California State University, Fullerton

Chicana and Chicano Studies

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Dagoberto Fuentes

DEPARTMENT OFFICE
Humanities 314

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://hss.fullerton.edu/chicano

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies
Option in Chicano Studies
Minor in Chicano Studies

FACULTY
Isaac Cárdenas, Robert F. Castro, Dagoberto Fuentes, Erualdo González, Alexandro José Gradilla, Patricia Pérez

ADVISERS
All full-time faculty

INTRODUCTION
Chicana and Chicano Studies offers an outstanding interdisciplinary education. Highlights of our program include the following:

Great Credentials
The department has developed a challenging curriculum that is especially relevant in our growing multicultural society. Increasingly, public and private employers are recognizing the need for professionals who can relate to Chicano and other Latino populations. A number of employers have expressed a sincere interest in hiring well-rounded individuals with marketable skills and who have in-depth knowledge relating to these communities. The Chicana and Chicano Studies Department takes great pride in preparing graduates who can fulfill these criteria.

Exciting Classes
Our department offers challenging coursework that explores racial politics, history, education, literature, law and immigration, civil rights, feminism, socio-economics, the Chicana/o family, art, music and film. Particular emphasis is given to other Latino cultures in the United States. Students emerge from this challenging major armed with powerful analytical tools, a strong expertise in subject matter, and a newfound appreciation for the complexity of the Chicana/o experience. Frequently, our students conduct important research under the supervision of our superb faculty. Several classes offer student opportunities to internationalize their educational experience. Some seminars also provide students with the chance to strengthen local communities through service-learning internships. Finally, coursework and learning are continually reinforced through technology-based assignments.

Outstanding Faculty
Our faculty members are internationally recognized scholars who hold doctorate and professional degrees from prestigious universities. Several have won prestigious grants and fellowships and all are eager to share their enthusiasm about the field of Chicana and Chicano studies.

Teaching Credential
Because Chicana/o Studies is interdisciplinary, the major provides a particularly appropriate background for elementary school teaching (K-8) and secondary school teaching (7-12). Undergraduate majors are encouraged to work closely with the CSUF Center for Careers in Teaching at 657-278-7130. Working closely and collaboratively with the center will help speed majors toward obtaining their credentials in a straightforward and efficient manner. With careful planning, it may be possible to enter the credential program in a student’s senior year. Postgraduate students should contact the Admission to Teacher Education Office in the College of Education at 657-278-3352 to obtain information on attending an overview presentation.

Excellent Jobs After Graduation
Our graduates are very well prepared to excel in a variety of areas. Many have found rewarding careers as counselors, social workers, law officers, community organizers, and work in various local, state and federal agencies. Alumni have also gone to study at prestigious professional schools of business and law, as well as graduate programs in history, political science, anthropology, and ethnic studies. We look forward to having students learn more about the extraordinary opportunities that await them as a Chicana/o Studies major at California State University, Fullerton.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ETHNIC STUDIES OPTION IN CHICANO STUDIES
The Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies (Chicana/o Studies) requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the option, General Education, all university requirements, and free electives.
A total of 36 units from the following courses are required for the option.

Lower Division (6 units)
Chicana/o 106 Intro to Chicano Studies (3)
Chicana/o 220 Mexican Heritage (3)

30 Additional Units
Required Courses (9 units), selected from the following:
Chicana/o 330 The Evolution of Mexican Literature (3)
Chicana/o 331 The Chicano Child (3)
Chicana/o 340 Mexican/Chicano Intellectual Thought (3)
Chicana/o 345 History of the Chicano (3)
Chicana/o 353 Mexico Since 1906 (3)

Upper-Division Writing Requirement (3 units)
Chicana/o 307 Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies (3)
OR English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)

Electives (18 units minimum)
Courses to be selected from remaining Chicana/o Studies curriculum, of which only six units maximum of lower-division elective courses may apply.

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MINOR IN CHICANO STUDIES
The minor in Chicano Studies consists of 24 units in the following areas:
Required lower-division courses (6 units)
Chicana/o 106 Intro to Chicano Studies (3)
Chicana/o 220 Mexican Heritage (3)

Required upper-division courses (9 units)
(to be selected from the following)
Chicana/o 330 The Evolution of Mexican Literature (3)
Chicana/o 331 The Chicano Child (3)
Chicana/o 340 Mexican/Chicano Intellectual Thought (3)
Chicana/o 345 History of the Chicano (3)
Chicana/o 353 Mexico Since 1906 (3)

Approved Electives
Nine units of approved coursework in lower- and upper-division classes that are selected in consultation with the department adviser.

GRADUATE STUDY
The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies offers courses for advanced study in the following graduate degree programs:
Master of Science in Education: Bilingual/Bicultural Concentration
Master of Arts in Spanish: Bilingual Concentration

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CHICANA AND CHICANO STUDIES COURSES
Courses are designated as CHIC in the class schedule.

CHIC 101    Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic Studies 101)
Units: (3)

CHIC 102    Communication Skills

Description: Basic communication skills, including oral and written expression. A unit on the mechanics of writing and reporting on a term paper is included as part of the course.
Units: (3)

CHIC 106    Introduction to Chicano Studies

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education (G.E.) Category III.C.1. Role of the Chicano in the United States. The Chicano’s cultural values, social organization, urbanization patterns, and the problems in the areas of education, politics and legislation. One or more sections offered online.
Units: (3)

CHIC 108    Linguistics and Minority Dialects

Description: (Same as Linguistics 108)
Units: (3)

CHIC 190    Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities

Description: (Same as History 190 and Afro-Ethnic Studies 190. Fulfills Title V, Statutory Requirements.)
Units: (3)

CHIC 220    Mexican Heritage

Description: Basic characteristics of the Mexican, especially the Chicano, society and culture from 1519 to present. Emphasizes arts, literature and history of Mexico and the Chicano in the United States.
Units: (3)

CHIC 302    Ancient Mexican Culture

Description: Historical and cultural survey of principal pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and their significance to Mexican society.
Units: (3)

CHIC 303    Cultural Differences in Mexico and the Southwest

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.C.1. Cultural conflicts in Mexico and the Southwest as seen by the intellectual thinkers of Mexico and the United States. Urban and rural problems.
Units: (3)

CHIC 304    Music of Mexico

Description: (Same as Music 304)
Units: (3)

CHIC 305    The Chicano Family

Description: The Chicano family’s development as an American social institution. Historical, cross-cultural perspectives, and the social and psychological dynamics of the Chicano family are discussed.
Units: (3)

CHIC 306    Barrio Studies

Description: Prerequisite: Chicana/o Studies 220. Major characteristics of the barrio. Supervised fieldwork in the barrio is required. Analysis of the barrio or an agency within the barrio will be made after fieldwork is completed. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours fieldwork)
Units: (3)

CHIC 307    Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies

Description: (Same as Afro 307 and Asian American 307)
Units: (3)

CHIC 313    La Chicana

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.C.1. Cultural influences that the family, religion, economic status and community play upon the lifestyles, values and roles held by Chicanas. One or more sections offered online. (Same as Women’s Studies 313)
Units: (3)

CHIC 315    Chicano/Latino Theater

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.B.1. or III.B.2. Analysis of contemporary Chicano/Latino theater in relation to its historical evolution. Emphasizes plays, playwrights and theater groups expressing the Chicano/Latino experience. Extensive play reading. (Same as Theater 315)
Units: (3)

CHIC 316    The Chicano Music Experience

Description: Mexican folk and popular music and its relationship to the culture of Mexico. Pre-Cortesian period to the present in Mexico and Southwestern United States.
Units: (3)

CHIC 330    The Evolution of Mexican Literature

Description: Prerequisite: completion of the G.E. Category III.B.2. Survey and analysis of the Nahautl, Mexican and Chicano literature from pre-Columbian period to present.
Units: (3)

CHIC 331    The Chicano Child

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.C.1. The Chicano child from preschool through grade six. Emphasizes motor, physical, social, intellectual, emotional growth and development and their effect on school adjustment and achievement. Field observation of preschool and grade school children required.
Units: (3)

CHIC 332    The Chicano Adolescent

Description: Prerequisite: completion of the G.E. Category III.C.1 The Chicano adolescent’s social, intellectual and emotional growth and development. Bicultural pressures from the barrio, family structure, school and achievement values.
Units: (3)

CHIC 333    Mexican Literature Since 1940

Description: Literature of Mexico since 1940: Carlos Fuentes, Rodolfo Usigli, Xavier Villarrutia, Juan Jose Arreola, Octavio Paz, Laura Esquivel and Juan Rulfo. Other contemporary authors may be included.
Units: (3)

CHIC 336    Main Trends in Spanish-American Literature

Description: Main currents of Spanish-American literature emphasizing contemporary works. Relation between the artistic expression and the ideological values of the period.
Units: (3)

CHIC 337    Contemporary Chicano Literature

Description: Prerequisite: Chicana/o Studies 106 or 220. Modern Chicano writers in the United States: Alurista, Corky Gonzales, Octavio Romano, El Teatro Campesino and major Chicano magazines and newspapers. Other contemporary writers may be included.
Units: (3)

CHIC 340    Mexican/Chicano Intellectual Thought

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.B.2. Emergence of the Chicano movement dealing with political, economic and sociological facets. Writings of Nahautl, Spanish, Spanish-American, Chicano and contemporary writers. Not applicable for graduate degree credit.
Units: (3)

CHIC 345    History of the Chicano

Description: Prerequisite: completion of the G.E. Category III.C.1. History of the Chicano from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The Chicanos’ changing role in the United States, their cultural identity crisis and their achievements.
Units: (3)

CHIC 350    Mexican Life and Culture

Description: (Same as Latin American Studies 350)
Units: (3)

CHIC 353    Mexico Since 1906

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category III.C.1. Mexican Revolution of 1910, stressing the political, economic and social aspects, as well as its contributions in the fields of art, literature and social reforms.
Units: (3)

CHIC 360    Chicanos and the Law

Description: Relationship between Chicanos and the legal and judicial system, including the administration of justice, Chicano-police relations and prison system.
Units: (3)

CHIC 367    Latino/a Spirituality and Religion

Description: (Same as Comparative Religion 367)
Units: (3)

CHIC 450    The Chicano and Contemporary Issues

Description: Socioeconomic and political problems confronting the Chicano, including proposed solutions. Effect that social institutions have had on the Chicano community.
Units: (3)

CHIC 460    The Chicano and Politics

Description: Theory of urban politics and evaluation of issues that affect the Chicanos and American society. Evaluations and surveys will be made on political organizations in Hispanic-surnamed communities. (Same as Political Science 460
Units: (3)

CHIC 480    The Immigrant and the Chicano

Description: Mexican immigration to the United States and its social, economic and political impacts on the Chicano and non-Chicano communities and other immigrant groups.
Units: (3)

CHIC 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing and approval by the department chair and instructor(s) in charge of directing the study. An opportunity to study independently under the guidance of the faculty on a subject of special interest and approved by instructor.
Units: (1-3)

CHIC 599    Independent Graduate Research

Description: Prerequisites: consent of instructor and classified status. Individual research for Chicana and Chicano Studies components in Master of Arts in Bilingual Studies (Spanish), Master of Science in Bilingual Education (Education) and related programs. Maximum of 3 hours credit.
Units: (1-3)

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