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  • Policy Number: SP.06.024
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Julia Balén, Renny Christopher, Frank Barajas, Bradley Monsma, Lillian Vega-Castañeda
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date: 4/2/07
  • Effective Date: 4/2/07
  • Supercedes:


The proposed 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. 


At CSUCI, the Chicana/o Studies major emerged out of discussions with the community, and community involvement will be a continuing characteristic of the major as it develops. Reflecting this involvement, the BA in Chicana/o Studies has a strong service learning component, requiring students to integrate their academic experience with service at a local community setting prior to graduation.

Indeed, the 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.

Therefore, the BA in Chicana/o Studies will be anchored in course work drawn from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences that have been integral to Chicana/o Studies since its inception.  Drawing on these disciplines, the major seeks to encourage students to see how methodologies and perspectives of these programs contribute to Chicana/o Studies and to the professional skills they will be able to utilize as they leave the University.



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