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Chicana and Chicano Studies

The Chicana and Chicano Studies AC is one of three Academic Certificates (AC's) under the Southwest Studies Program in the Liberal Arts Department. The Southwest Studies Program applies a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the peoples and places of the American Southwest. Three Academic Certificates (AC) in American Indian Studies, Chicano-Chicana Studies, and Southwest Studies are available. Certificates may be attained independently of any degree program, but students may also apply course credits toward a degree.

Knowledge and Skills

Students enrolled in the Academic Certificate (AC) in Chicana and Chicano Studies program will explore 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.

Skills and knowledge gained in the program include the ability to:

  • Conduct an oral history of an elderly Chicana or Chicano.
  • Describe and analyze development of the borderlands and the role of Chicanas and Chicanos in the process.
  • Examine the development of the Chicana and Chicano Movement and explain its ideology through its visual art, music, theater, and literature.
  • Analyze the development of the Chicana and Chicano Movement and correlate it with the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.
  • Examine the evolution and contemporary styles of Hispanic art, music, theater, and literature of the Borderlands.