Chicana/o Studies Associate in Arts Degree


The Chicana/o Studies Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary examination of the unique histories, cultures, and experiences of Chicanxs and Latinxs in the United States. Students will analyze historical themes and contemporary issues through the development of a transnational-global perspective and a critical intersectional understanding of race, ethnicity, class, gender and power. Chicana/o Studies provides students a space to develop a vision for positive social change and to bridge academic scholarship with action by engaging in liberatory practices that aim to eliminate social inequities and all forms of oppression. Graduates acquire group-centered leadership skills, knowledge of self, media literacy, critical thinking skills and an ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations. The major prepares students for both transfer and graduate studies as well as careers that serve Latinx populations in areas/fields such as public and business administration, human and health services, marketing and communications, research and education, politics and government, fine and performing arts and multicultural affairs. This degree requires a total of 18-20 units.

Required Courses (15 units):
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 150 F Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
ETHS 151 F Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
ETHS 152 F Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
ETHS 153 F Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
or ETHS 153HF Honors Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues
Restricted Electives (3-5 units):3-5
Cultures of Latin America3
Art History: The Art of Mexico3
Art History: Pre-Columbian Art3
Survey of Chicano/a Literature3
Women of Color in the U.S.3
Introduction to African-American Studies3
Ethnic Studies Independent Study1
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
History of the Native Americans3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice
Ethnic Studies Advanced Independent Study1
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AF)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BF)3
History of California3
Introduction to Spanish-Language Reporting3
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3
Introduction to Latin American Literature3
Introduction to Women's Studies3
Honors Introduction to Women's Studies
Total Units18-20

Outcome 1: Summarize the key terminology, theoretical orientations, principles and methods used in the field of Chicana/o Studies.

Outcome 2: Identify and explain historical trends and common themes in Chicana/o history from the Mesoamerican era to the present.

Outcome 3: Identify the cultural, political and socioeconomic heterogeneity that exists within and between Latina/o communities.