Chicana/o Studies is a multi/interdisciplinary major. Students who earn degrees in Chicana/o Studies are able use their skills in writing, critical thinking, analysis, and communication to address a variety of issues in the workforce or in the development of community advocacy. The Chicana/o Studies program focuses on the development of community-driven, politically and socially engaged graduates whose goals are to advocate for underrepresented communities and examine institutional inequities and disparities. The Chicana/o Studies program curriculum aims to empower students through historical and contemporary understandings of race/ethnicity, class, gender/sexuality, indigeneity representation, cultural responsiveness, self-improvement, self-determination, civic engagement, and critical consciousness.
To earn an Associate of Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer: Chicana/o Studies degree, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education–Breadth Requirements.
b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum of a cumulative CSU transferable grade point average of 2.0.
3. Obtainment of a grade of “C” or better or “P” in all courses required in the major. Even though a “P” grade is allowed (Title 5 section 55063), it is recommended that students complete their major courses with a letter grade (“A,” “B,” or “C”) due to unit limitations on “P/NP” courses.
4. Completion of a minimum of 12 units in residence at Ventura College.
|Required Core (9 units):|
|CHST V03||Chicana Contemporary Issues||3|
|SOC V03/AES V11||Racial and Ethnic Group Relations||3|
Select one of the two following courses to complete the Required Core:
|CHST V01/AES V20||Introduction to Chicano Studies||3|
|CHST V02/AES V23||Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies Issues||3|
|List A: Select three courses from at least two of the following five areas for a minimum of 9 units. Only one course from Area 4 may be used.|
Area 1: History or Government
|HIST/AES V47||United States History: Focus on Chicanos to 1850||3|
|HIST V48/AES V21A||The Heritage of Mexico to the First Republic||3|
|HIST V57/AES V21B||The Heritage of Mexico Since Liberation||3|
|HIST V58/AES V22||United States History: Focus on Chicanos since 1850||3|
Area 2: Arts and Humanities
|ART V09A||Art of the Ancient Americas||3|
|ART V09B/AES V66||Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art||3|
|ENGL V34||Introduction to Chicana/o Literature||3|
Area 3: Social Science
|CHST/AES/SOC V24||Sociology of the Chicano Community||3|
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods
|MATH V44||Elementary Statistics||4|
|PSY V04||Introductory Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences||4|
Area 5: Major Preparation
|CHST V02/AES V23||Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies Issues *||3|
|SPAN V03||Intermediate Spanish I||5|
|SPAN V03S||Spanish Heritage Language I||5|
|SPAN V04||Intermediate Spanish II||5|
|SPAN V04S||Spanish Heritage Language II||5|
*(if not used to satisfy the Required Core above)
|CSU General Education or IGETC-CSU Pattern||37-39|
|Electives (CSU transferable units to reach 60)||10-23|
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Critical Thinking: Students will create and design approaches to local and global issues affecting the Chicana/o Community by assessing and analyzing historical, artistic, social, and literary factors that have contributed to the origins of the Chicano/a community in the United States, thereby identifying problems, theses, arguments, evidence and conclusions.
Communication: Students will formulate and articulate ideas addressing the Chicana/o communities world view as expressed in history, literature and art, thereby addressing problems, formulating theses, making arguments, analyzing and weighing evidence, and deriving conclusions.
Personal Actions and Civic Responsibilities: Demonstrate and understand the political nature of Chicana/o Studies by creating student led actions, designed to spread awareness of the Chicana/o influence and impact on American society.
Self-awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Analyze one’s own actions, see others’ perspectives, and work effectively with others in groups.
Global Awareness: Analyze the development of the contemporary Chicano/a community in the United States by articulating similarities and contrasts among cultures, times, and environments, and demonstrate an understanding of cultural pluralism.