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University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, B.A.

Location(s): Main Campus


The Department of Chicana(o) & Latina(o) Studies (CLS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that takes a critical approach to understand social (in)justice, power relations, community, and global dynamics. Students are trained intensively to hone critical thinking, writing, analysis, and speaking skills-all of which our students utilize in their future careers and/or graduate school endeavors. Our mission is to train students to engage in inquiry, analysis, and action in regards to the lives, history, politics, education, art, and culture of Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, Afro-Latina/o/x and Indigenous people living in the U.S. To do so, CLS offers a solid foundation of expertise in the following focus areas:

  1. Educación y Salud,
  2. Migrations & Transborder Studies,
  3. Jotería & Muxerista/Feminista Studies, and
  4. Social and Cultural Movimientos 

Students with a degree in Chicana(o) & Latina(o) Studies pursue careers in a variety of industries including, but not limited to public health, politics, education, nonprofit work, journalism, law, business, and the arts. The program includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, a minor in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, and a Masters of Arts degree in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies. The department also offers minors in Central American Studies and Mesoamerican Studies.

The total number of units for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies is 120 to 136 units. The Core Courses total 36 units.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in three options: 

Option 1 - General Program - requires 12 units, is intended for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x experiences. 

Option 2 - Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Waiver - requires 65-66 units, is for students interested in pursuing a K-8 teaching credential after their bachelor’s and would allow them to waive the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam through an approved set of completed accredited academic coursework.  

Option 3 - Integrated  Multiple Subject Credentialrequires 96-97 units, is intended for those students who want to earn their K-8 teaching credentials while earning their bachelor’s.


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Requirements for Major (48 - 136 units)


Requirements for Core (36 units)


Requirement for Options (12-97 units)


Option I: General Option (12 units)


Upper-Division Required Courses (12 units)

Complete a total of 4 courses, one from each of the following focus areas, include at least two 4000-level courses.

Option II: Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Waiver (65-66 units)


A grade of C or higher is required in all courses used to meet the major requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Waiver Option.

Option III: Integrated Multiple Subject Credential (96-97 units)


A grade of C or higher is required in all courses used to meet the major requirements for this option.