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Associate of Arts Degree
Chicana/o/x Studies

The Associate of Arts Degree in Chicana/o/x Studies is intended for students wishing to acquire historical, theoretical, and cultural understanding of the Chicana/o/x (Mexican-American) community from the formation of the Chicana/o/x identity up to current issues pertaining to this group. The degree program is particularly relevant to students intending to work and/or interact in environments with high concentrations of Chicana/o/x people and/or those with familial or personal ties to the Mexican- American community. This program is also intended to prepare students interested in transferring to four-year institutions as Chicana/o/x Studies majors.

As a multidisciplinary program, the Chicana/o/x Studies Degree draws upon disciplines encompassing the humanities, language and fine arts, and a number of social sciences. Specifically, issues of politics, identity, and social justice are explored while Chicana/o/x contributions to the artistic, political, economic, and cultural landscape of mainstream U.S. society are examined.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
CHST 101 - Introduction to Chicana/o/x Studies (RHC GE 6)M3.0
CHST 101 - Introduction to Chicana/o/x Studies (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory-level course examines the cultural, economic, educational, and political issues as they impact Chicana/o/x people in the U.S. Topics include Chicana/o/x identity, ethnic and racial paradigms, gender, language, race, educational attainment, immigration, labor, and poverty. Students interested in this course may include individuals with familial or personal connections to the Chicana/o/x (i.e., Mexican-American) community and/or those who intend to work in environments with high concentrations of this population.

CHST 146 - The Mexican American in the History of the United States (RHC GE 6)M3.0
CHST 146 - The Mexican American in the History of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey of the history of the Mexican/Mexican-American people in the United States presented in the context of U.S. history and government. The course begins with a discussion of the Mexican-American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and goes on to examine the Mexican-American struggle for full integration into U.S. society. Key topics include repatriation, unionism, Mexican-American soldiers on the Pacific and European war front, postwar struggles for economic and social justice, and radicalism. It concludes with an examination of the dramatic growth of the Mexican/Mexican-American population in the United States. Students interested in this course may include individuals with familial or personal connections to the Chicana/o/x (Mexican-American) community and/or those intending to work in environments with high concentrations of this population.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

Total Semester Units:13.5† 
2nd Semester
Select One: CHST 148 / SOC 148 M3.0
CHST 148 - La Chicana: The Contemporary Mexican-American Female (Same as SOC 148) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course explores the racial/ethnic identity formation of Chicanas/Mexican-origin women in the United States. Course themes include an examination of the genesis of the term “Chicana”; the emergence of Chicana feminism; and the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality in relation to the formation and study of Chicana identities. This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on methodologies from racial/ethnic studies, women/gender studies, queer studies, history, literature, sociology, and popular culture. The course is appropriate for students interested in furthering their understanding of the social construction of the Mexican-American woman.

SOC 148 - La Chicana: The Contemporary Mexican-American Female (Same as CHST 148) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory course explores the racial/ethnic identity formation of Chicanas/Mexican origin women in the United States. Course themes include an examination of the genesis of the term “Chicana”; the emergence of Chicana feminism, and the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality in relation to the formation and study of Chicana identities. This course is an interdisciplinary one, drawing on methodologies from racial/ethnic studies, women/gender studies, queer studies, history, literature, sociology, and popular culture. The course is appropriate for students interested in furthering their understanding of the social construction of the Mexican-American woman.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
Summer 1
RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
3rd Semester
HUM 130 - Contemporary Mexican-American Culture (RHC GE 7b)M3.0
HUM 130 - Contemporary Mexican-American Culture (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides a contemporary interdisciplinary examination of the most vital Mexican-American literary, artistic, musical, theatrical, social, political and historical movements. This course is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of major Mexican-American cultural contributions to contemporary society.

Select One: ANTH 102 / ANTH 102H / ANTH 125 / ART 108 / HIST 122 / HIST 131 / HIST 159 / HIST 159H / HIST 167 / HUM 125 / HUM 125H / LIT 117 / LIT 117H / LIT 149 / MUS 129 / SOC 116 / SPAN 101S / SPAN 102S / SPAN 102 / SPAN 201 / SPAN 201H / SPAN 202 M3.0†
ANTH 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course includes an extensive examination of cross-cultural diversity. Students learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed is the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing important problems in the modern world. The course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture.

ANTH 102H - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course will include an extensive examination of cross-cultural diversity. Students will learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed will be the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing problems important in the modern world. This course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

ANTH 125 - Religion, Magic, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in learning about the diverse religious beliefs and practices that exist around the world. As an introduction to the anthropological study of religion, the course includes an overview of the various forms of religious belief systems; the variety of gods and other supernatural forces; the use of myths, rituals, and ceremonies in religious practice; and the types of shamans, priests, and other religious specialists found in religious systems. The religious use of drugs is explored, along with traditional healing practices and folk medicine remedies used in many Western cultures. A survey of witchcraft, sorcery, the occult, demons, exorcism rites, sacrificial practices, and magic is included. Additionally, concepts relating to death and the afterlife (e.g., souls, ghosts, reincarnation, and zombies) are explored.

ART 108 - The Art of Mexico (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey of the art and architecture of Mexico including PreColumbian, Viceregal (Colonial) and Modern 19th and 20th centuries. Chicano art will also be examined in relation to its Mexican antecedents. Art 108 is appropriate for all students interested in art and culture and for those seeking to fulfill general education requirements in Fine Arts and Humanities, as well as all studio art and art history majors.

HIST 122 - History of Mexico (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines the cultural, social, and political history of Mexico from pre-Columbian to modern times. The course will cover pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, the Spanish conquest and the colonial period, and the national period, with special emphasis given to Mexico’s relations with the United States and its place and role in the world community. This course is designed for students interested in understanding Mexico as a nation and is also recommended for all history and most social science majors. This course is also a restricted elective for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 131 - History of the North American Indian (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course surveys the struggle of Native Americans to maintain their culture in the face of invasion and changing technology. It explores government Indian policies of removal, pacification, annihilation and assimilation, and considers present issues facing Native Americans today. This course is intended for students who wish to understand the role of Native Americans in the historical development of North America. It is recommended for all history major. This course also satisfies a course requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 159 - US Comparative History of Mexican and Asian Americans and Women (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 159 or HIST 159H)

This course surveys the roles selected minorities have played in the historical development of the United States from the earliest times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the history and cultural contributions of Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and American women. This course is intended for those wishing to fulfill the American Institutions requirement for the Associate degree and CSU, and those who desire a better understanding of the history of minorities in the United States. This course is a restricted elective for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 159H - US Comparative History of Mexican and Asian Americans & Women Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 159 or HIST 159H)

This course surveys the roles selected minorities have played in the historical development of the United States from the earliest times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the history and cultural contributions of Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and American women. This course is intended for those wishing to fulfill the American Institutions requirement for the Associate degree and CSU, those who desire a better understanding of the history of minorities in the United States, and those wishing to take the Honors version. This course is a restricted elective for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

HIST 167 - History of California (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of California history from the first aboriginal inhabitants to modern times. Cultural, political, social and economic development will be addressed in the context of history. The development of contemporary institutions and the historical context of current issues will be addressed. This course is suitable for students seeking further understanding of California’s past and present, and those preparing for a career in teaching at the elementary level. It also satisfies a course requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HUM 125 - Introduction to Mexican Culture (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 125 or HUM 125H)

This course provides an interdisciplinary presentation of vital artistic, literary, architectural, musical, political, religious and historical movements within Mexico spanning from Pre-Cortesian to contemporary times. This course is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of major Mexican cultural and historical developments.

HUM 125H - Introduction to Mexican Culture Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 125 or HUM 125H)

This course provides an interdisciplinary presentation of vital artistic, literary, architectural, musical, political, religious and historical movements within Mexico spanning from pre-Cortesian to contemporary times. This course is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of major Mexican cultural and historical developments. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program Requirements.

LIT 117 - Mexican Literature in Translation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course explores a range of Mexican literature in English translation, with a focus on major literary influences and achievements from the pre-Hispanic era to the twentieth century. Course reading and writing assignments explore indigenous literatures and myths, chronicles of the Spanish conquest, literature of the colonial period, high culture and folklore of the eighteenth century, political and modernist literature of the nineteenth century, and poetry and prose of the twentieth century. This course is designed for students interested in exploring various genres of literature, students interested in learning more about Mexican cultural expression, and students majoring in Chicano Studies.

LIT 117H - Mexican Literature in Translation Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a “C” or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course explores a range of Mexican literature in English translation, with a focus on major literary influences and achievements from the pre-Hispanic era to the twentieth century. Course reading and writing assignments explore indigenous literatures and myths, chronicles of the Spanish conquest, literature of the colonial period, high culture and folklore of the eighteenth century, political and modernist literature of the nineteenth century, and poetry and prose of the twentieth century. This course is designed for students interested in exploring various genres of literature, students interested in learning more about Mexican cultural expression, and students majoring in Chicano Studies. This course is intended for students eligible in the honors program.

LIT 149 - Introduction to Chicana/o/x Literature (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course explores a range of Chicana/o/x literature, with a focus on major texts from 1848 to the present. Course reading and writing assignments explore major cultural themes, including identity issues. Assigned readings may comprise a variety of forms and genres including essays, poetry, fiction, oral histories, corridos, and autobiography by writers from the Southwest. This course is designed for students interested in exploring various forms genres of literature, learning more about Chicana/o/x cultural expression, and/or majoring in Chicana/o/x Studies.

MUS 129 - Music in Latin American Culture (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey course designed for the student seeking an introduction to music in Latin American culture. The course will focus on the diverse musical cultures of South America, Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Emphasis will be placed on rhythmic styles and structures, as well as specific social, cultural, and historical backgrounds.

SOC 116 - Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of multi-ethnic, multi-racial societies. This course presents an overview of the structure and character of racial and ethnic relations in the United States and abroad. Students will gain knowledge of the treatment and experiences of a variety of racial and ethnic cohorts and gain insight into the complex social features of inter-group contact.

SPAN 101S - Spanish for Spanish Speakers I (4.5 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is an introduction to the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do have a Spanish language background and want to develop a better written and oral competency in the language, or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 102S - Spanish for Spanish Speakers II (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 101S with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is a continuation of the essentials of the Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The skills learned in Spanish 101S will be reviewed. The class will increase vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge to improve on the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills presented in Spanish 101S. In this course the study or verb tenses and constructions is completed. It is designed to further improve the language skills of students with a Spanish language background. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do have a Spanish language background and want to develop a better written and oral competency in the language, or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 102 - Spanish II (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or completion of 2 years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is a continuation of the study of the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The skills learned in SPAN 101 will be reviewed. The class will increase vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge to improve on the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills presented in SPAN 101. In this course the study of verb tenses and constructions is completed. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do not have a Spanish language background who wish to learn to speak Spanish or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 201 - Spanish III (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or SPAN 102S with a grade of "C" or better, or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPAN 201 or SPAN 201H)

This is an intermediate level course in which Spanish grammar is reviewed. It includes intensive practice in conversation and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture are introduced in short stories by Latin-American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communications and written skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those seeking a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 201H - Spanish III Honors (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 102 or SPAN 102S with a grade of "C" or better, or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPAN 201 or SPAN 201H)

This is an intermediate level course in which Spanish grammar is reviewed. It includes intensive practice in conversation and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture are introduced in short stories by Latin-American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communications and written skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those seeking a degree in the Spanish language. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

SPAN 202 - Spanish IV (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 201 or 201H with a grade of "C" or better or completion of four years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is the continuation of SPAN 201. SPAN 202 is an intermediate level course in which Spanish language and culture is reviewed. It stresses written and oral proficiency as well as reading comprehension and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture, literature, and history are analyzed in readings by Latin American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communication and writing skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those interested in pursuing a degree in the Spanish language.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:16.0† 
4th Semester
Select One: CHST 150 / POLS 150 M3.0
CHST 150 - Chicana/o/x Politics (Same as POLS 150) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines U.S. history and political issues relevant to the Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x community. The course provides an overview of demographic changes in the U.S. and examines political activism and political leadership. Students interested in this course may include individuals with familial or personal connections to the Chicana/o/x (Mexican-American) community and/or those intending to work in environments with high concentrations of this population.

POLS 150 - Chicana/o/x Politics (Same as CHST 150) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines United States history and political issues relevant to the Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities. The course provides an overview of demographic changes in the U.S. and examines political activism and political leadership. Students interested in this course may include individuals with familial or personal connections to the Chicana/o/x (Mexican-American) community and/or those intending to work in environments with high concentrations of this population.

Select One: ANTH 102 / ANTH 102H / ANTH 125 / ART 108 / HIST 122 / HIST 131 / HIST 159 / HIST 159H / HIST 167 / HUM 125 / HUM 125H / LIT 117 / LIT 117H / LIT 149 / MUS 129 / SOC 116 / SPAN 101S / SPAN 102S / SPAN 102 / SPAN 201 / SPAN 201H / SPAN 202 M3.0†
ANTH 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course includes an extensive examination of cross-cultural diversity. Students learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed is the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing important problems in the modern world. The course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture.

ANTH 102H - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course will include an extensive examination of cross-cultural diversity. Students will learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed will be the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing problems important in the modern world. This course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

ANTH 125 - Religion, Magic, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in learning about the diverse religious beliefs and practices that exist around the world. As an introduction to the anthropological study of religion, the course includes an overview of the various forms of religious belief systems; the variety of gods and other supernatural forces; the use of myths, rituals, and ceremonies in religious practice; and the types of shamans, priests, and other religious specialists found in religious systems. The religious use of drugs is explored, along with traditional healing practices and folk medicine remedies used in many Western cultures. A survey of witchcraft, sorcery, the occult, demons, exorcism rites, sacrificial practices, and magic is included. Additionally, concepts relating to death and the afterlife (e.g., souls, ghosts, reincarnation, and zombies) are explored.

ART 108 - The Art of Mexico (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey of the art and architecture of Mexico including PreColumbian, Viceregal (Colonial) and Modern 19th and 20th centuries. Chicano art will also be examined in relation to its Mexican antecedents. Art 108 is appropriate for all students interested in art and culture and for those seeking to fulfill general education requirements in Fine Arts and Humanities, as well as all studio art and art history majors.

HIST 122 - History of Mexico (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines the cultural, social, and political history of Mexico from pre-Columbian to modern times. The course will cover pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, the Spanish conquest and the colonial period, and the national period, with special emphasis given to Mexico’s relations with the United States and its place and role in the world community. This course is designed for students interested in understanding Mexico as a nation and is also recommended for all history and most social science majors. This course is also a restricted elective for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 131 - History of the North American Indian (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course surveys the struggle of Native Americans to maintain their culture in the face of invasion and changing technology. It explores government Indian policies of removal, pacification, annihilation and assimilation, and considers present issues facing Native Americans today. This course is intended for students who wish to understand the role of Native Americans in the historical development of North America. It is recommended for all history major. This course also satisfies a course requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 159 - US Comparative History of Mexican and Asian Americans and Women (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 159 or HIST 159H)

This course surveys the roles selected minorities have played in the historical development of the United States from the earliest times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the history and cultural contributions of Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and American women. This course is intended for those wishing to fulfill the American Institutions requirement for the Associate degree and CSU, and those who desire a better understanding of the history of minorities in the United States. This course is a restricted elective for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 159H - US Comparative History of Mexican and Asian Americans & Women Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 159 or HIST 159H)

This course surveys the roles selected minorities have played in the historical development of the United States from the earliest times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the history and cultural contributions of Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and American women. This course is intended for those wishing to fulfill the American Institutions requirement for the Associate degree and CSU, those who desire a better understanding of the history of minorities in the United States, and those wishing to take the Honors version. This course is a restricted elective for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

HIST 167 - History of California (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of California history from the first aboriginal inhabitants to modern times. Cultural, political, social and economic development will be addressed in the context of history. The development of contemporary institutions and the historical context of current issues will be addressed. This course is suitable for students seeking further understanding of California’s past and present, and those preparing for a career in teaching at the elementary level. It also satisfies a course requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HUM 125 - Introduction to Mexican Culture (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 125 or HUM 125H)

This course provides an interdisciplinary presentation of vital artistic, literary, architectural, musical, political, religious and historical movements within Mexico spanning from Pre-Cortesian to contemporary times. This course is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of major Mexican cultural and historical developments.

HUM 125H - Introduction to Mexican Culture Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUM 125 or HUM 125H)

This course provides an interdisciplinary presentation of vital artistic, literary, architectural, musical, political, religious and historical movements within Mexico spanning from pre-Cortesian to contemporary times. This course is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of major Mexican cultural and historical developments. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program Requirements.

LIT 117 - Mexican Literature in Translation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course explores a range of Mexican literature in English translation, with a focus on major literary influences and achievements from the pre-Hispanic era to the twentieth century. Course reading and writing assignments explore indigenous literatures and myths, chronicles of the Spanish conquest, literature of the colonial period, high culture and folklore of the eighteenth century, political and modernist literature of the nineteenth century, and poetry and prose of the twentieth century. This course is designed for students interested in exploring various genres of literature, students interested in learning more about Mexican cultural expression, and students majoring in Chicano Studies.

LIT 117H - Mexican Literature in Translation Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a “C” or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course explores a range of Mexican literature in English translation, with a focus on major literary influences and achievements from the pre-Hispanic era to the twentieth century. Course reading and writing assignments explore indigenous literatures and myths, chronicles of the Spanish conquest, literature of the colonial period, high culture and folklore of the eighteenth century, political and modernist literature of the nineteenth century, and poetry and prose of the twentieth century. This course is designed for students interested in exploring various genres of literature, students interested in learning more about Mexican cultural expression, and students majoring in Chicano Studies. This course is intended for students eligible in the honors program.

LIT 149 - Introduction to Chicana/o/x Literature (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course explores a range of Chicana/o/x literature, with a focus on major texts from 1848 to the present. Course reading and writing assignments explore major cultural themes, including identity issues. Assigned readings may comprise a variety of forms and genres including essays, poetry, fiction, oral histories, corridos, and autobiography by writers from the Southwest. This course is designed for students interested in exploring various forms genres of literature, learning more about Chicana/o/x cultural expression, and/or majoring in Chicana/o/x Studies.

MUS 129 - Music in Latin American Culture (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey course designed for the student seeking an introduction to music in Latin American culture. The course will focus on the diverse musical cultures of South America, Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Emphasis will be placed on rhythmic styles and structures, as well as specific social, cultural, and historical backgrounds.

SOC 116 - Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of multi-ethnic, multi-racial societies. This course presents an overview of the structure and character of racial and ethnic relations in the United States and abroad. Students will gain knowledge of the treatment and experiences of a variety of racial and ethnic cohorts and gain insight into the complex social features of inter-group contact.

SPAN 101S - Spanish for Spanish Speakers I (4.5 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is an introduction to the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do have a Spanish language background and want to develop a better written and oral competency in the language, or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 102S - Spanish for Spanish Speakers II (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 101S with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is a continuation of the essentials of the Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The skills learned in Spanish 101S will be reviewed. The class will increase vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge to improve on the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills presented in Spanish 101S. In this course the study or verb tenses and constructions is completed. It is designed to further improve the language skills of students with a Spanish language background. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do have a Spanish language background and want to develop a better written and oral competency in the language, or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 102 - Spanish II (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or completion of 2 years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following sequences of courses: SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or SPAN 101S and SPAN 102S)

This course is a continuation of the study of the essentials of Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. The skills learned in SPAN 101 will be reviewed. The class will increase vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge to improve on the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills presented in SPAN 101. In this course the study of verb tenses and constructions is completed. Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who do not have a Spanish language background who wish to learn to speak Spanish or who seek a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 201 - Spanish III (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or SPAN 102S with a grade of "C" or better, or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPAN 201 or SPAN 201H)

This is an intermediate level course in which Spanish grammar is reviewed. It includes intensive practice in conversation and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture are introduced in short stories by Latin-American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communications and written skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those seeking a degree in the Spanish language.

SPAN 201H - Spanish III Honors (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 102 or SPAN 102S with a grade of "C" or better, or completion of three years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPAN 201 or SPAN 201H)

This is an intermediate level course in which Spanish grammar is reviewed. It includes intensive practice in conversation and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture are introduced in short stories by Latin-American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communications and written skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those seeking a degree in the Spanish language. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

SPAN 202 - Spanish IV (4.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 201 or 201H with a grade of "C" or better or completion of four years of high school Spanish with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is the continuation of SPAN 201. SPAN 202 is an intermediate level course in which Spanish language and culture is reviewed. It stresses written and oral proficiency as well as reading comprehension and composition. Many aspects of Spanish culture, literature, and history are analyzed in readings by Latin American and Spanish authors. Students strengthen their communication and writing skills by analyzing these stories in Spanish. In addition to classroom discussion, students are required to complete at least 27 hours of intensive individualized oral-aural practice in the Language Laboratory via interactive websites, audio CDs, video programs, and films. The Language Laboratory work focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural practices. This class is designed for those students who wish to broaden their knowledge in Spanish as well as for those interested in pursuing a degree in the Spanish language.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Total Units for Chicana/o/x Studies AA program 60.5† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

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Students will (1) define and explain the basic terms and concepts with the field of Chicano/a Studies; (2) identify and analyze at minimum two contemporary issues affecting the Chicano/a//Latinx community.


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