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Social Justice Studies for Transfer (AA-T)


(Associate in Arts)

Chicana/o Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, historical, political, ecological, and health discourses, practices, and experiences of Chicano/Latino community populations that are situated within a globalized society. The knowledge and skills of students who complete the requirements included: research writing, familiarity with theories of democratic principles and social justice, and to practice community engagement, service learning and/or public service. Critical thinking and effective oral and written communication skills are integrated across the curriculum, which incorporates the arts and literature, cultural studies, history, the social sciences, policy studies, service learning, and active participation for social justice. Prerequisites skills include college level reading and writing. The Chicana/o Studies Program goals include fulfilling general education, transfer requirements, university articulation requirements, and prepare students for further study in Chicana/o Studies or a social science or humanities course of study leading to BA, MA, and/or Ph.D. degrees. Chicana/o Studies provides students with career opportunities in education, social work, law, public administration, community development, the arts, ecology, and health. Most career options require more than two years of college study. Students can begin by earning an Associate’s Degree (AA) in Chicana/o Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Attend educational, cultural, or political activities related to the Chicano/a Latino/a social issues to inform your opinions, feelings, and values surrounding this population.
  • Express familiarity with Mexican and Mexican American cultural experience in written, oral or artistic ways.
  • Identify and analyze the major social issues that various Indigenous and People of Color communities and cultures, especially of the Southwest and Mesoamerican regions, have faced since having contact with European cultures, and ways they have managed their conditions over the historical eras.
  • Express in a written, oral or artistic way some of the contributions that women have made to the development of the Mexican and Mexican-American experience.

Required Courses for Major Units

ETHN 1 Introduction to Chicano Studies (3 units)

ETHN 5 Introduction to Chicana/o Culture (3 units)

ETHN 21 Chicana/o and Latina/o Health Care Issues (3 units)

ETHN 30 Survey of Chicana/o Art (3 units)

Elective Courses (select two)

ETHN 2 Introduction to Native American Studies (3 units) OR

ETHN 6 History of Race and Ethnicity in America (3 units) OR

ETHN 11 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units) OR

ETHN 15 Mexican-American History (3 units) OR

SOCIL 5 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 units) OR

SOCIL 8 Social Science Research Methods (3 units) OR

Total major units required for degree…18 units