS 201 satisfies C2 Humanities; CHS 445 satisfies upper division 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.

If taken, CHS 310 satisfies upper division C1 Arts; CHS 345, CHS 346, CHS 361 and/or CHS 366 satisfies 3-6 units of upper division D1 Social Sciences.

Total Units in the Major: 45

General Education Units: 33

Additional Units: 42

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


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

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  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 communication, written communication 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.