Undergraduate Major

Chicano/Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary department organized to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Americans of Latino origin or ancestry. This diverse population includes people who trace their heritage to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and other Latin American and Caribbean nations. The curriculum is designed to provide an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the language, history, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, social ecology, health, medicine, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments of Chicano/Latino communities. The Department offers a B.A. degree in Chicano/Latino Studies, an undergraduate minor, and a graduate emphasis.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

For the most up to date information on major and minor requirements, refer to the UCI General Catalogue.

Five core courses: Chicano/Latino Studies 61, 62, 63, 101, 102.

  • Spanish 2A or its equivalent; students are encouraged to continue their Spanish language education through Spanish 2C.
  • One comparative ethnic studies course selected from either African American Studies, Asian American Studies, or Education 124. Course must focus on the study of African American or Asian American communities in the United States.
  • Four upper-division electives, one from each of the following categories: Literature, Arts, and Media (Chicano/Latino Studies 110-129); History (Chicano/Latino Studies 130-139); Inequalities Across Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Race (Chicano/Latino Studies 140-159); Health, Education, and Public Policy (Chicano/Latino Studies 160-189).
  • Three additional elective courses, two of which must be upper-division, selected from Chicano/Latino Studies courses. Electives may include Independent Study courses (Chicano/Latino Studies 199). Students may obtain credit for one of these three courses through participation in a study abroad program in Mexico. Students must consult with the Department office for additional information regarding this option.

Residence Requirement for the Major

A minimum of five upper-division courses required for the major must be completed successfully at UCI. Courses taken through the UC Education Abroad Program will be counted toward satisfaction of the residence requirement.

Optional Independent Research Project

Students are encouraged to pursue field research and write a substantial research paper on topics of their choice under the guidance of Chicano/Latino faculty members. Often, this project will grow out of issues examined in Chicano/Latino Studies 102 (Research Seminar). Research projects typically involve a combination of library research and fieldwork in the Chicano/Latino community. Methods and analytical frameworks vary depending on the student and faculty advisors. Interested students should enroll in Chicano/Latino Studies 199 (Independent Study).

Suggested Curriculum

Freshman (12 to 16 units per quarter)

  • Lower Division Writing (two courses)
  • Chicano/Latino Studies 61, 62, and 63 (three courses)1
  • Social Science 3A
  • General Education II or IV (three courses)
  • General Education VI2
  • One‐digit introductory course in Social Sciences (one course)

Students should move from 12 to 16 unit work load in the second quarter of their first year.
1These courses can satisfy General Education VII
2Foreign language requirement may be satisfied in high school prior to matriculation. Note: the major in Chicano/Latino Studies requires completion of Spanish 2A. Students are encouraged to continue through Spanish 2C.

Sophomore (16 units per quarter)

  • One‐digit introductory course in Social Sciences (one course)
  • Social Sciences 10A‐B‐C or MATH 2A‐B‐7
  • General Education II or IV
  • Spanish 2A
  • Chicano/Latino Studies lower or upper division elective (one course)

Junior (16 units per quarter)

  • Four upper division Chicano/Latino Studies courses3
  • Comparative ethnic studies course in African American or Asian American studies or Education 124
  • Two additional upper division Chicano/Latino Studies electives
  • Apply to Honors Program in Chicano/Latino Studies at end of year4

3Each course must be completed in a separate category selected from the following four: Literature, Arts, Media & Culture (CHC/LAT 110‐129); History (CHC/LAT 130‐139); Inequalities, Gender, Sexuality, & Class (CHC/LAT 140‐159); Health, Education, & Public Policy (CHC/LAT 160‐189)
4The Honors Program is open to all senior majors with an overall GPA of 3.3 and a 3.5 GPA in the major who have completed Chicano/Latino Studies 61, 62, and 63 and two upper division courses.

Senior (16 units per quarter)

  • Chicano/Latino Studies 101 (fall)
  • Chicano/Latino Studies 102W (winter, satisfies upper division writing requirement)
  • Electives
  • Chicano/Latino Studies H190A 190B‐190C if in honors program (three courses)