Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies

The Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies, which is administered by the College of Social Science, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  Although the minor complements a number of major fields, students who plan graduate study related to the social sciences or who wish to pursue careers in education, social work, government or businesses that serve mixed ethnic communities may find the minor particularly appealing.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies is designed to help students to understand the multicultural dimensions of society; to gain a knowledge of Chicano/Latino scholarship and scholars; and to apply that knowledge to the study of Chicano/Latino communities and life.  The minor draws on research, teaching, and community service among Chicanas/os and U.S. Latinas/os that:

  1. Focuses intensively on the histories of different racial and cultural sub–groups of Latinos.
  2. Draws larger theoretical lessons from comparisons among these groups and between non–Latino populations.
  3. Seeks to articulate general principles that shape racial and ethnic relations.
  4. Explores how ethnic identity is constructed and reconstructed over time.
  5. Develops methodologies and principles which empower students to enhance leadership and human relations within diverse communities of peoples and conditions.
Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the Director of Chicano/Latino Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies

The student must complete a total of 15 credits including:

1. The following course (3 credits):
CLS 201 Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies 3
2. Three of the following courses focusing on Chicano/Latino content (9 credits):
ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3
GSAH 230 Values, Experience, and Difference in Global Contexts 3
HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America 3
HST 327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States 3
HST 383 The Caribbean 3
HST 384 Modern Mexico 3
PLS 304 Minority Politics 3
SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC 499 Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society (W) 3
SPN 350 Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature (W) 3
SPN 412 Topics in Hispanic Culture 3
SPN 491 Special Topics in Spanish 3
The following courses must have at least one-fourth of the content focus specifically on Chicanas/os and U.S. Latinas/os in the United States:  GSAH 230, SOC 215 and 499, SPN 412, or 491. Both HST 383 and HST 384 may not be used to fulfill this requirement. This requirement may be fulfilled by other courses with a Chicano/Latino focus, if approved in advance by the Director of Chicano/Latino Studies. The courses must deal with ethnicity, race, gender, and inequality. To qualify for inclusion, at least one-fourth of the content of the course must focus specifically on Chicano/Latinos in the United States.
3. One of the following three options (3 credits):
a. A supervised internship (CLS 493) relevant to Chicano/Latino studies with a public or private agency or organization.  To satisfy this option, the student must complete one course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Director for Chicano/Latino Studies.
b. Directed study abroad relevant to Chicano/Latino Studies. To satisfy this option, the student must complete one course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Director  for Chicano/Latino Studies.
c. A research experience relevant to Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS 490).  To satisfy this option, the student must complete one course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Director for Chicano/Latino Studies.