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.

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, 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
1A Introduction to Chicano/a Studies
1B Introduction to Chicano/a Studies
1C Introduction to Chicano/a Studies
110 Research Methods in Chicano Studies 
91JG Special Topics in Chicano Studies
131 Chicanas/os in Higher Education 
125B Contemporary Chicano and Chicana Art
103 Chicana/o Media
133 Struggles for Equality in Chicana/o Education 
135 Critical Race Theory in Chicana/o Education
118 The Scientific Revolution and Non-Western Epistemologies  
156 Afro-Latina/o Diasporic Performance 
138 Barrio Popular Culture 
148 Chicana Art and Feminism 
158 and 158L Spoken Word Art Performance Activism (SWAPA)
162 and 162L Indigenous-Xican Cinema Studies: Myth/Music/Film & Popular Culture
149 Body, Culture, and Power 
166 Issues in Contemporary Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics 
168B History of the Chicano 
151 De-Colonizing Feminism
167 Chicana Feminisms 
168i Latino Autobiography and History 
168E History of the Chicano Movement
168GQ Minority Autobiography and U.S. History 
172 Law and Civil Rights
168F Racism in American History 
184A Chicana Writers 
180 Survey of Chicano Literature 
170A Chicano Political Organizing: Proseminar in Theory & History 
191CH Special Topics in Chicano Studies 
188c Chicano Theater Workshop 
181 The Chicano Novel
191MD Special Topics in Chicano Studies 
195A Community Studies
182 Contemporary Chicano/a Authors 
193 Senior Seminar 
189 Immigration and the U.S. Border 
195C Community Studies
191J Special Topics in Chicano Studies 
193 Senior Seminar 
  195B Community Studies  

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.