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Chicano and Latino Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Chicano and Latino Studies CHLS Courses

Courses (CHLS)


1. Writing Skills (3)
Prerequisite: Students who score 147 or below on the English Placement Test and who have not taken equivalent courses in another department are eligible for enrollment in this course.
Basic course in writing, offering intensive practice in every stage of the writing process. Writing strategies at the level of word, sentence, and paragraph. Methods for developing and organizing ideas in coherent essays. Conventional mechanics, spelling, and grammar. Also for bidialectical and ESL students.
Does not count toward graduation, but does count toward course load. Credit/No Credit grading only.


100. Introduction to Chicano and Latino Studies (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: One course from GE category A2.
An introductory-level course which acquaints students with the social, political, economic and historic aspects of the Latino experience and examines how they are reflected through various and diverse forms of cultural expression in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F).


101. Introduction to Chicano/a and Latino/a Life (3)
Examination of four themes: 1) the cultural formation and transformation of Chicano/Latino communities; 2) the role of women in shaping Chicano/Latino culture; 3) Chicano/Latino music and visual art; 4) Mexican and Latino immigrants in American culture.


104. Composition (3)
Prerequisites: A recorded total score of 151 or above on the English Placement test, or credit in CHLS 1 (or its equivalent) or consent of the instructor.
Writing, revising, and editing non-fiction prose, with emphasis on exposition and argument. Critical reading strategies for research. Satisfies the baccalaureate degree requirement for one course in written composition in English. Also for bidialectical and ESL students.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 100W, ENGL 100, ASAM 100, B/ST 100. Letter grade only (A-F).


105. Identity and Assimilation in Chicano and Latino Life (3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: One course from GE category A2.
Explores, comparatively, the development of Chicano-Latino identities through a survey of social scientific, historical and literary sources from Mexican American and Latino regional cultures, tracing the development of societal divisions based on gender, race, ethnicity and class categories.


150. Introduction to Chicano Literary Studies (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: One course from GE category A1.
Introductory survey course in Chicano and Latino literature covering traditional and contemporary literary styles and forms from selected translated Chicano and Latino readings.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in CHLS 205.


215. U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience (3)
Prerequisities: Open only to Integrated Teacher Education Program students.
Survey of four major ethnic groups (American Indians, African American, Latino American, and Asian American) in American society from the colonial era to the present. Special attention to the formation and transformation of each ethnic group and their individual and collective roles in the development of the United States.
Same course as AIS 215, ASAM 215, B/ST 215. Departments take turns offering the course in the Fall semester. Letter grade only (A-F).


224. Introduction to Mexican Culture through its Music (3)
Prerequisite: The completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Covers the development of Mexican culture through its music from pre-Hispanic time to the present. The scope of the class includes the development of the relationship between Mexico’s political history, and its music.
Letter grade only (A-F).


230. Chicano Community Organization (3)
Analysis of Chicano community groups; emphasis on development of community organizational techniques.


258. Introduction to Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean through Music (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundations requirements.
Introduction to Latin America and Caribbean cultures through music from the pre-Hispanic era to the present. The course will focus on the historical, geographical, and political contexts of various Latin American and Caribbean musical genres.
Letter grade only (A-F).



General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

300. Chicano History (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Chicanos in the settlement and development of the Southwest and in contemporary U.S. society; Chicano experience as a U.S. minority group; emerging civil rights movement of La Raza.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as HIST 370. Not open for credit to student with credit in HIST 370.


310. Chicano Thought (3)
Study of the ideas, philosophies and events affecting Chicano life; identification and examination of the Chicano world view, of a Chicano reality.


315. Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of Aztlan and Latin America (3)
Contemporary Indigenous Nations Studies of Latin and US America focused on the Aztec, Pueblo, Taino, Maya, Pipil, Aymara, Chicaqno/Latino and Mauri in transnational contexts. Uses international indigenous film, literature, performance, history, economic, diasporic, gender, Chicano/Latino, and American Indian studies approaches.
Same class as AIS 315.


319. The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Examination of the dynamics of the development of our multicultural society, emphasizing study of the four distinct ethnic strands of American society (Asian American, Black American, Mexican American, and American Indian) and their role in the maintenance of cultural diversity in the United States.
Same course as AIS 319, ASAM 319, B/ST 319, W/ST 319. (Lecture/Discussion.)


320. Wealth and Poverty in Latino Communities (3)
Introduction to the interlocking processes of creating wealth and producing poverty in the context of Latino communities in the United States. The focus will be comparative and will critically examine theories used to explain poverty and wealth. Letter grade only (A-F).


330. Critical Issues in Chicana and Latina Studies (3)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Introduces students to four critical themes in contemporary Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship: (1) power and resistance; (2) the construction of work, family, and culture; (3) cultural representations/presentations; and (4) social and biological reproduction.


335I. Asian and Latino Immigration Since World War II (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Examines the causes of massive Asian and Latino immigration as well as major contemporary issues in the Asian and Latino communities.
Same course as ASAM 335I. (Lecture and discussion, 3 hours)


340. Latino Education in the U.S. (3)
Survey of Latinos in the U.S., including topics such as immigration, settlement patterns, employment, family, language and culture. Emphasis is on racism and the intersections of class and gender and the heterogeneity of the Latino population.
Letter grade only (A-F).


341. Asian American and Chicano/Latino Cinema (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the Foundation courses. A team-taught course that explores connections between Asian American and Chicano/Latino cinema, with emphases given to grounding issues presented in films within historical, literary, and cultural studies frameworks.
Same course as ASAM 341. Not open for credit to students with credit in CHLS 403.


342. Chicano, Filipinos, and Popular Cultures (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the Foundation courses and upper-division status.
This course is a team-taught seminar that explores the historical roots of politics of expressive and sultural practices among Chicanos and Filipinos. Special attention will be paid to themes of resistance, gender, migrations, imperialism, hybridity, and post-colonial identities and transformations.
Same course as ASAM 342. Not open for credit to student with credit in ASAM 342.


350. The Latino Population in the United States (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Survey of the comparative historical, transnational, cultural and socio-economic experience (including class, gender, immigration and settlement patterns) of the various Latino sub-groups in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as SOC 340.


352. Central American and Caribbean Peoples in California (3)
Survey of the socioeconomic conditions and cultural life of the Central American and Spanish-speaking Caribbean communities in California, such as Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban communities. Similarities and differences with the Mexican-American community will be examined.
Same course as SOC 341.


362. Chicanos and the Law (3)
Analysis of the relationship of the Chicano to the U.S. legal and judicial system. Topics include traditional sociological and criminological theories of Chicano criminality, the Pachuco image, and Chicano experiences with the police and correctional institutions.
Letter grade only (A-F).


380. Chicano/Latino Theatre (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division Status
Explores evolution of Chicano/a-Latino/a Theatre within sexual/ethnic/cultural identity context. Comprehensive analysis of theatrical texts and performance arts developed from Pre-Cuauhtemoc to contemporary Chicano/a-Latino/a playwrights.


381. Chicano/Latino Studio (3)
Praxis of Chicano/Latino narrative, spoken-word and performance art within an intertextual context. Stresses application of performance techniques from Pre-Cuauhtemoc to contemporary Chicana/Latina playwrights and performance artists.


390I. The “Hispanic” Southwest: Historical and Literary Images (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Critical, interdisciplinary examination of the portrayals of Latinos in selected historical and literary texts by Euro-American authors.


395. Latino Cultural Images in Film (3)
Critical, interdisciplinary examination of selected Latino cultural traits and values as these are depicted in motion pictures, documentaries, and other film genres.


400. Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics in the U.S. (3)
Prerequisites: Upper division Standing and completion of G.E. Foundation courses.
Interdisciplinary introduction to the history, theories, ideologies, strategies and public policy issues by which Chicanas/os and Latinas/os have struggled to achieve power and social mobility in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F).


415. Latina Women in the United States (3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Examines cultural, political, economic, and sexual forces that mold Latina women. Focus on cultural stereotypes, class, gender, identity, sexuality, and politics of race.
Same course as WST 320.


420. Chicano Heritage in the Arts of Mexico and the Southwest (3)
Historical and philosophical analysis of Indian Mestizo and Chicano plastic arts, music and dances as a way to understand the Chicano heritage.


421. Street Gangs in Comparative Perspective (3)
Analyzes the relationships of the Chicano gangs with African American, the South East Asian, and the White street gangs across the United States. Structural forces such as proletariat socialization, patriarchy traditions and problems revolving around gender identity are examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).


450A. Latinas and Revolution: Central America and Late 20th Century Mexico (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 and upper division status or consent of instructor.
Examines how war and struggles for democracy shape the social consciousness and political activism of Latinas. Uses literature, film, history, and political theory to examine the role of violence in women’s lives, community organizing, and the conceptualization of a pan-Latina feminist movement.
Letter grading only (A-F). Same course as W/ST 445A.


450B. Latinas and Revolution: Caribbean, U.S. and Early 20th Century Mexico (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 and upper division status or consent of instructor.
Examines how war, revolution, and struggles for democracy shape the social consciousness and political participation of Latinas. Uses film, literature, history, and political theory to identify differences in contexts of community struggle and points of intersection within Latina activism.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as W/ST 445B.


450I. Consequences of the Encounter: The Americas, Europe, and Africa (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation requirement, completion of one or more Exploration courses and upper-division status.
Consequences of Columbian encounter in Africa, Europe, and the Americas (1492-present). Art, Literature, and Social Sciences mesh in order to examine encounter’s relation to obliteration, suppression and creation of culture in Old and New Worlds.
Same course as RGR 450I.


470I. Latinas/Latinos: Health Status and Health Care Access (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary exploration of policies, epidemiologic, cultural factors influencing disease within Latino subpopulations, their impact upon efficient, equitable service delivery. (16 words)
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as HCA 470I.


*498. Senior Colloquium (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Analysis of issues and problems in Chicano and Latino studies. Designed as a seminar in research and methodology. The material discussed will center about a general theme selected by the instructor.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units in different semesters with different topics but no more than three units may be used to satisfy the requirements for the major.


*499. Directed Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Preparation of research reports on selected topics relating to the Mexican-American.
May be repeated for a maximum of six units. Letter grade only (A-F).