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Chicano-Latino Studies Minor

The minor in Chicano Studies will provide all students, regardless of ethnicity, with a comprehensive understanding of the Chicano/Latino community, through its Chicano studies course offerings. Emphasis is placed upon the study of the Chicano community. Lower-division courses, such as Introduction to Chicano Culture and Chicano History, encourage students to develop valid concepts and generalizations regarding Chicano issues. Two upper-division courses expand on aspects of the Chicano/a experience. These include Chicano-Latino Politics in America and Survey of Chicano 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 (25 credits):
  • CHST 101 Introduction to Chicano Culture (5)
  • CHST 218 Chicano History (5)
  • CHST 300 Survey of Chicano Literature (5)
  • CHST 320 Chicano-Latino Politics in America (5)
  • CHST 340 Latina/o Communities in the U.S.: Field Research in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies (5)
  • CHST 499 Directed Studies (1-5)
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.

(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.

This course provides a description and analysis of the experience of Chicanas and Latinas in the United States. First, the course presents a review of Chicana Studies scholarship and the evolution of Chicana Feminist Theory. Next, the course examines the historical, cultural, political and socio-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 320 CHICANO-LATINO POLITICS IN AMERICA  CHST 340 Latina/o Communities in the U.S.: Field Research in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies 5 credits- 5 credits
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 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 499 Direct Study 1-5 credit                                                                                                             An in- depth, independent research project.

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