Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Chicana/Chicano Studies

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College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies     

Program Description


The Chicana/Chicano Studies (CHS) major emphasizes preparation for those interested in teaching; specialists in bilingual and cross-cultural education; majors in other academic fields who wish to include an additional scope in their field; students pursuing advanced degrees (M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., or J.D.); and those entering a variety of occupations such as business, communications, urban affairs, government, social work, school administration, counseling, criminology, law, foreign services and other related fields.

In addition, the CHS Department sponsors an extensive public programming calendar throughout the academic year, including the annual Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Lecture Series. The CHS Department also co-sponsors the annual campus-wide Día de los Muertos celebration and the annual Dolores Huerta Graduation Celebration. In support of student organizations, Chicana and Chicano Studies faculty members serve as advisors and work closely with the following student organizations: MEChA, Espíritu de Nuestro Futuro, Hermanas Unidas, and Latina/o Greek organizations.


The Major and Minor in Chicana/Chicano Studies provide several distinct advantages to students by:

  1. placing emphasis on critical thinking and research;
  2. promoting students to consider graduate school for specialization in Chicana and Chicano Studies and other disciplines;
  3. promoting greater understanding and awareness of Chicana/o community needs and circumstances;
  4. promoting greater appreciation of the contributions of Chicano/as and other indigenous groups to the total development of the American Southwest or Greater Mexico;
  5. training leaders, both inside and outside of minority communities, to work in challenging careers working in minority affairs, and;
  6. preparing them in other fields, such as public policy, immigration affairs, community organization, performing arts; and
  7. empowering them to document the historical realities of Chicana/o people.

Academic Advisement

All majors in Chicana and Chicano Studies have a faculty advisor. Students wither select an advisor, or have one assigned to them. Students work closely with faculty to prepare them or academic success and potential career choices.


Although not required, both high school and community college students wishing to major or minor in Chicana and Chicano Studies are encouraged to take courses that relate to Chicana/o and Latina/o experiences.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may graduate with Honors in Chicana/o Studies provided that the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Chicana/o Studies Department.