Undergraduate Study

The Chicana/o Studies Major

The B.A. program in Chicana and Chicano Studies is committed to the practice of different forms of scholarship and pedagogy and to the promotion of critical thinking about such issues as gender, sexuality, social action, language, race, ethnicity, class, assimilation/acculturation paradigms, and indigenous traditions. The literary and visual arts often function as vehicles for social change and creative empowerment, and so they constitute one focus of the curriculum, that aims to strike a balance among the social sciences, humanities, arts, and the professions. The major prepares students for graduate education in academic and professional fields and for a variety of positions that involve community and social service in the U.S. and abroad.


Major Requirements:

Lower Division preperation in Chicana/o Studies 10A, 10B and Spanish 5 (or an equivalent Spanish Course). A total of 11 Upper Division Courses*, including Chicana and Chicano Studies 101:

– One Service Learning course from 100SL, M105SL, M164SL, M170SL, or from the approved list available in the department office each term.

– Two Related Study courses from the approved list of courses outside the department (related study includes courses that provide a comparative perspective to Chicana and Chicano studies and/or a contextualization of Chicana and Chicano communities in the world).

– One Advanced Seminar (191) or another course by petition to the department Chair

– A Concentration of Four Courses in One Area listed below and Two Courses in a Second Area:

Border and Transnational Studies: M110, 120, M124, 125, M126, 132, 143, M144, M147, 151, 152, M154, M155, M156A, M156B, 163, 176, 184, 191

Expressive Arts: M103C, M103D, M103G, 104, M108A, M115, M116, 117, M135, M175, M185, M186A, M186AL, M186B, M186BL, M186C, M186CL, M187, 188, 191

History, Literature, and Language of the AmericasM105A, M105B, M105C, M105D, M105E, 105F, 109, M110, 111, M114, 131, 132, M133, M139, 141, 142, 143, 157, M158, M159A, M159B, 160, 168A, 168B, 169, 171, M173, 181, M182, M183, 184, M187, 188

Labor, Law, and Policy StudiesM102, M106, 119, 120, M121, M122, 123, M127, M128, M130, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, M156A, M156B, 165, 166, M174A, M174B, M174C, 177, 178, 179, 188, 191


Transfer Students:

Transfer applicants to the Chicana and Chicano Studies major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA:

  • One interdisciplinary Chicana/Chicano history and culture course
  • One interdisciplinary Chicana/Chicano social structure and contemporary conditions course
  • Five quarter terms of Spanish

(Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide at for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.)

*No more than 8 units of 188, 191, and 199 courses may be applied toward the major; enrollment in the courses must be approved in writing by the department chair. Each major course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.


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—-Last Updated on March of 2017—

Chicana/o Studies Minor

The Chicana/o Studies minor complements study in another traditional field

Students participating in the Minor are required to complete both a departmental major in another discipline and the Chicana and Chicano Studies minor. To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and file a petition with the student adviser. All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.


Required Lower Division Courses (10 units)

  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 10A
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 10B


Required Upper Division Courses (20 units minimum)

  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 101
  • Four elective courses selected from the approved list

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—Last Update: March 2017—-

Reccomended Courses

The following Courses are strongly reccomended to all students interested in both the Major and the Minor:

  • English Composition 110
  • Information Studies 111C
  • Introductory courses in two of the following: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology
  • One or more courses in Chicana/Chicano History, Literature feminism, social science