Associate in Arts Degree Chicana/o Studies


The Associate in Arts Degree in Chicana/o Studies is designed to provide students with a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary examination of the experiences of persons of Mexican descent in the United States. Students will analyze issues pertaining to the Chicana/o (Mexican-American) community in particular while holistically developing a critical understanding of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in American society.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units
  4. complete all graduation requirements, and
  5. have an overall GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Students pursuing more than one specified departmental/area major may double count a maximum of 7 units to fulfill major requirements. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses (15 units):
ETHS 101 C American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
or ETHS 101HC Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 150 C Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
ETHS 151 C Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C)3
ETHS 152 CChicana-o History II3
ETHS 153 C Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Elective Courses - Select three units from the following:3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America3
Latin American Art3
Introduction to African-American Studies3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Native American History3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
Asian Pacific American History3
American Social Justice Movements3
History of Latin America I3
History of Latin America II3
History of Mexico3
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC)3
History of California3
Total Units18