Chicanx and Latinx Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


The Chicanx and Latinx Studies Associate in Arts Degree (formerly Chicana/o Studies Associate in Arts Degree) is designed to provide students a holistic and transdisciplinary education with a focus on the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanxs and Latinxs in the United States and across the global diaspora. Chicanx/Latinx Studies (CLS) is committed to critical theorizations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and to the interrogation of interlocking systems of oppression in order to unsettle and disrupt them. CLS cultivates activist-scholars by providing students opportunities to bridge academic study with community engagement. Graduates develop a liberatory vision for social change and acquire skills in community-centered leadership, media literacy, critical and creative thinking, and an ability to advance social justice movements for Chicanxs and Latinxs. The major prepares students for transfer and career pathways that serve Chicanx and Latinx populations in areas/fields such as education and research, community advocacy, union organizing, city planning and housing development, health and human services, mediation and conflict resolution, marketing and communications, law and policy, visual and performing arts, multicultural affairs, and more. This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 111 FWomen of Color in the U.S.3
ETHS 150 F Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 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 (6 units):6
Introduction to African-American Studies3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Introduction to American Indian Studies3
American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Race, Ethnicity and Popular Culture3
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice Movements
Cultures of Latin America3
Honors Cultures of Latin America
Latin America - Mexican Art History (formerly ART 116 F)3
Latin America - Ancient/Indigenous Art History (formerly ART 213 F)3
Survey of Chicano/a Literature3
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AF)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BF)3
Introduction to Spanish-Language Reporting3
Introduction to Latin American Literature3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Apply theories and knowledge produced by Chicanx and Latinx communities to interrogate and dismantle interlocking systems of oppression and dominant power structures.

Outcome 2: Develop a critical understanding of the intersectional histories and cultures of Chicanx and Latinx communities as they relate to larger social structures to cultivate solidarity and coalitions across lines of difference.

Outcome 3: Critically examine and actively engage with anti-colonial, decolonial, liberatory, and radical resistance strategies, practices, and movements within Chicanx and Latinx communities to advocate for the empowerment and liberation of minoritized and marginalized communities of color.

Outcome 4: Critically interrogate media and cultural productions by describing ways they construct dominant narratives and controlling images that affect the lived experiences of Chicanx and Latinx communities.

Outcome 5: Demonstrate an understanding of critical race and media literacy strategies by producing counter-narratives of Chicanx and Latinx communities that contest existing oppressive experiences, stereotypes, and social norms within society.