Undergraduate Program

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.

Cultural Production

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. 

Social Processes

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:

  1. 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:

  1. Advanced degree programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Careers in Education, including K-12 teaching, counseling and administration
  3. Careers in the Law, as professionals engaged in policy, government and the law
  4. Careers in Non-Profit Organizations and Social Work;


Major Requirements

Reminder: courses taken for the major require a letter grade.

Current Major Requirements

Change of Major

If you are interested in changing your major, please complete these forms:

Change of Major Petition

Chicana/o Studies Major Requirements

This form is required if you wish to pursue more than one major:

Memo of Understanding for Double Majors

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 


Add Codes:

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.

Course Descriptions:

Chicana/o Studies General Catalog

Petition Process

If you are interested in petitioning a course to count toward the Chicana/o Studies major, you may send the request to Professor Sandoval (sandoval@chicst.ucsb.edu), 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.