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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.

Visit our courses page for further details.

Required Courses for the Major

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 

Important Links

Undergraduate Adviser

Dr. Michael Domínguez (Spring 2022)
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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If you want to change your major, add a major, or add a minor, please follow the directions and fill out the form on the Office of the Registrar page.

Please see the individual checklist for either the major or minors. 

For the major, this checklist includes area A (prerequisites); area B (core courses); and area C (capstone courses). A total of 37 units are required.

For the major, you will note that in addition to nine upper division core courses, two lower division prerequisite courses are required (CCS 110 and 150) as well as two upper division capstone courses (you may choose from CCS 303, 340A/B, 376, 402). Please be advised that not all courses that count toward the capstone are offered every semester; we do however, offer at least two courses that count toward the capstone every semester.

Nine courses (27 units). Please see checklist, area B. 

Our major is designed to be flexible and offer you the possibility of choosing courses that best fit your interests. You can choose from any of the courses listed and take the core courses in any sequence. 

Please be aware that our 500-level courses may have a core course as a prerequisite or require instructor approval.


If you take CCS 303 or 340A or B or CCS 376 as part of your area B (core) courses, you may not also use these as your capstone courses (area C on the checklist). In spring of 2022, we will offer a new capstone course, CCS 402. 

In your first semester as a transfer student, please choose from Area B: Core Courses. These are listed on the Major Checklist.  We recommend that you choose from the 300-level courses offered during this first semester.

The CCS major does not require you to have a minor field of study. You may wish to do so, however, as there are many fields of study that pair well with the CCS major. 

The University has a Request for Adjustment to Academic Requirements (RAAR) form that is used to make any changes in your program of courses.

It can be used to make any non-standard changes to your academic program (release courses from major to minor, match up study abroad coursework, make course substitutions). You should email the CCS Undergraduate Adviser, who will fill out the form with you.

Yes! However, keep in mind that our 500-level courses may have mandatory prerequisites, including instructor approval. You are responsible for satisfying all prerequisites. Note that 500-level courses are mixed graduate/undergraduate courses, but there will be different requirements for undergraduate students than for the graduate students in the class. 

CCS majors are eligible for a number of competitive internal scholarships here at SDSU, and you may be eligible for other, more general scholarships available from external sponsors. Check the SDSU scholarships website for general opportunities, and search for scholarships related to the major.


Yes; CCS 110 and 150 may be taken at a community college. In order for these courses to transfer, however, we must have an articulation agreement with these colleges. One easy way to check whether this is the case is to input relevant information in the Transfer Admission Planner for the major.

Download the fillable PDF:  Change of Major/Minor forms
Fill in the portion of the form where your information is required, check the box that says delete minor/major, and verify that the information you added was saved.  Then  email the form to the major advisor for her signature.