Below is the course offerings within the Chicano and Chicana Studies Department. Lower division courses (100-299) are designed for students in their first and second years. Upper division courses (300-499) are designed for students in their third year and beyond. Graduate courses (500-599) are designed for students in graduate programs.

Lower Division

CHIC 101 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3): Perspectives through which people of color have come to see themselves in terms of their own heroes, cultures and contributions to the societies in which they live and the world in general. (AFAM 101, ASAM 101, CHIC 101 and WGST 101 are the same course)

CHIC 102 - Communication Skills (3): Basic communication skills, including oral and written expression. A unit on the mechanics of writing and reporting on a term paper is included as part of the course.

CHIC  105 Introduction to U.S.-Central American Studies (3): Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of U.S.-Central American Studies. Racial, cultural, social, spiritual and political analysis of Black, Indigenous and Mestiza/o Central Americans and their migratory movements, cultural dynamics of diaspora, dislocation and memory in the U.S.

CHIC 106 - Introduction to Chicano Studies (3): Role of the Chicano in the U.S. The Chicano's cultural values, social organization, urbanization patterns, and the problems in the area of education, politics and legislation. One or more sections may be offered in any online format.

CHIC 190 - Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities (3): Survey of American history from prehistoric times (before 1492) to the present with special emphasis on the role of race and ethnicity. Credit will not be given for both HIST 180 and 190. (AFAM 190, ASAM 190, CHIC 190 and HIST 190 are the same course.)

CHIC 201 - Chicana and Chicano Environmentalisms (3): Relationships between Chicanx/Latinx communities and environments and ecologies as represented in art, film, literature, oral histories, photography and other forms of cultural production. How Chicanx/Latinx cultural production contributes to understandings about environmentalisms and ecologies.

Undergraduate Course not available for Graduate Credit

One or more sections may be offered in any online format.

CHIC 220 - Chicana/o Identities (3):  Chicana/o identities, from their indigenous beginnings to the present, through categories of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin and class; surveying interdisciplinary, social scientific, historical and literary sources.

CHIC 250 - Introduction to Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. (3): Introducing multi-ethnic literatures of the U.S., the course considers texts within their cultural, historical, and socio-political contexts. Relates mutli-ethnic literature to the creative and performing arts. Themes covered may include diaspora, migration, memory, history, citizenship, and/or ethnic identities.

Upper Division

CHIC 302 - Ancient Mexican Culture (3):  Historical and cultural survey of the principal pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and their significance to Mexican society.

CHIC 303 - Chicano/Mexican Cultures (3): Methodology for studying and analyzing the cultural background of Mexican and Chicana/o populations in order to understand current traditions, practices, beliefs and ideologies. Syncretism, colonialism, modernization, urbanization, migration and resistance.

CHIC 304 - Music of Mexico (3): Historical survey of folk, popular and art music traditions of Mexico and music in Mexican American/Chicano society; pre-Cortesian and contemporary indigenous musical practices; relationship of music to Mexican history and culture. Listening, reading and written work. Intended for non-music majors. May be used as a musi-cmajor elective. (CHIC 304 and MUS 304 are the same course.) Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category C.1.

CHIC 305 - Chicana/o Families (3): The Chicana/o family's development as an American social institution focusing on cross-cultural, historical and interdisciplinary perspectives. One or more sections may be offered in any online format.

CHIC 306 - Barrio Studies (3): How Latina/o and Mexican-origin communities develop in urban areas and the role of collective action in the community. Requres service learning.

CHIC 307 - Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies (3): Introduction to research and writing in ethnic studies. Issues of research in ethnic studies (e.g., quantitative v. qualitative analysis, reliability/validity) and specific methods of research (e.g., archives, interviews, oral history). Extensive writing. A C(2.0) or better is required to satisfy the upper-division writing requirement. (AFAM 307, ASAM 307, and CHIC 307 are the same course.) Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

CHIC 313 - La Chicana (3): Cultural influences that the family, religion, economic status and community play upon the lifestyles, values and roles held by Chicanas. One or more sections may be offered in any online format. (CHIC 313 and WGST 313 are the same course.)

CHIC 315 - Chicano/Latino Theatre (3): Contemporary Chicano/Latino theater in relation to its historical evolution. Plays, playwrights and theater groups expressing the Chicano/Latino experience. Extensive play reading. (CHIC 315 and THTR 315 are the same course.)

CHIC 316 - The Chicano Music Experience (3): Mexican folk and popular music and its relationship to the culture of Mexico. Pre-Cortesian period to the present in Mexico and Southwestern United States. Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Category C.1 or C.2. 

CHIC 321 - Latina/o Intercultural Communication (3): Explores the intersection of communication and the Latina/o community, including cultural identity or what it means to be Hispanic. Communication between Latinas/os and other cultures are examined from historical, contemporary, political contexts, among a variety of other settings. Prerequisite: HCOM 100, HCOM 102or consent of instructor.

CHIC 325 - Chicana and Chicano Education (3): Overview of the educational plight of Chicanas/os in the American school system from an interdisciplinary perspective. Addresses educational inequality and social justice phenomenon using various concepts, theories and methodologies. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1. 

CHIC 330 - The Evolution of Mexican Literature (3): Survey and analysis of the Nahautl, Mexican and Chicano literature from pre-Columbian period to present. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category C.2. 

CHIC 331 - The Chicano Child (3):The Chicano child from preschool through grade six. Emphasizes motor, physical, social, intellectual, emotional growth and development and their effect on school adjustment and achievement. Field observation of preschool and grade school children required. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1

CHIC 332 - The Chicano Adolescent (3):The Chicano adolescent’s social, intellectual and emotional growth and development. Bicultural pressures from the barrio, family structure, school and achievement values. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.

CHIC 333 - Mexican Literature Since 1940 (3):Literature of Mexico since 1940: Carlos Fuentes, Rodolfo Usigli, Xavier Villarrutia, Juan Jose Arreola, Octavio Paz, Laura Esquivel and Juan Rulfo. Other contemporary authors may be included.

CHIC 336 - Latin American Literature (3):Major periods and texts in Latin American literature. The transnational context of Latin American literature; reading major works (in English translation) by writers from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Latina/o U.S.

CHIC 337 - Contemporary Chicana/o Literature (3): Chicana and Chicano literature from the 1960s to the present. Considers texts within their cultural, historical, social and political contexts. Relates Chicana/o literature to contemporary U.S. Latina/o writing and to the creative and performing arts. One or more sections may be offered in any online format.

CHIC 338 - Barrios and Health (3): Links between urban environments and health. How community development and the grassroots help shape health in barrios. Requires service learning with non-profit organizations. (CHIC 338 and HESC 338 are the same course.). Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Category D.1.

CHIC 340 - Mexican/Chicano Intellectual Thought (3): Emergence of the Chicano movement dealing with political, economic and sociological facets. Writings of Nahautl, Spanish, Spanish-American, Chicano and contemporary writers. Not applicable for graduate degree credit. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category C.2.

 CHIC 345 - History of the Chicano (3): History of the Chicano from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The Chicanos’ changing role in the United States, their cultural identity crisis and their achievements. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.

CHIC 350 - Mexican Life and Culture (3): Introduction to Mexican culture and civilization. Contemporary Mexican society with focus on social, political, environmental, cultural and historical issues. Requires travel to La Paz, Baja California, Mexico and will only be offered in summer or intercession. Letter grade or Credit/No Credit. (CHIC 350 and LTAM 350 are the same course.) Prerequisite: completion of G.E. category D.1. 

CHIC 353 - Mexico Since 1906 (3): Mexican Revolution of 1910, stressing the political, economic and social aspects, as well as its contributions in the fields of art, literature and social reforms. Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.

CHIC 360 - Chicanos and the Law (3):  Relationship between Chicanos and the legal and judicial system, including the administration of justice, Chicano-police relations and prison system.

CHIC 367 - Religion in Latino/a Life (3): National and international expressions of Latino/a religiosity - from popular religion to Marian devotion to curanderismo - through film, historical documents, poetry, theology, art, sociology and ethnic studies. (CHIC 367 and CPRL 367 are the same course.). Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category C.2.

CHIC 369 - Border Cinema (3): Examines representations of the U.S.-Mexico border in Mexican and U.S. films from the Mexican Revolution era to the present, as well as border theories in international films and scholarship. Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Category C.1 or C.2.

CHIC 450 - Seminar in Contemporary Chicana/o Issues (3): Study of selected contemporary research topics in Chicana/o Studies aimed at gaining an in-depth knowledge of a particular analytical, theoretical, and/or methodological approach. Prerequisite: Upper division standing, graduate student, or instructor consent.

CHIC 459 - Art History of the Ancient Americas (3):  History of the art and architecture of select civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica and South America. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

CHIC 460 - The Chicano and Politics (3): Theory of urban politics and evaluation of issues that affect the Chicanos and American society. Evaluations and surveys will be made on political organizations in Hispanic-surnamed communities. (CHIC 460 and POSC 460 are the same course.)

CHIC 462 - Latin American Art History: 1400 - Present (3): History of art and architecture of select regions and nations of Latin America, from Contact to present. Major monuments and art movements. (ART 462 and CHIC 462 are the same course)

CHIC 471 - Obesity, Policy and Hispanic Communities (3): Structural approach to understanding obesity in immigrant Hispanic communities. Lectures and activities emphasize role of federal and local health/nutrition policy and the built environment on obesity in immigrant Hispanic communities. (HESC 471 and CHIC 471 are the same course) Prerequisite: HESC 320, HESC 350; or minor in Health Science, Pre-Health Professions or Food Studies; or graduate standing.

CHIC 477C - American Immigration History (3): History of American immigration in a global context. Changes and continuities in the political, cultural, and economic contexts that generated the movement of diverse peoples and structured their experiences of integration within the U.S. (HIST 477C, AFAM 477C, ASAM 477C and CHIC 477C are the same course.) Prerequisite: HIST 180, HIST 190, HIST 170A, HIST 170B, ASAM 190, ASAM 201, HIST 201, CHIC 190 or AFAM 190.

CHIC 480 - Chicanas/os and Immigrants (3): Mexican- and Latino-origin immigration to the U.S. at key social structural levels. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing.

CHIC 499 - Independent Study (1-3): Learning through teaching. Three hours of work per week expected for each semester unit of credit and may include: tutorial preparations; consulting with instructors; reporting, analyzing and evaluating tutorial experiences. Requires independent research project on topic related to tutoring area. Prerequisite: permission from the instructor.


CHIC 500 - Chicana/Chicano Studies Paradigms and Traditions (3): Interdisciplinary approaches, methods and theories used in the study of Chicana/Chicano and Latina/Latino populations and related topics. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CHIC 599 - Independent Graduate Research (1-3):  Individual library research or empirical project, with conferences with instructor as necessary, culminating in one or more papers. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites: permission from instructor.