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Chicano and Latin American Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

In this page students will find information on the Degree Requirements for the Chicano Studies Major and the Latin American Studies Major. Students are also encouraged to pursue a dual major and can take the Chicano Studies or Latin American Studies as either a primary or secondary major. All majors and dual majors are required to see a CLAS adviser during their first semester on campus, students are also encouraged to check the University's Catalog.

Click here for information on the Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies Degree Requirements.

Click here for information on the Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies Degree Requirements.

Chicano Studies Major

Major requirements (33 units)

Lower-division requirements (6 units)

  • Basic Content: CLAS 3 or 5 (3 units)
  • Latin America: CLAS 70 or 72 (3 units)

Upper-division requirements (21 units)

  • U.S.-Mexico Relations: CLAS 114 or 115 (3 units)
  • Political and Economic Issues: CLAS 126 or 128 (3 units)
  • Arts and Humanities: CLAS 100, 101, 106 or 108 (see note 1) (3 units)
  • Research Methods: CLAS 142 or 116 (3 units)
  • Family and Gender: CLAS 152, 160 or 162 (3 units)
  • Education: CLAS 141 or 143 (3 units)
  • Community Service/Senior Project: CLAS 145 (see note 1) (3 units)

Approved electives (6 units)

  • Consult your advisor

General Education requirements (51 units)

Electives and remaining degree requirements* (36-42 units)

It is recommended that units in this area be utilized to complete a second major or minor. See Degree Requirements.

Total (120 units)

*This total indicates that 6 units of the following courses in 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

Contact the department chair or CLAS adviser 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 adviser. Consult your adviser or the Schedule of Courses to determine what CLAS courses also meet General Education requirements.

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.

Chicano studies majors are not permitted to take CLAS courses by CR/NC grading (unless the courses are only offered on that basis). General Education and elective units may be used toward a dual major or minor (see Dual Major or other departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator or faculty adviser for further information.

Students who are planning to do graduate work in Chicano or Latin American studies are advised to study Spanish and/or Portuguese. Liberal Studies/BCLAD students may take CLAS 145 in lieu of EHD 50 or EHD 115, but not both.

No General Education Integration or Multicultural/International course offered by the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department may be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for majors in the department.

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Latin American Studies Major

The B.A. requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the major, General Education, electives, and all university requirements.

Students seeking a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies must be in good standing with the University and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75. 

Majors need to develop proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese by graduation.  

As part of the program, students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad in Latin America, Spain, or Portugal, which is often possible with the aid of available financial resources.

Different Perspectives

Students seeking the B.A. degree will take a core set of courses offered by the Departments of Chicano and Latin American Studies, History, and Economics.

Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies

CLAS70: Introduction to Latin American Studies
CLAS114: Mexico and the Southwest 1810-1910
CLAS115: Mexico-U.S. Relations Since 1910
CLAS170: Latin American Studies
CLAS171: Brazilian Culture and Society

History Department

HIST 8: Republics of Latin America
HIST162: South America
HIST 166: United States -- Latin American Diplomacy
HIST165: Modern Mexico
HIST183: The Hispanic Southwest

Department of Economics

ECON 114: Economic Development of Poor Nations
ECON 181: Political Economy of Latin America

Students will also need to take a range of courses from the following departments and programs:

  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art and Design
  • Chicano and Latin American Studies
  • Economics
  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science