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What will I learn?

The BA in Chicana and Chicano Studies at SJSU provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of Chicana/o Studies as well as insights and skills to analyze and work with Chicanx-Latinx communities to address the issues they face. The degree encompasses three different areas of emphasis: Cultural & Creative Expression, Institutions & Community Engagement, and Transnationalism & Global Relations.

Created in 1969, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) is the oldest graduate program in Chicana/o studies in the country and only one of five graduate programs in Chicana/o Studies programs in California today. Rooted in social justice principles, our interdisciplinary program prepares students to critically examine and address intellectual traditions and contemporary issues resulting from intersections in race, ethnicity, class, and gender in Chicanx-Latinx communities. We offer an MA degree with three areas of emphasis: education, policy and comparative ethnic studies. The BA provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of Chicana/o Studies, as well as insights and skills to analyze and work with Chicanx-Latinx communities through three areas of emphasis: Cultural & Creative Expression, Institutions & Community Engagement, and Transnationalism & Global Relations. It is designed to complement a number of majors across the university, for those who want a double major that includes CCS. We also offer a unique, interdisciplinary minor that supplements any undergraduate major by providing a well-rounded introduction to the Chicanx-Latinx community, including the community's history, politics, culture and social, political and economic contexts. Our graduates become leaders in the fields of teaching, social services, policy, health care, government and community service, and pursue doctorates in Chicana/o studies, ethnic studies and other academic fields.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
USD $7,852 per year for 6.1 or more units; Non-Resident Fees are charged an additional USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Social Sciences

Washington Square Hall 103,

SAN JOSE,

California,

95192, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have earn a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or an average of "B" grades and Successfully complete three years of college preparatory mathematics with a minimum grade of "C-" or better. English Language requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT score 61; Paper based score 500; IELTS score 6.0; PTE academic score 44.

For international students

Students must Earn a high school diploma, or equivalent and earn the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or an average of “B” grades. Successfully complete three years of college preparatory mathematics with a minimum grade of “C-” or better.

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0, TOEFL – 61 (IBT), Paper based – 500; Pearson Test of English (PTE) – 44.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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