Aug 11, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Chicana and Chicano Studies, BA


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The BA in Chicana and Chicano Studies, offered by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies , provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of Chicana/o Studies as well as insights and skills to analyze and work with Chicanx-Latinx communities to address the issues they face. The degree encompasses three different areas of emphasis: Cultural & Creative Expression, Institutions & Community Engagement, and Transnationalism & Global Relations.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 50
Major Requirements 40
University Electives 30
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

University Requirements


Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education (30 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with the a major advisor for details.

Upper Division General Education (9 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with the major advisor for details.

American Institutions (6 units)


Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies (/AMS 1B ; 12 units) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B /HUM 2A /HUM 2B ; 24 units) sequences satisfy the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education (2 units)


All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units)


At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found in the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  section. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements.

Major Requirements (40 units)


Lower Division Core (4 units)


Additional Upper Division Courses (21 units)


All Majors will select a specific specialization area and will take 9 units in that area and 6 units in each of the other two areas for a total of 21 units.

University Electives (30 units)


Students may choose 9 3-unit university or Chicana and Chicano Studies electives. Students are encouraged to enroll in a minor or second major.

Total Units Required (120 units)


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