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Chicana and Chicano Studies Minor

The minor in Chicana and Chicano Studies will provide all students, regardless of ethnicity, with a comprehensive understanding of the Chicanx/Latinx community, with emphasis upon the study of the Chicanx community. Lower-division courses, such as Introduction to Chicanx Culture and Chicanx History, encourage students to develop valid concepts and generalizations regarding Chicanx issues. Two upper-division courses expand on aspects of the Chicanx experience. These include Chicanx-Latinx Politics in America and Survey of Chicanx Literature. The minor will enhance the academic preparation of students planning to teach at the secondary- or elementary-level, or those who desire occupations as counselors or social service agents.

What Will I Study?

Required courses (10 credits)

  • CHST 101 Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies (5) 
  • CHST 218 Chicana/Chicano History (5)

Elective courses (15 credits)

  • CHST 201 Latinas/os in Contemporary American Society (5)
  • CHST 230 Chicanas and Latinas in US(5)
  • CHST 300 Survey of Chicano Literature (5)
  • CHST 310 Latinas and Latinos in U.S Media
  • CHST 320 Chican@-Latin@ Politics (5)
  • CHST 330 Latino Immigration to US (5)
  • CHST 331 The Latino Family in the US (5)
  • CHST 396 Food and Identity  (5)
  • CHST 340 Field Research in Chican@/Latin@ communities (5)
  • CHST 420 Readings in Decolonization (5)
  • CHST 495 Internship/Practicum (1-5)
  • CHST 496 Gender, War, and Revolution (5)
  • CHST 498 Chicano Experience (1-5)
  • CHST 499 Directed Studies: Field Research in Chican@ Studies (5)

Course Descriptions:

(satisfies the cultural and gender diversity graduation requirement)

A study of Chicano culture, providing an initial overview of its roots and conflicts. Specific components discussed are: cultural identity, customs, language, psychology and the arts.

CHST 201 Latina/os in Contemporary American Society - 5 credits
(satisfies the cultural and gender diversity graduation requirement)

This course examines the experience of the other Latinos in the United States: Puerto Rican, Cuban American and Central Americans. The course presents a brief historical overview of their entrance in American Society and a demographic comparison of significant socio-economic variables of the groups. The primary focus of the course is to examine the social and cultural profile of the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American groups in the U.S. The course covers historical, social and cultural themes, which include the impact of American institutions on identity, culture, language, the family and the future implications of immigration from Latin America.

(satisfies the cultural and gender diversity graduation requirement)

A study of Chicano history from the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, to the present. Specific themes discussed include: the Mexican American War, the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty of 1848, the economic, political and social conditions after the Anglo-American conquest of the southwest, Mexican immigrations to the U.S., Chicano labor history, the Chicano movement and other Chicano themes.

CHST 230 Chicanas and Latinas in the United States - 5 credits

Prerequisite: CHST 101 or permission of the instructor

This course provides a description and analysis of the experience of Chicanas and Latinas in the United States. The course presents a review of Chicana studies scholarship and the evolution of Chicana feminist theory. The course examines the historical, cultural, political and social-economic themes, which define the experience of Chicanas/Latinas in the United States.


This course will offer students an overview of the historical development and current trends in Chicano Literature. The course will focus on the literary forms of poetry, novel and the short story. The class will give students an understanding of various theoretical approaches utilized in critically analyzing literary works. Students will be expected to read, discuss and apply theoretical techniques on specific Chicano literary works.

CHST 310 Latinas and Latinos in the U.S Media - 5 credits
Prerequisite: CHST 101 or CHST 218

This course surveys how Latinos and Latinas have been depicted in film, news, television and other media formats in the United States. The first section of the course examines Hollywood depictions of the Latino/a experience in the film industry from the early period of U.S. cinema to contemporary representations as well as the depiction of U.S. Latinos/as in Mexican cinema. The second section examines the depictions of Latinos/as in television and the news. Finally, the course presents the emergence of Chicano cinema from the early documentary to the full length dramatic feature.


The purpose of this course is to study the political reality of Latinos in the United States: a heterogeneous group made up largely of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban American origin and others (Central and South Americans). The focus taken in this class is to look at the Latino population in term of its orientation to the political system, its institutions and actors, and their participation in the electoral process. The course will examine the political orientation of the Latino community towards power, authority, role of government and actions taken by governmental bodies and linkages to political participation. Overall, the goal of the course is for students to have a better understanding of the political experience of the second largest racial/ethnic group in the United States.

CHST 330 Latino Immigration to the United States - 5 credits
Prerequisite: CHST 101 or CHST 218

This course is a historical overview of Latino immigration from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Special attention is given to the largest Latino sub groups in the United States. This course examines the social phenomenon of labor migration and immigration from Latin America and places it in the context of political economic national inequalities. Themes covered in the course include the transnational character of Latino immigrants, the political economy of immigration, the social and cultural impact of immigrants in the U.S. Latino communities and the transnational economic links between the sending and receiving communities.

CHST 331 The Latino Family in the United States - 5 credits
Prerequisite: CHST 101 or CHST 218

This course presents an overview of the general direction of current scholarship on the Chicano/Latino family, with a special focus on basic familial structure and the dynamics of change. First, the course examines traditional interpretations and methodologies and suggests alternative theoretical perspectives. Second, the course examines research issues such as familyism, machismo, gender roles, parenting, divorce, family violence, aging, immigration and family and public policy on family life.

CHST 340 Latina/o Communities in the U.S.: Field Research in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies - 5 credits

The course is designed to accomplish three objectives. First it presents a typology of the diverse experience of Latina/o communities in the U.S. Second, it provides a critical review of theories and methods utilized in the study of the Chicano-Latino experience in the U.S. Third, it incorporates a field research component whereby students apply the theories and methods examined in the course.

CHST 396 Food and Identity .

This interdisciplinary course will examine the relationship between food and intersectional identities. As an expression of identity and subjectivity, food also marks borders between humans and non-humans, nature and culture, tradition and modernity, citizens and noncitizens, etc. From historical moments to contemporary texts, students will explore the ways in which food serves to identify Mexican Americans.

CHST 420 Readings in Decolonization - 5 credits
Cross-listed: IDST 420

Prerequisite: IDST 101 and CHST 101

This course grounds students in the theory and concepts of colonization, decolonization and indigenous peoples in America, with brief comparisons with global indigenous peoples and experiences. Through that theoretical understanding, students examine and formulate ways in which decolonization can impact and be integrated into indigenous lives and communities in a meaningful way.

CHST 495 Internship/Practicum 1-5 credits
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, and college dean.

CHST 496 Gender, War, and Revolution

This course will provide a broad overview of the political mobilization of women in Latin American conflicts. We will explore the participation of woman in revolutionary movements as combatants and other supporting and leadership roles. Specific focus will be devoted to the Nicaraguan Revolution and Counter Revolutionary war from the 1960s-1990s and how women negotiated rigid hierarchical gender structures before, during and post conflict.

CHST 498 Chicano Experience 1-5 credits FWS

Chicano topics discussed from various disciplines including the humanities and social sciences.

CHST 499 Direct Study 1-5 credit FWS

An in- depth, independent research project.

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