Major and Minor
Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) Major
The B.A. program in Chicana and Chicano Studies is committed to the practice of different forms of scholarship and pedagogy and to the promotion of critical thinking about such issues as gender, sexuality, social action, language, race, ethnicity, class, assimilation/acculturation paradigms, and indigenous traditions. The literary and visual arts often function as vehicles for social change and creative empowerment, and so they constitute one focus of the curriculum, that aims to strike a balance among the social sciences, humanities, arts, and the professions. The major prepares students for graduate education in academic and professional fields and for a variety of positions that involve community and social service in the U.S. and abroad.
Lower Division Course Requirements:
- Chicana/o Studies 10A: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: History and Culture
- Chicana/o Studies 10B: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies: Social Structure and Contemporary Conditions
- Spanish 5, 7B, or Equivalent
Upper Division Course Requirements (11)
- One Community-Engaged course from 100XP, M105XP, M164XP, M170XP, or from the approved list available in the department office each term.
- Two Related Study courses from the approved list of courses outside the department (related study includes courses that provide a comparative perspective to Chicana and Chicano studies and/or a contextualization of Chicana and Chicano communities in the world).
- One Advanced Seminar: Chicana/o Studies 188, 191, or another course by petition to the department Chair
- A Concentration of Four Courses in One Area listed below and Two Courses in a Second Area
- Border and Transnational Studies: M110, 120, M124, 125, M126, 132, 143, M144, M147, 151, 152, M154, M155, M156A, M156B, 163, 176, 184, 191
- Expressive Arts: M103C, M103D, M103G, 104, M108A, M115, M116, 117, M135, M175, M185, M186A, M186AL, M186B, M186BL, M186C, M186CL, M187, 188, 191
- History, Literature, and Language of the Americas: M105A, M105B, M105C, M105D, M105E, 105F, 109, M110, 111, M114, 131, 132, M133, M139, 141, 142, 143, 157, M158, M159A, M159B, 160, 168A, 168B, 169, 171, M173, 181, M182, M183, 184, M187, 188
- Labor, Law, and Policy Studies: M102, M106, 119, 120, M121, M122, 123, M127, M128, 129, M130, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, M156A, M156B, 165, 166, M174A, M174B, M174C, CM177, 178, 179, 188, 191
Transfer applicants to the Chicana and Chicano Studies major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA:
- One interdisciplinary Chicana/Chicano history and culture course
- One interdisciplinary Chicana/Chicano social structure and contemporary conditions course
- Five quarter terms of Spanish
(Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide at for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.)
*No more than 8 units of 188, 191, and 199 courses may be applied toward the major; enrollment in the courses must be approved in writing by the department chair. Each major course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.