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Program: B.A., Chicano and Chicana Studies

Chicana/o Studies Social Science Subject Matter Waiver Program

Program Description

The California State University, Northridge, Department of Chicana/o Studies Social Science Subject Matter Waiver (Bachelor of Arts) is a 54-unit program designed to prepare prospective teachers of social science/history to teach 6-12th grade students who attend California public schools. The program engages prospective teachers in core and extended study courses that are aligned with and build upon the state-adopted History-Social Science Content Standards and the History-Social Science Framework. Future teachers practice relevant history/social science tools, methods, and skills and are introduced to important concerns in schools, such as addressing the needs of Second Language Learners, undocumented students, special needs and diverse students. The program supports prospective teachers in addressing issues of equity and diversity, including incorporating ethnic studies content and perspectives into the state-adopted curriculum.

Students who have successfully completed the program will have demonstrated subject matter competency in the Social Sciences and, thus, will not be required to pass the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) Social Sciences. Students completing the program are encouraged to apply to a teaching credential program. Consult with an advisor in the Chicana/o Studies department at (818) 677-2734 for further information.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.


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