Chicano Studies, B.A.

Department

Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies

Dr. Cristina Herrera, Chair
Social Science Building, Room 211
559.278.2848
www.fresnostate.edu/socialsciences/clas

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Chicano Studies, B.A.
BA in Latin American Studies, B.A.
MN in Chicano/Latino Studies, Minor
MN in Latin American Studies, Minor

Courses Offered

Chicano and Latin American Studies (CLAS) is an interdisciplinary department that has been successful in presenting a highly informed, active, and challenging view of the Chicano/Latino experience in the United States and in U.S./Latin American relations. Chicano and Latin American Studies provides an opportunity for a pluralistic exchange of ideas in an interdisciplinary academic setting, where faculty, students, and visiting Chicano and Latin American scholars can share experiences and create a dynamic, intellectual environment.

The Chicano and Latin American Studies Department is designed to meet the following objectives:

  1. to promote an awareness of the historical and cultural roots of Chicanos/Latinos in the United States
  2. to enhance an understanding of Latin America
  3. to cultivate an appreciation of ethnic and national differences among all people
  4. to critically analyze the Chicano and the Latin American experience in terms of significant issues, theories, current problems, and solutions, and
  5. to provide students with a set of important professional skills to be utilized as they interact creatively and constructively with Chicano/Latino communities and multicultural society at large.

The department emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of family life, history, politics, culture, and the arts of Chicano and Latin American communities. The courses reflect an integrated approach in providing students with greater knowledge and understanding of the social reality and diversity of Chicanos and Latin Americans.

Requirements

Chicano Studies Major Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a double major and can take the Chicano Studies either as a primary or secondary major. Chicano Studies majors and double majors are required to see a CLAS advisor during their first semester on campus.

1. Major requirements (33 units)
Lower-division requirements (6 units)
Basic Content: CLAS 3 or 5 (3 units)
Latin America: CLAS 70 (3 units)

Upper-division requirements (21 units)
U.S.-Mexico Relations: CLAS 114 or 115 (3 units)
Political and Economic Issues: CLAS 128 or CLAS 130 (3 units)
Arts and Humanities: CLAS 100, 102W,106 or 108 (see note 1) (3 units)
Research Methods: CLAS 150 or 120 (3 units)
Family and Gender: CLAS 141, 160 or 162 (3 units)
Education: CLAS 143 (3 units)
Community Service/Senior Project: CLAS 145S or CLAS 172S (see note 1) (3 units)

Approved electives (6 units)
Consult your advisor.

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
It is recommended that units in this area be utilized to complete a second major or minor. See Degree Requirements.

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details. General Education also may be applied to the Chicano studies major: CLAS 9 in G.E. C1, and CLAS 3 or 5 in G.E. D3.

Advising Notes

  1. Contact the department chair or CLAS advisor for list of approved electives. A maximum of 3 units from CLAS 106, 107, 108, 145, and 180T can be used to fulfill 3 units of electives, but students must secure proper and final approval from the department chair or CLAS advisor.
  2. Consult your advisor or the Schedule of Courses to determine what CLAS courses also meet General Education requirements.
  3. If the Chicano studies major is taken as a second major, CLAS courses taken to complete General Education Integration requirements also can be used to satisfy major requirements.
  4. Chicano studies majors are not permitted to take CLAS courses by CR/NC grading (unless the courses are only offered on that basis).
  5. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or other departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator or faculty advisor for further information.
  6. Students who are planning to do graduate work in Chicano or Latin American studies are advised to study Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  7. Liberal Studies/BCLAD students may take CLAS 145S in lieu of EHD 50 or EHD 115.

Faculty

The Chicano and Latin American Studies Department consists of faculty whose teaching and research expertise cover a broad spectrum, including anthropology, education, history, sociology, political science, Latin America, Latino literature, and the arts. The department is home to one of Central California's premier Mexican folkloric dance programs, Los Danzantes de Aztlán. This performance troupe is the only group of its kind in the entire CSU system to be designated as an official representative of a CSU campus (Fresno). The offices of the department also serve as a resource center for many of the Chicano/Latino student organizations and as an information center for the community.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.

Roadmap

B.A. in Chicano-Studies

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Careers

ARTE AMERICAS CASA DE LA CULTURA

Chicano and Latin American Studies provides an opportunity for a pluralistic exchange of ideas in an interdisciplinary academic setting, where faculty, students, and visiting Chicano and Latin American scholars can share experiences and create a dynamic, intellectual environment.

Chicanos and other Latinos will soon be the largest ethnic group in California. Demographers estimate that in California 40 percent of the population will be of Mexican or Latino ancestry by the year 2030. This segment of our population will have a major impact on our society, as its presence translates into an increasing economic and political influence. Crucial social, economic, and political decisions will be made that affect this group and the nation at large. The growth of Latino-owned businesses, Spanish language media networks, and political organizations are all indicators of the importance of the Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. economy.

The department emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of family life, history, politics, culture, and the arts of Chicano and Latin American communities. The courses reflect an integrated approach in providing students with greater knowledge and understanding of the social reality and diversity of Chicanos and Latin Americans.

What You Can Do

Pursue a career in:

  • U.S.-Mexico Relations
  • Teaching and Education
  • Social Work and Counseling
  • Law
  • Government work

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Music of Mexico and the Southwest
  • Critical Thinking in Chicano and Latin American Studies
  • Chicano Literature
  • Cultural Change and the Latino

What You Can Learn

The Latino population's contribution to the development of a multicultural nation during the late twentieth century

About Latin America and its nations, history, problems and realities

Chicano artistic expression with attention to cultural continuity

Analysis of the customs, values, belief systems, and their symbols

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

email
Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

Address:
5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Social Science Building, Room 117
(559) 278-8352 or email us
Mailing Address:

5340 North Campus Drive M/S SS97
Fresno, CA 93740-8019