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General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

300. Chicano History (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
Chicanos in the settlement and development of the Southwest and in contemporary U.S. society; Chicano experience as a U.S. minority group; emerging civil rights movement of La Raza.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as HIST 370. Not open for credit to students with credit in HIST 370.

310. Chicano Thought (3)

Study of the ideas, philosophies and events affecting Chicano life; identification and examination of the Chicano world view, of a Chicano reality.
315. Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of Aztlan and Latin America (3)
Contemporary Indigenous Nations Studies of Latin and US America focused on the Aztec, Pueblo, Taino, Maya, Pipil, Aymara, Chicaqno/Latino and Mauri in transnational contexts. Uses international indigenous film, literature, performance, history, economic, diasporic, gender, Chicano/Latino, and American Indian studies approaches.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AIS 315.

319. The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Examination of the dynamics of the development of our multicultural society, emphasizing study of the four distinct ethnic strands of American society (Asian American, Black American, Mexican American, and American Indian) and their role in the maintenance of cultural diversity in the United States.
Same course as AFRS 319, AIS 319, ASAM 319, WGSS 319. Not open for credit to students with credit in AFRS 319, AIS 319, ASAM 319, WGSS 319. (Lecture/Discussion.)

320. Wealth and Poverty in Latino Communities (3)

Introduction to the interlocking processes of creating wealth and producing poverty in the context of Latino communities in the United States. The focus will be comparative and will critically examine theories used to explain poverty and wealth.
Letter grade only (A-F).

330. Critical Issues in Chicana and Latina Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Introduces students to four critical themes in contemporary Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship: 1) power and resistance; 2) construction of work, family, culture; 3) cultural representations/presentations; and 4) social and biological reproduction.

335. Asian and Latino Immigration Since World War II (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Examines the causes of massive Asian and Latino immigration as well as major contemporary issues in the Asian and Latino communities.
Same course as ASAM 335. Not open for credit to students with credit in ASAM 335. (Lecture and discussion 3 hours)

340. Latino Education in the U.S. (3)

Survey of Latinos in the U.S., including topics such as immigration, settlement patterns, employment, family, language and culture. Emphasis is on racism and the intersections of class and gender and the heterogeneity of the Latino population.
Letter grade only (A-F).

341. Asian American and Chicano/Latino Cinema (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
A team-taught course exploring connections between Asian American and Chicano/Latino cinema, with emphases given to grounding issues presented in films within historical, literary, and cultural studies frameworks.
Same course as ASAM 341. Not open for credit to students with credit in CHLS 403 or ASAM 341or ASAM 403.

350. The Latino Population in the United States (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Survey of the comparative historical, transnational, cultural and socio-economic experience (including class, gender, immigration and settlement patterns) of the various Latino sub-groups in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as SOC 340. Not open for credit to students with credit in SOC 340.

352. Central American and Caribbean Peoples in California (3)

Survey of the socioeconomic conditions and cultural life of the Central American and Spanish-speaking Caribbean communities in California, such as Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban communities. Similarities and differences with the Mexican-American community will be examined.
Same course as SOC 341. Not open for credit to students with credit in SOC 341.

362. Chicanos and the Law (3)

Analysis of the relationship of the Chicano to the U.S. legal and judicial system. Topics include traditional sociological and criminological theories of Chicano criminality, the Pachuco image, and Chicano experiences with the police and correctional institutions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

370. Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation and upper-division status. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
Comparative study of literature and culture by Chicanas/os and Latinas/os within a range of historical, social, and political contexts. Focus on narrative, poetry, film, and the visual and performing arts.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as ENGL 370. Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 370.

380. Chicano/Latino Theatre (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing
Explores evolution of Chicano/a-Latino/a Theatre within sexual/ethnic/cultural identity context. Comprehensive analysis of theatrical texts and performance arts developed from Pre-Cuauhtemoc to contemporary Chicano/a-Latino/a playwrights.

390. The "Hispanic" Southwest: Historical and Literary Images (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Critical, interdisciplinary examination of the portrayals of Latinos in selected historical and literary texts by Euro‑American authors.

400. Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics in the U.S. (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and GE Foundation requirements.
Interdisciplinary introduction to the history, theories, ideologies, strategies and public policy issues by which Chicanas/os and Latinas/os have struggled to achieve power and social mobility in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F).

415. Latina Women in the United States (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Examines cultural, political, economic, and sexual forces that mold Latina women. Focus on cultural stereotypes, class, gender, identity, sexuality, and politics of race.
Same course as WGSS 320. Not open for credit to students with credit in WGSS 320.

420. Chicano Heritage in the Arts of Mexico and the Southwest (3)

Historical and philosophical analysis of Indian Mestizo and Chicano plastic arts, music and dances as a way to understand the Chicano heritage.

421. Street Gangs in Comparative Perspective (3)

Analyzes the relationships of the Chicano gangs with African American, the South East Asian, and the White street gangs across the United States. Structural forces such as proletariat socialization, patriarchy traditions and problems revolving around gender identity are examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).

430. The Latino Transnational Experience in the Caribbean: Empire, Reform and Revolution (3)

Interdisciplinary introduction to political, economic and social processes since the Spanish American War in the Hispanic Caribbean. Focus on the relationship of imperialism, migration and diasporic communities in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F).

450. 1492 and Beyond (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, completion of one or more Exploration courses and upper-division standing.
Explores cultural changes that resulted from contact among peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas from 1492 to the present. Incorporates art, literature, social sciences, history, architecture, and related fields.
Same course as RGR 450. Not open for credit to students with credit in RGR 450.

450A. Latinas and Revolution: Central America and Late 20th Century Mexico (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1) and upper-division standing or consent of instructor.
Examines how war and struggles for democracy shape the social consciousness and political activism of Latinas. Uses literature, film, history, and political theory to examine the role of violence in women's lives, community organizing, and the conceptualization of a pan-Latina feminist movement.
Letter grading only (A-F). Same course as WGSS 445A. Not open for credit to students with credit in WGSS 445A

470. Latinas/Latinos: Health Status and Health Care Access (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary exploration of policies, epidemiologic, cultural factors influencing disease within Latino subpopulations, their impact upon efficient, equitable service delivery. (16 words)
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as HCA 470. Not open for credit to students with credit in HCA 470.

490. Selected Topics in Chicano and Latino Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Chicano and Latino Studies selected for intensive development.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

498. Senior Colloquium (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Analysis of issues and problems in Chicano and Latino studies. Designed as a seminar in research and methodology. The material discussed will center about a general theme selected by the instructor.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units in different semesters with different topics but no more than three units may be used to satisfy the requirements for the major.

499. Directed Studies (1‑3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Preparation of research reports on selected topics relating to the Mexican-American.
May be repeated for a maximum of six units. Letter grade only (A-F).


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