Major Degree Requirements

Since the CCS Major was approved in late Spring 2017, the courses are being rolled out over the next few semesters (check back for updates or call the department (408) 924-5760 for more information).  Students should not become CCS Majors if you are planning to graduate before Spring 2020. 

University Graduation Requirements                          53

Core Lower Division General Education                                           33

Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. 

Upper Division General Education                                                       9

Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major adviser for details.

American Institutions                                                                                 6

Chicana and Chicano Studies                                                                        6
CCS 010A Mexican Americans & the Dev. of U.S. History & Government 3  
CCS 010B Mexican Americans & the Dev. of U.S. History & Government 3  

Physical Education                                                                                       2

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement                                 3

Requirements of the Major                                                40

Lower Division Core Courses                                                         4


Introduction to Chicana/o Studies 

CCS 2 Library Studies 1  

Upper Division  Core Courses                                                      15

CCS 125 Chicana/o Community Studies 3  
CCS 135 Contemporary Chicana/o Issues 3  
CCS 150 Chicana/o Studies Methods 3  
CCS 151 Theory in Chicana/o Studies 3  
CCS 152 Chicano Spanish 3  

Additional Upper Division Courses                                                     21

Students in a specific emphasis will take 9 units in that emphasis and 6 units in each of the other two. Students with no emphasis will take at least 6 units in each area and one additional upper division course in one of the area emphasis to total 21 units. Courses listed under more than one emphasis cannot be double counted. 

Cultural and Creative Expression

CCS 040 The Chicano Theater 3  
CCS 144 Chicana/o Literature 3  
CCS 170 Hollywood's Image of Chicanas/os 3  

Institutions and Community Engagement

CCS 115 Chicana/o Families 3  
CCS 127 Chicanas/os & the Criminal Justice System 3  
CCS 185 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3  

Transnationalism and Global Relations

CCS 105 Chicanas/os: U.S./Mexico Relations 3  
CCS 120 Political Economy & Chicanas/os 3  
CCS 175 Human Migrations: Global Reach 3  


Students may choose nine 3 unit university or Chicana and Chicano Studies electives. Students are encouraged to enroll in a minor or second major. 

University Electives                                                                                   27


Total Units                                                                             120



Note:Specific details about the core lower and upper division requirements can be found at the SJSU Chicana and Chicano Studies catalog page.