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Chicano and Latino Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Chicano and Latino Studies Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies (code CHLSBA01) (120 units)

Requirements

Lower Division (6 units):

  • Take the following:
    • CHLS 105 Identity and Assimilation in Chicano Life (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • CHLS 100 Introduction to Chicano & Latino Studies (3)
    • CHLS 101 Introduction to Chicano & Latino Life (3)

Upper Division (33 units)

  • Take the following core:
    • CHLS 300 Chicano History (3)
    • CHLS 310 Chicano Thought (3)
    • CHLS 350 The Latino Population in the U.S. (3)
    • CHLS 498 Senior Colloquium (3)
  • Take 21 units of electives from the following:
    • Cultural Studies:
      • CHLS 315, 330, 341, 342, 380, 381, 390I, 395, 420, 450A, 450B, 450I, 490, 499
    • Social Inquiry:
      • CHLS 319, 320, 335I, 340, 352, 362, 400, 415, 421, 430, 470I, 490, 499

Departmental Language Requirement:

  • Take one of the following options:
    • 1. Two years of college Spanish;
    • 2. Successful completion of SPAN 250 Spanish for Bilinguals (6)
    • 3. A score of 4 or above on the high school advanced placement exam in Spanish language or literature;
    • 4. Successful completion of a proficiency exam.

Special Track

In addition to the general major in Chicano and Latino Studies, the department also offers a program for students who wish to complete a Special Track major in Chicano and Latino Studies. Within the Special Track, students may receive up to a maximum of 18 units of credit for upper division Chicano and Latino Studies related course work taken from other disciplines. Students wishing to pursue the Special Track major must develop an approved program of study in consultation with the Chicano and Latino Studies Department academic advisor.

The Special Track consists of 39 units total, 30 of which must be upper division, including the following:

Lower Division (9 units):

  • Take all the following:
    • CHLS 100 Introduction to Chicano & Latino Studies (3)
    • CHLS 101 Introduction to Chicano & Latino Life (3)
    • CHLS 105 Identity and Assimilation in Chicano Life (3)

Upper Division (12 units):

  • Take all of the following:
    • CHLS 300 Chicano History (3)
    • CHLS 310 Chicano Thought (3)
    • CHLS 350 The Latino Population in the U.S. (3)
    • CHLS 498 Senior Colloquium (3)

Special Track: A maximum of 18 units of upper division course work from related fields, selected with the approval of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department advisor.

Language Requirement: The language requirement may be met by one of the following options: 1) Two years of college Spanish; 2) Successful completion of SPAN 250 (Spanish for Bilinguals); 3) A score of 4 or above on the high school advanced placement exam in Spanish language or literature; 4) Successful completion of a proficiency exam.

Minor in Chicano and Latino Studies (code CHLSUM01)

Prerequisite

Proficiency In Spanish which may be met by one of the following options:

  • 1. Two years of college Spanish;
  • 2. Successful completion of SPAN 250 Spanish for Bilinguals (6)
  • 3. A score of 4 or above on the high school advanced placement exam in Spanish language or literature;
  • 4. Successful completion of a proficiency exam.

Requirements

Upper Division:

  • Take the following core:
    • CHLS 300 Chicano History (3)
    • CHLS 310 Chicano Thought (3)
    • CHLS 350 Latino Population in the United States (3)
    • CHLS 498 Senior Colloquium (3)
  • Take 12 units selected from the following courses:
    • Cultural Studies:
      • CHLS 315, 330, 390I, 395, 341, 342, 380, 381, 420, 490, 499
    • Social Inquiry:
      • CHLS 319, 320, 335I, 340, 352, 362, 400, 415, 421, 430, 470I, 490, 499

Certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies (code CHLSCT01)

Courses used to meet this certificate requirement may be counted also, where applicable, toward the General Education requirements and the degree or credential requirements of the cooperating departments.

Requirements

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree with a major in another discipline;
  • 2. A minimum of 24 units distributed as follows:
    • Take the following core:
      • CHLS 300 Chicano History (3)
      • CHLS 310 Chicano Thought (3)
      • CHLS 350 Latino Population in the United States (3)
      • CHLS 498 Senior Colloquium (3)
    • Take 12 units selected from the following:
      • Cultural Studies:
        • CHLS 390I, 395, 341, 342, 380, 381, 420, 490, 499
      • Social Inquiry:
        • CHLS 315, 319, 320, 335I, 340, 352, 362, 400, 415, 421, 430, 470I, 490, 499.