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Our Major

Chicana and Chicano studies majors will acquire the knowledge and skills to exercise responsible leadership, effectively engage diverse communities, and advocate for social justice and equality.

Chicana and Chicano studies majors are prepared for graduate study and for a variety of careers, including careers in federal, state, and local government; social service agencies; nonprofit and community-based organizations; labor unions; transnational and transborder NGOs; and the private sector. 

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment). A minor is not required with this major.

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Required Courses for the Major (starting with General Catalog year 2022-23)

Description in process. In the meantime, please refer to the General Catalog.

Required Courses for the Major (General Catalog year 2021-22 and prior)

Please see the CCS major checklist, which notes the following three areas and courses:

Area A: Preparation

Two courses or 6 units are required from the following: 

  • CCS 110
  • CCS 150 

Area B: Core Courses 

Nine courses or 27 units are required. Students may choose from any of the below:

  • CCS 301: Political Economy of the Chicano People
  • CCS 303: Chicana and Chicano Community Studies
  • CCS 306: Mexican Immigration
  • CCS 310: Mexican and Chicano Music
  • CCS 320: Chicana and Chicano Lifestyles
  • CCS 335: Chicana and Chicano Literature
  • CCS 340A: Gender, Sex, and Politics in Colonial Mexico
  • CCS 340B: Chicana Women’s History: 1848-Present
  • CCS 350A: Chicana and Chicano History
  • CCS 350B: Chicana and Chicano History
  • CCS 355: The United States-Mexico International Border
  • CCS 375: US/Mexico Border History
  • CCS 376: Chicana and Chicano Culture and Thought
  • CCS 380: US/Mexico Borderlands Folklore
  • CCS 396W: Chicana and Chicano Prose
  • CCS 400: Mexican Images in Film
  • CCS 405: Performing Transnational Citizenship
  • CCS 450: Chicano and Latino Theatre
  • CCS 496: Selected Topics in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • CCS 497: Senior Thesis; with instructor consent
  • CCS 498: Internship in US-Mexico Border; with instructor consent
  • CCS 499: Special Study; with instructor consent
  • CCS 548: Race and Ethnicity in United States History
  • CCS 554: United States-Mexico Transborder Populations and Globalization
  • CCS 580: Chicanas and Chicanos and the Schools
  • CCS 585: Methods in Ethnic Studies Teaching: Decolonial Pedagogies in K-12 Schools
  • CCS 596: Topics in Chicana and Chicano Studies; with instructor consent

Area C: Capstone Courses

Two courses or 6 units are required. Students may choose from any of the below:

  • CCS 303
  • CCS 340A/B
  • CCS 376
  • CCS 402 

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Undergraduate Adviser

Paola Martinez
Email: [email protected]

Department Learning Outcomes (DLOs) for B.A. in Chicana/o Studies

  • Outcome 1: Students will have general knowledge about the history, cultures, and social life of Chicana/o/x communities, especially in our transborder context.
  • Outcome 2: Students will be able to define foundational concepts in the field and employ theories of race, ethnicity, class, gender/sexuality, and immigration.
  • Outcome 3: Students will be able to explain Chicana/o/x social justice efforts, especially regionally.
  • Outcome 4: Students will be able to demonstrate analytical skills to conduct basic research, using Chicana/o Studies research methods and ethics.
  • Outcome 5: Students will engage in community-based learning and service.
  • Outcome 6: Students will be able to further any existing Spanish academic language skills and their engagement with multilingual code-switching contexts.

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