Bachelor of Arts, Chicano/Latino Studies

Chicano/Latino Studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the historical, cultural, social, and political experience of Chicanos and Latinos, with a particular emphasis on the development and culture of the Chicano/Latino communities in California and the West, as well as on both historical and contemporary effects of global issues on Chicano/Latino communities. By drawing upon courses in American Studies and by emphasizing comparative as well as interdisciplinary study, this program offers training in the analytic tools and methods of interpretation appropriate for studying the Chicano/Latino experience in its particularity, and ethnic and cultural study in general. The program is particularly appropriate for students interested in integrating studies in the humanities and social sciences, and for students preparing to work and interact with diverse communities and cultures in the United States and abroad in such fields as education, human services, business, journalism, and public administration.

Program Major Requirements

Ten courses in Chicano/Latino Studies, or courses certified for Chicano/Latino Studies credit, are required. The 10 courses must be distributed as follows: the three core requirement courses of AMST 200, AMST 350, and AMST 498; one course from each of the following three lists: History, Literature and Culture, and Social and Political Issues; and additional elective courses for a total of 16 units chosen from the courses certified in Chicano/Latino Studies at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements

Units

AMST 200

Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity

4

AMST 350

Junior Seminar in American Studies and Ethnicity: Theories and Methods

4

AMST 498*

Senior Seminar in American Studies and Ethnicity

4

*Honors students will substitute AMST 492 Research Methods in American Studies and Ethnicity.

200/300/400-Level Required Courses

Units

One course from each of the following categories:

History

AMST 373

History of the Mexican American

4

HIST 354

Mexican Migration to the United States

4


Literature and Culture

AMST 448

Chicano and Latino Literature

4

COLT 388

U.S. Latino Fiction and the Literature of the Americas

4

SPAN 413

Social and Geographic Varieties of Spanish

4


Social and Political Issues

AMST 357

Latino Social Movements

4

AMST 365

Leadership in the Community--Internship

4

AMST 446

Cultural Circuits in the Americas

4

GEOG 340

Latino L.A.

4

POSC 428

Latino Politics

4

PSYC 462

Minority Mental Health

4

REL 333

Religion in the Borderlands

4

SOCI 356

Mexican Immigrants in a Diverse Society

4

SOCI 366

Chicana and Latina Experiences

4

upper division elective courses

Units

Additional courses for a total of 16 units from the lists above or below, 300-level or higher. No more than two total courses for the major may be taken outside the College.

AMST 274

Exploring Ethnicity through Film

4

AMST 301

America, the Frontier, and the New West

4

AMST 320

Social Construction of Race and Citizenship

4

AMST 490x

Directed Research

2-8, max 8

AMST 493

Senior Honors Thesis in American Studies and Ethnicity

4

AMST 499

Special Topics

2-4, max 8

COMM 458

Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment and the Arts

4

GEOG 350

Race and Environmentalism

4

POSC 424

Political Participation and American Diversity

4

SOCI 432

Racial and Ethnic Relations in a Global Society

4

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  • University of Southern California
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  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534