Chicana and Chicano Studies Program



The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies offers a dynamic, innovative program that emphasizes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to understanding the historical experiences, contemporary social status, challenges, and accomplishments of Mexican, Mexican American, and Latino populations in the United States. Critical thinking and effective oral and written communication skills are integrated across the curriculum, which incorporates the arts and literature, cultural studies, history, the social sciences, policy studies, service learning, and active participation for social justice.

Career Options

As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, Chicana/o Studies contributes to all fields in the humanities and social sciences. The curriculum prepares students at the undergraduate level for a multitude of career options. Students earning a degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies may pursue careers in areas such as education, humanities, history, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, psychology, social sciences, political sciences, law, social work, business, the arts, and public administration.

Award Type Units
Associate of Arts Degree:
Chicana and Chicano Studies 20*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

program learning outcomes

Students who complete the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program will be able to:

  • Critical Thinking: Think critically in reading, writing, and/or speaking about topics in Chicano/a Studies, with a focus on the multiple historical factors that have contributed to the origins of the Chicano/a community in the United States, thereby identifying problems, theses, arguments, evidence and conclusions.
  • Communication: Write or speak about topics in Chicano/a Studies, with a focus on understanding and communicating the Chicano/a alternative world view as expressed in history, literature and art, thereby addressing problems, formulating theses, making arguments, analyzing and weighing evidence, and deriving conclusions.
  • Personal Actions and Civic Responsibilities: Demonstrate an ability to understand one's role in society, take responsibility for one's own actions, and make ethical decisions in complex situations.
  • Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Analyze one's own actions, see others' perspectives, and work effectively with others in groups.
  • Global Awareness: Analyze the development of the contemporary Chicano/a community in the United States by articulating similarities and contrasts among cultures, times, and environments, and demonstrate an understanding of cultural pluralism.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Associate of Arts Degree

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Courses Required for the Major: Units
CHIC 110A Introduction to Chicano Studies
CHIC 110B Introduction to Chicano Studies 3
CHIC 135 Chicana/o Literature 3
CHIC 141A United States History from a Chicano Perspective 3
CHIC 141B United States History from a Chicano Perspective 3
SPAN 201 Third Course in Spanish
SPAN 202 Fourth Course in Spanish
SPAN 215 Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
SPAN 216 Spanish for Spanish Speakers II 5
Select three from the following:
CHIC 170 La Chicana
CHIC 190 Chicano Images in Film
CHIC 210 Chicano Culture
CHIC 230 Chicano Art 3
Total Units = 20

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: Chicano Studies CHIC130 , 150 , 201 , 290 , 120 , ARTF120 , BLAS100 , HIST123 , 150 , 151, PHIL126, SOCO110, 151, 151, 151.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.