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Bachelor of Arts

The previous Chicano and Latino Studies BA requirement, before Fall 2023, is shown toward the bottom of this page.


For students with the previous BA catalog (before Fall 2023):

The Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the historical, political, social, educational, economic, and cultural developments that affect Latino communities in the United States. It provides an excellent background for students preparing for careers in education, social services, law, business, counseling, and community organizing.


CALS Core Requirements
Class NumberClass TitleUnits
CALS 350Latino Cultural Studies (Spring)4
CALS 442Gender, Race and Class (Spring)4
CALS 445Chicano/Latino History (Spring)4
CALS 458Chicano and Latino Studies Research and Methodology (Fall)4

And one of the following courses: (3-4 Units)

  • CALS 160B: CALS Learning Community (C3)
  • CALS 219: The Latino Experience (D1)
  • CALS 220: Latina/o Arts and Humanities (C2)

Total units in the major core: 19-20

CALS Elective Requirements (Two of the Following Classes)
Class NumberClass TitleUnits
CALS 225Spanish for Bilinguals (C2)4
CALS 314Latin American Literature (C2)4
CALS 339Latinos and the U.S. Labor Market4
CALS 352Chicano/Latino Philosophy (C2)4
CALS 368Chicano/Latino Music (C1)4
CALS 374Latino Literature (C2)4
CALS 393Chicano/Latino Cinema (C1)4
CALS 403Chicano/Latino Youth & Adolescents (E)4
CALS 432Latinos in a Global Context (D5)4
CALS 451Chicano/Latino Humanities (C3)4
CALS 479Chicano/Latino Art History (C1)4


CALS Elective Requirements (Three of the Following Classes)
Class NumberClass TitleUnits
CALS 400Special Topics4
CALS 405The Chicano/Latino Family (Fall, every other year)4
CALS 426Latina/o Sociolinguistics (Spring, every other year)4
CALS 456Latinos and Education (Fall, every other year)4
CALS 474Major Authors in Latino Literature (Fall, every other year)4
CALS 480Latin American Migration to the U.S. (Fall)4

Total elective units in the major: 20

Capstone Project

All CALS majors must complete a capstone project/paper during their senior year. Please consult with your major advisor about this requirement prior to the start of your senior year.