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Chicana/o Studies

Director: Gary Segura

Chicana/o Studies is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the Mexican-origin population of the U.S., the second largest ethnic group in the nation. Students who major or minor in Chicana/o Studies have an opportunity to select from courses in the humanities, social sciences, and courses offered by affiliated faculty in the School of Education. The Chicana/o Studies program affords students an opportunity to explore the culture, society, economy, and politics of this important and growing segment of our national population.


A total of 60 units of course work are required for the major.

  1. Core Curriculum—Chicana/o Studies majors must take the 15-unit CSRE core curriculum including two core courses and a senior seminar taken in Autumn Quarter of the senior year. One foundational course that focuses on a non-Mexican origin group may be counted toward the 15-unit core requirement.
  2. Foundational Courses—Majors are required to take one foundational course in Chicana/o Studies. This may be either CHICANST 180E, Introduction to Chicana/o Studies, or CHICANST 166/SOC 166, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Chicanos in American Society.
  3. Thematic Concentration—Chicana/o Studies majors select a thematic concentration which allows students to customize their curriculum and to synthesize course work taken across various departments into a coherent focus. Majors complete an additional 40 units of courses relevant to the thematic concentration and approved by the adviser.
  4. Senior Paper or Honors Thesis—All Chicana/o Studies majors complete a culminating research paper under the supervision of a faculty adviser.


Students who wish to minor in Chicana/o Studies must complete one CSRE core course and one foundational course, either CHICANST 180E or CHICANST 166/SOC 166. Minors will also select a thematic concentration and choose additional courses relevant to that theme to customize their curriculum. A total of 30 units of approved course work is required for each minor.


Students in Chicana/o Studies may find the following courses useful in fulfilling course requirements in the major or minor.

Core Courses
Foundational Courses
Thematic Courses
Cognate Courses

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