Chicana and Chicano Studies

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Chicana and Chicano Studies explores the unique experiences of the Chicana and Chicano people living in the Southwest. The Certificate provides a study of Mexican-American life in the society of the United States, including Mexican background, social and cultural differences, and experiences of assimilation.


Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Degree Type
Academic Certificate (AC)
Academic Plan
Chicana and Chicano Studies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria



This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Conduct an oral history of an elderly Chicana or Chicano and correlate it with the Chicana and Chicano experience. (CCS101)
  • Describe and analyze the causes and nature of United States expansion into the Borderlands of North America. (CCS101, HIS109, SPH245)
  • Describe and analyze development of the borderlands and the role of Chicanas and Chicanos in the process. (CCS101, HIS109)
  • Describe the status, and ramifications, of Chicana and Chicano/Mexican civil, employment, political, and social rights from the time of the arrival of the railroads to the present. (CCS101, HIS109)
  • Describe and analyze the nature and consequences of United States activities and policies toward Mexico since the Mexican War and their impact on Chicanas and Chicanos. (CCS101, HIS109)
  • Describe and analyze the nature and consequences of historical and contemporary Mexican government activities and policies within Mexico and their impact on Chicanas and Chicanos. (CCS101, HIS109)
  • Describe and analyze the consequences of the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the former Mexican citizens and their descendants. (CCS101, HIS109, SPH245)
  • Describe and analyze the Spanish and Indian origins of Mexican culture and people. (CCS101, HIS109, SPH245)
  • Describe and analyze the expansion and evolution of Hispanic societies and culture up to Mexican Independence. (CCS101, HIS109, SPH245)
  • Examine the development of the Chicana and Chicano Movement and explain its ideology through its visual art, music, theater, and literature. (CCS101, SPH245)
  • Analyze the development of the Chicana and Chicano Movement and correlate it with the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. (HIS109)
  • Examine the evolution and contemporary styles of Hispanic art, music, theater, and literature of the Borderlands. (SPH245)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CCS101Chicana and Chicano Studies3
HIS109Mexican American History and Culture3
SPH245Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENH112Chicano Literature3
HIS145History of Mexico3
HUM213Hispanic Film3
SPA101Elementary Spanish I4
SPA102Elementary Spanish II4
SPA103Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I4
SPA104Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II4
SPA201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPA202Intermediate Spanish II4
SPA203Spanish for Spanish-Speaking Students I4
SPA204Spanish for Spanish-Speaking Students II4

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