Undergraduate Program

Over the past four decades, the Department has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on history and narrativity, cultural production and social processes. Courses probe the roots of traditions beginning in the indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America and extending into the many areas of contemporary American society, including politics, education, literature, the arts, and religion. Chicana and Chicano Studies scholars develop the necessary analytical and methodological skills to better understand the experiences of Chican@s, Latin@s, and other under-represented minority ethnic communities.


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.

This information is based on the most recent Letters and Science Academic Requirements (LASAR) document: http://www.duels.ucsb.edu/advising/planning/degree


Tentative Course Offerings, AY2018-2019:

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 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019


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 Armbruster-Sandoval (armbrust@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.