Chicano Studies, B.A.


Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies

Chicano Studies Major Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a double major and can take the Chicano Studies either as a primary or secondary major. Chicano Studies majors and double majors are required to see a CLAS advisor during their first semester on campus.

1. Major requirements (33 units)
Lower-division requirements (6 units)
Basic Content: CLAS 3 or CLAS 5 (3 units)
Latin America: CLAS 70 (3 units)

Upper-division requirements (21 units)
U.S.-Mexico Relations: CLAS 114 or CLAS 115 (3 units)
Political and Economic Issues: CLAS 128 or CLAS 130 (3 units)
Arts and Humanities: CLAS 100, CLAS 102W,CLAS 106 or CLAS 108 (see note 1) (3 units)
Research Methods: CLAS 150 or CLAS 120 (3 units)
Family and Gender: CLAS 141, CLAS 160 or CLAS 162 (3 units)
Education: CLAS 143 (3 units)
Community Service/Senior Project: CLAS 145S or CLAS 172S (see note 1) (3 units)

Approved electives (6 units)
Consult your advisor.

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
It is recommended that units in this area be utilized to complete a second major or minor. See Degree Requirements.

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details. 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. D2.

Advising Notes

  1. Contact the department chair or CLAS advisor 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 advisor.
  2. Consult your advisor or the Schedule of Courses to determine what CLAS courses also meet General Education requirements.
  3. 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.
  4. Chicano studies majors are not permitted to take CLAS courses by CR/NC grading (unless the courses are only offered on that basis).
  5. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or other departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator or faculty advisor for further information.
  6. Students who are planning to do graduate work in Chicano or Latin American studies are advised to study Spanish and/or Portuguese.


The Chicano and Latin American Studies Department consists of faculty whose teaching and research expertise cover a broad spectrum, including anthropology, education, history, sociology, political science, Latin America, Latinx literature, and the arts. CLAS hosts the yearly Latin American Film Festival to bring Latin American films and filmmakers to the Central Valley. The department is home to one of Central California’s premier Mexican folkloric dance programs, Los Danzantes de Aztlán. This performance troupe is the only group of its kind in the entire CSU system to be designated as an official representative of a CSU campus (Fresno). The offices of the department also serve as a resource center for many of the Chicanx/Latinx student organizations and as an information center for the community.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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B.A. in Chicano-Studies

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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Chicanxs and Latinxs are the largest ethnic group in California. This segment of our population will have a major impact on our society, as its presence translates into an increasing economic and political influence. Crucial social, economic, and political decisions will be made that affect this group and the nation at large. The growth of Latinx-owned businesses, Spanish language media networks, and political organizations are all indicators of the importance of the Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. economy.

Chicano Studies majors are trained to analyze social issues, to think critically, and to conduct research. All majors receive applied as well as theoretical training with a school or community agency to observe firsthand the social issues and theories which they study. These skills are useful in professional life and are valued in the public and private sectors.

Students of non-Latinx origin find that Chicano and Latin American Studies courses are personally rewarding because they enable them to understand and relate to persons of different social and cultural backgrounds. Chicanx and Latinx students find these courses highly conducive to strengthening their sense of identity and pride in their heritage.

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Chicano Studies or Latin American Studies, or who minor in Chicano/Latino Studies and Latin American Studies work in such fields as education, public administration, psychology, marketing, journalism, social services, and throughout the public and private sectors. Physicians, educators, lawyers, counselors, civil service employees, and other professionals have found that training in Chicano and Latin American studies improves their abilities to serve their clients and enhance their employment and advancement opportunities.

Students with a B.A. in Chicano Studies can enter master’s or doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences and in professional schools in such areas as Chicanx studies, ethnic studies, anthropology, political science, history, public administration, Latinx literature, multimedia, social work, and education. Also, students are encouraged to pursue double majors and minors; one in Chicano Studies and the second in a professional area of their preference. Students with questions related to their future careers or seeking advising assistance should consult with the major and minor advisors of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department.

What You Can Do

Pursue a career in:

  • U.S.-Mexico Relations
  • Teaching and Education
  • Social Work and Counseling
  • Law
  • Government work

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Music of Mexico and the Southwest
  • Critical Thinking in Chicano and Latin American Studies
  • Chicano Literature
  • Cultural Change and the Latino

What You Can Learn

  • The Latino population's contribution to the development of a multicultural nation during the late twentieth century
  • About Latin America and its nations, history, problems and realities
  • Chicano artistic expression with attention to cultural continuity
  • Analysis of the customs, values, belief systems, and their symbols

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

Mailing Address:
5340 N. Campus Drive, MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Social Science Building, Room 226A
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Fax: (559) 278-6468

Mailing Address:
5340 North Campus Drive, M/S SS97
Fresno, CA 93740-8019