The core of the Major in Chicana/o Studies is broken up into three Areas as follows.
History and Narrativity
The study of oral and written representations of Chicana/o experiences and cultures. Recognizes the complications of representation within and across languages. Acknowledges the challenges of representations in written documents. Investigates the constraints and opportunities within oral traditions.
The study of Chicana/o experiences and events through cultural texts, made up of both verbal and non-verbal communication and representation. Recognizes the importance of visual, audio and performative artistic representations in maintaining cultures.
The study of societal structures—from the local and home-levels to national and global scales—and the opportunities and challenges they present for Chicana/o experiences and cultures. Includes the investigation of social structures through large-scale, quantitative methods. Emphasis on the study of education, governmentality and globalization/neoliberalism.
Through these 3 areas and the additional Major Requirements, we present five aims of the Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o Studies:
- An education through culturally relevant pedagogies, committed to social justice, which presents an alternative to a Euro-centric liberal arts approach.
This prepares students for:
- Advanced degree programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Careers in Education, including K-12 teaching, counseling and administration
- Careers in the Law, as professionals engaged in policy, government and the law
- Careers in Non-Profit Organizations and Social Work;
Reminder: courses taken for the major require a letter grade.
Change of Major
If you are interested in changing your major, please complete these forms:
This form is required if you wish to pursue more than one major:
Spanish Language Requirement:
Our Spanish language requirement may be fulfilled in the following ways:
- Complete Spanish 3 at UCSB or its equivalent at another college or university.
- Achieve a score of 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish
- Achieve a minimum score of 570 on the Spanish with Listening SAT Subject Test
- Complete the third year of Spanish in high school with a grade at least C.
- Pass a UCSB Spanish language placement examination with a minimum score of 374
- or AP Spanish Language score of 3 or higher.
Information on the UCSB Spanish Language Placement Exam is available here, link: http://www.spanport.ucsb.edu/undergrad/language-program/placement. Students should review the information on this website for current information about which exam to take, exam format, lab hours and location, etc.
This information is based on the most recent Letters and Science Academic Requirements (LASAR) document: http://www.duels.ucsb.edu/advising/planning/degree
Planned Course Schedule, AY2019-2020:
This schedule of courses is subject to change. Current UCSB students should monitor the Gaucho On-Line Data (GOLD) system for official course schedule details.
|Fall 2019||Winter 2020||Spring 2020|
|1A Introduction to Chicano/a Studies||1B Introduction to Chicano/a Studies||1C Introduction to Chicano/a Studies|
|113 Critical Introduction to Ancient Mesoamerica||91JG Special Topics in Chicano Studies||110 Research Methods|
|125A Influences of the Mexican Cultural Revolution on the Formation of the Chicana/o Art Movement||109 Indigenous People and the Nation State in the Americas||133 Struggles for Equality in Chicana/o Education|
|138 Barrio Popular Culture||124L Introduction to US Xicana/o(x) & Latinx Public Art Lab||137 Xicana/o(x) Oral/Visual Traditions|
|151 De-Colonizing Feminism||148 Chicana Art and Feminism||141 Central Americans|
|154 Gender and Sexuality in the Americas||158 Spoken Word Art Performance Activism (SWAPA)||149 Body, Culture, and Power|
|172 Law and Civil Rights||158L Spoken Word Art Performance (SWAPA) Lab||156 Afro-Latina/o Diasporic Performance|
|191JJ Special Topics in Chicano Studies||161 Latina/o Youths in Global Perspective||162 Indigenous-Xican Cinema Studies: Myth/Music/Film & Popular Culture|
|195A Community Studies||167 Chicana Feminisms||162L Guerrilla Cinema Lab|
|197HA Honors Project Seminar||168E History of the Chicano Movement||166 Issues in Contemporary Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics|
|200B Cultural Texts||170A Special Topics in Chicano Studies||168B History of the Chicano|
|182 Chicano Authors||180 Survey of Chicano Literature|
|187 Language, Power, and Learning||183 Border Narrative|
|184A Chicana Writers||191AG Special Topics in Chicano Studies|
|188C Chicano Theater Workshop||191BB Special Topics in Chicano Studies|
|191DD Special Topics in Chicano Studies||191GO Special Topics in Chicano Studies|
|191EF Special Topics in Chicano Studies||191IN Special Topics in Chicano Studies|
|191MG Special Topics (Migration Studies)||193 Senior Seminar|
|195B Community Studies||195C Community Studies|
|197HB Honors Project Research||197HC Honors Project Writing|
|200A History and Narrativity||210 Research Seminar|
|222 Ethnicity and Race in the Americas|
In our department, instructors administer their own add codes. If you are interested in requesting an add code, you should contact the instructor listed on GOLD. Our faculty and instructor contact information is available in the People section of this website, and on the UCSB Directory, link: http://www.identity.ucsb.edu/.
Our department prioritizes declared Chicana/o Studies majors in registration Pass 1. Our classes open to non-Chicana/o Studies majors in Passes 2 and 3.
In order to enroll in a class that requires discussion sections, you should register in your target section in order to add the course.
Our waitlists prioritize declared Chicana/o Studies majors by class-standing, then all other majors by class-standing.
If you are waitlisted for a course with sections, then you should waitlist for more than one section in order to maximize the likelihood of enrolling in the course.
If you are interested in petitioning a course to count toward the Chicana/o Studies major, you may send the request to Professor Sandoval (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chicana/o Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies. The request should include:
- The syllabus for the course
- List the quarter that you completed the course
- Your grade
- The requirement that you wish to target with your petition.