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Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o Studies
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana/o Studies at California State University Channel Islands offers a curriculum that examines current and past experiences of Chicanas/os and other hemispheric Americans whose origins exist south of the U.S./Mexican border from multi-disciplinary perspectives. This degree places students at the center in the investigation of local issues in context with transborder questions. The core courses at the lower and upper division level will provide majors with a solid training in Chicana/o Studies while providing them the opportunity to minor or double major in a related disciplinary program.
The Chicana/o Studies major builds upon the first generation of Chicano Studies programs in that it recognizes that Chicana/o and Latina/o populations today often work in simultaneous contexts. Complex patterns of hybridity are features of the Southwest; perspectives are often shaped by political, cultural and linguistic borders. The major recognizes that the experience of moving across economic, gender, geographic, and political borders dramatically shapes patterns of identity, and that complex interactions among peoples of the Americas (North, Central, and South) enrich the community and cultural life of the United States. From a public policy perspective, the major recognizes that border issues—the flow of capital and commerce, identity, citizenship and immigration, and economic and political equality—are integral to the curriculum.
Students in the program will be led by faculty within the Chicana/o Studies program, as well as affiliated faculty across the social sciences, humanities, and education programs at Cal State Channel Islands. This interdisciplinary degree serves the University Mission with interdisciplinary, multicultural, international, and service learning components.