Chicano and Latino Studies - Course Descriptions

CALS 160A Humanities Learning Community (4)
CALS 160A is the first half of a year-long course designed specifically for first year students that features weekly lectures and small seminars.   It provides an introduction to some of the key issues in the discipline.  Students who successfully complete both CALS 160A and CALS 160B will satisfy GE categories A3 and the ethnic studies requirement in C3. 
CALS 160B Humanities Learning Community (4)
CALS 160B is the second half of a year-long course designed specifically for first year students that features weekly lectures and small seminars.   It provides an introduction to some of the key issues in the discipline.  Students who successfully complete both CALS 160A and CALS 160B will satisfy GE categories A3 and the ethnic studies requirement in C3.  
CALS 219 The Latino Experience (3)
A survey of the Chicano and Latino experience in the United States. The course serves as an introduction to Chicano and Latino studies through the social sciences in order to explain the individual’s status and place within the group and society. This includes how Chicano and Latinos and other Latinos have adapted to the various cultural, social, economic and political elements of U.S. society as compared to other groups. Satisfies ethnic studies requirement in GE, category D1.
CALS 220 Chicano/Latino Arts and Literature (4)
A survey of the humanities (arts and letters) found in Chicano/Latino cultures. Introduction to traditional and contemporary literature, drama, cinema, art, music, and dance forms found in the Spanish-speaking communities of the Southwestern United States and their related heritages. Satisfies ethnic studies in GE, category C1.
CALS 225 Spanish for Bilinguals (3)
The study of the grammar and structure of Spanish with ample practice, in oral and written forms, to help develop proficiency in normative Spanish, using various language-acquisition techniques. Students will be able to enter upper-division classes in Spanish. Standard or normative Spanish will be compared and analyzed in terms of non-normative, regional and local community varieties of Spanish. Prerequisite: functional Spanish skills at the second-year level or equivalent. Satisfies foreign language in GE, category C3.This course does not satisfy GE ethnic studies requirements. Requirement: concurrent enrollment in CALS 225L.
CALS 225L Language Laboratory/Field Work (1)
At least two hours per week of practice in the language laboratory or in an approved fieldwork setting such as a Spanish-speaking organization, community agency or bilingual classroom. Cr/NC only. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CALS 225.
CALS 301 CALS Leadership and Mentoring (1)
A supervised, guided process where senior-level majors in CALS coach and mentor newly declared majors after having been coached by a senior student the previous semesters. Elective units. May be enrolled for more than once.
CALS 310 Chicano/Latino Arts And Crafts Workshop (1)
Analysis of and workshop on providing Chicano, Mexican and other Latino arts and crafts projects in elementary school classrooms. Includes village and folk arts, with particular emphasis toward adapting these arts to the public school curriculum. Course projects require a public exhibit.
CALS 314 Literature in Translation (4)
A study of Latin American works of literature in English translation ranging from major authors to lesser-knows texts, each of which explore identify, culture and regional perspectives. Topics can include transcultural and transnational considerations, non-western as well as contemporary culture, philosophy and religious values. Satisfies upper-division ethnic studies in GE, category C2.
CALS 339 Latinos and the U.S. Labor Market (3-4)
This course is designed as an overview of major theories, trends and debates on the topic of Latinos and labor market inequality in the United States. Topics include urban poverty, discrimination in employment, how jobs and workers are matched, and over-arching issues as globalization and place affects the labor force. Particular attention is given to the interaction between race and class as determinants of the life chances of minorities and specifically Latinos in the United States. Satisfies upper-division ethnic studies in GE, category D1 (Individual and Society).
CALS 350 Latino Cultural Studies (4)
This course focuses on the theoretical debates that have shaped the field of Chicano and Latino studies. Students will consider forms representation and dominant narratives vis a vis the creation and maintenance of social hierarchies.  The class will emphasize the role that counter-cultural narratives and traditions play in relation to Chicano/Latino identities and identity-based activism/politics.
CALS 352 Chicano/Philosophy (4)
The course examines the intellectual history of the Chicano/Latino community. Special attention is given to the interaction of different belief systems and social hierarchies during the Columbian exchange and beyond.  The emphasis in the course varies from instructor to instructor but an overview of Latin American and Latino political philosophy is always included.  Satisfies ethnic studies and upper-division GE, category C2.
CALS 365 Chicano/Latino Theatre (2)
A review of the development of drama in literary Chicano/Latino culture from a variety of sources - anthropological, sociological and historical - as well as contemporary developments. Course includes a workshop leading to the performance of a term play, along the lines of the Teatro Campesino. May be repeated once for credit.
CALS 366 Mexican Folk and Traditional Dance (1-2)
An introduction to folk and traditional dances of Mexico; this is a performance course requiring active student involvement. Basic steps and three to five ballet folklorico dances will be taught, leading to a public performance. Dances include Norteno, Jarabes de Jalisco, Jarochos de Veracruz, and one or more indigenous dances. May be repeated once for credit.
CALS 368 Chicano/Latino Music (4)
This course explores Chicano/Latino musical practices with a special focus on their historical origins. The social, cultural and political significance of Chicano/Latino musical forms will also be addressed in this class. Satisfies ethnic studies and upper-division GE, category C1 CALS 374 Chicano/Literature (4) A course designed to identify, analyze, and appreciate current literary themes and forms within the Chicano/Latino experience, including their literary antecedents, through novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. This course will focus on Chicano/Latino authors from California every fourth semester in conjunction with the California Cultural Studies Program. Satisfies ethnic studies and upper-division GE, category C2.
CALS 393 Chicano/Latino Cinema (4)
An introduction to Chicano/Latino cinema, this course also introduces students to the politics of representation while offerint an overview of Latina/o stereotypes in mainstream films. . Special attention will be given to the emergence of Latina/o-produced films, tracing the evolution of alternative aesthetic and narrative strategies. Satisfies ethnic studies and upper-division GE, category C1.
CALS 395 Community Involvement Program (CIP) (1-4)
Provides students with practical experience in school classrooms, various ethnic community organizations, health and social service agencies, including recreation programs, day care centers and senior citizen centers. One unit is equivalent to 30 hours of volunteer work per semester. Units are not applicable to the CALS major.
CALS 398 MEChA (1)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan involves students in experimental projects that will orient them to problems faced by the Chicano/Latino student community and the greater Hispanic community in the campus service area.
CALS 400 Selected Topics in Chicano Studies (1-4)
A seminar course that is offered occasionally, based on student interest and faculty availability.  Courses offered in recent years featured topics such as the Mexican American Borderlands, Latina Feminisms, and Chicano Small Business Development.
CALS 403 Chicano/Latino Youth and Adolescents (3-4)
An overview of general psychological principles and theories of growth and human development as they apply to Chicano/Latino youth. Course will focus on Latino adolescents and their adjustment to the life cycle and American society and its impact on the self, peer group relations, family life, and other sources of conflict. Satisfies ethnic studies and upper-division GE, category E.
CALS 405 The Chicano/Family (4)
Examines the Latina/o Family in a psychological and sociological context. The role of international and internal migration and acculturation on Latino family structure and functioning, contemporary gender roles and sexualities, variations in family structure, race and class identity, and the impact of economic and cultural dislocation are examined. Family violence, addiction, mental and physical health, family resilience and coping strategies are also examined. The class is designed to prepare students to work in social service environments (including family and individual therapy, public policy, social welfare, health services, community advocacy, and education), with applicable understandings of the contemporary Latino family.
CALS 426 Chicano/Latino Sociolinguistics (4)
This course examines the role language plays in structuring social interactions among Chicanos/Latinos. The class includes an overview of the phonetics, morphology and lexicon of multiple varieties of Spanish and English, and explores issues such as dual-language acquisition, code switching, language maintenance, non-verbal communication, policy planning and bilingual education.
CALS 432 Latinas/os and Globalization (4)
This class will explore the effect that late-stage capitalist globalization has upon Latino workers. How do changes in the world economic system, including the advent of global free trade regions (NAFTA, FTZs) affect the composition and opportunities open to Latino populations. Examines the development of transnational economic and cultural networks as a result of globalization. Satisfies ethnic studies requirement in GE, category D5.
CALS 442 Race, Class, and Gender Among Latinos (4)
A course centered on the institutional, cultural and psychological components of race, class, and gender relations among Latinos and their effect on different communities. Institutional inequality, questions of assimilation and identity, attitudes, and effects of inequality on community activism and politics will be explored.
CALS 445 Chicano/Latino History (4)
An analysis of Chicano/Latino history, from the exploration and settlement of the Southwest to the present. To include an examination of such themes and topics as: the Chicano heritage, the Mexican War and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the land question, social banditry and other forms of resistance, the Chicano in the 20th Century, and contemporary Chicano/Latino issues, organizations and movements.
CALS 450 Chicano/Latino Children’s Literature (3-4)
An analysis of children’s literature written about and for Chicano/Latino children both in the U.S. and abroad. Students will review and analyze the literature for style and content. Includes the study of nontraditional literature collections from the Spanish-speaking community. Prerequisite: functional Spanish language skills.
CALS 451 Latina/o Humanisms (4)
A comparative analysis of the nature and meaning of race and ethnicity’s in the U.S. from its origins in Latin America to its cultural manifestations and social concepts. Discussion and study will be focussed from interdisciplinary perspectives, including the humanities, history, sociology, cultural and film studies. Satisfies upper-division ethnic studies in GE, category C3.
CALS 456 Sociology of Education/Latinos and Education (4)
This course introduces students to some key theoretical and empirical work in the sociology of education and Latinos. Because this is such a large field of research, the course will focus on the question of stratification and how systems of schooling maintain or alleviate inequality among Latino communities. We will examine classical approaches to schooling, schools as organizations, schools and their effects on social mobility, (class, race, and gender) stratification in achievement and attainment, tracking/ability grouping, theories and empirical work on social and cultural capital, school choice, and cross-national expansion of education. Our readings will cover both qualitative and quantitative studies in the field. Note: restricted to upper-division students.
CALS 458 CALS Research and Methodology (4)
This course introduces majors to advanced research techniques in order to enhance their research and information literacy competencies. A brief history of the field and an overview of current debates in the discipline will also be presented.
CALS 460 Cross-Cultural Math and Science for Teachers (3)
Taught in bilingual format, this course helps prospective teachers prepare for the classroom, providing linguistic and cultural depth and strategies in basic science areas and math concepts including number systems and problem-solving, metrics, geometry, probability and statistics. Prerequisite: Functional Spanish language skills and completion of GE math and science GE (Areas B1 and B2) requirements.
CALS 474 Major Authors in Chicano and Latino Literature (4)
A detailed study of representative authors, genre, period, or region, in consideration of socio-economic, political and cultural contexts. Requires critical discussion in class, annotated bibliography, and senior-level term paper.
CALS 479 Chicano/Latino Art History (4)
An analysis of art as expressed in the historical culture of Chicanos and Latinos, from ancient times to the present. A cultural art history approach. Field trips. Includes a studio practicum when offered for 4 units. Satisfies ethnic studies in GE, category C1.
CALS 480 Latin American Migration to the United States (4)
This course provides a broad overview of international migration to the United States, paying particular attention to Latin American migrants. The course attempts to understand what life is like for Latinos involved in migration to and from the United States. Attention is given to the diversity of today’s Latin American migrants, their social origins, their adaptation experiences and exits, and contexts of incorporation. The course also analyzes the experiences of different Latin American immigrant groups in the state of California.
CALS 495 Special Studies (1-4)
Independent study on a special topic for upper-division students. Prerequisite: completion and approval of a special studies form.
CALS 499 Internship (1-4)
An internship in Chicano and Latino Studies must combine: 1) service in a school or an agency where activity is related to the Latino community; 2) the selection of a topic for observation and study; 3) preparation of a bibliography and a reading list related to the internship activity; 4) a term paper that reflects both the internship work experience and appropriate research. The internship must be proposed and arranged ahead of time with the professor in CALS who will supervise the internship. Prerequisite: Senior status and completion of most CALS core classes.
CALS 595 Special Studies (1-4)
Directed study for graduate students. Prerequisite: completion and approval of a special studies form.