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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog

Chicano and Latino Studies, BA

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The Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the historical, political, social, educational, economic, and cultural developments that affect Latino communities in the United States. The CALS BA provides an excellent background for students preparing for careers in education, social services, law, business, counseling, civic leadership, and community organizing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students pursing a program of study in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Develop the ability to conduct empirical research using qualitative methods, to develop a research plan by focusing on the mechanics of research design.
  2. Become conversant with contemporary social theories (Marxism, postcolonialism, feminism, critical race theory) that explain the relationship of Latinos, as individuals and as a group, to social institutions and public policy in the United States.
  3. Understand the history of Latinos in relation to the development of the United States, and to the continuing racialization of this population in the United States
  4. Understand the importance of race as a category of social stratification and oppression, and the importance that differences in national origin, mode of immigration, citizenship, skin color, gender and sexuality have in shaping experiences and tension with the Latino population.
  5. Explore the contributions Latinos have made to American artistic and cultural production, and to social, labor, cultural, and political activism.
  6. Understand Latino histories in the U.S. with attention to distinct periods and regions, and how Latin American immigration has affected the United States socially, economically, culturally and politically.

Capstone Project

All CALS majors complete a Capstone project during their senior year in one of the following classes:

(Exceptions must be approved by the student’s advisor and Department Chair. Speak to your advisor about the Capstone before your senior year.


Total Units

GE units: 48

Major Core units: 20

CALS Core Elective units: 4

CALS Elective units: 12

University Elective units: 36

Total units required for graduation: 120

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