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 careers in education, government (federal, state, and local), journalism, law, and nonprofit and grassroots organizations.
The Chicana and Chicano studies major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Chicana and Chicano studies major, students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete preparation for the major: Chicana and Chicano Studies 110 and 150. (6 units);
- Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
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.
Requirements for the Major
A minimum of 33 upper division units to include 27 units selected from Chicana and Chicano Studies 301, 303, 306, 310 [or Latin American Studies 310], 320, 335 [or English 335], 340B, 350A, 350B, 355 [or Latin American Studies 355], 375, 380 [or Latin American Studies 380], 396W, 400 [or Latin American Studies 400], 405, 450, 480, 496, 497, 498, 499, 596, Women’s Studies 512; and six units selected from Chicana and Chicano Studies 340A, 376, and 410.
Download the major checklist (.pdf).
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.