Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies
The Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Although the CLS 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.
The Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies is designed to help students to understand the multicultural dimensions of society; to gain knowledge of Chicana/o and US Latina/o scholarship and scholars; and to apply that knowledge to the study of Chicana/o and US Latina/o communities and life. The minor draws on research, teaching, and community service among Chicanas/os and Latinas/os that:
- Focuses intensively on the histories of different racial and cultural sub–groups of Latinos.
- Draws larger theoretical lessons from comparisons among these groups and between non–Latino populations.
- Seeks to articulate general principles that shape racial and ethnic relations.
- Explores how ethnic identity is constructed and reconstructed over time.
- 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 CLS minor should consult the Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.
Requirements for the Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies
The student must complete a total of 15 credits including:
- Take CLS 201 (3 credits):
- Take three of the following courses which focus on Chicano Latino content (9 credits):
ENG 351 Chicano and Latino Literatures in English (3 credits)
HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America (3 credits)
GSAH 230 Values/Experience/Difference* (3 credits)
HST 327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States (3 credits)
PLS 304 Minority Politics (3 credits)
SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity* (3 credits)
SOC 499 Social Issues and Change in Society* (3 credits)
SPN 345 Spanish American Culture* (3 credits)
SPN 350 Intro Reading Hispanic Lit (3 credits)
SPN 346 Hispanic Cultures in the United States (3 credits)
SPN 412 Topics in Hispanic Cultures* (3 credits)
SPN 485 Topics in Hispanic Literatures of the Americas* (3 credits)
SPN 491 Topics: Literature of Hisp Caribbean* (3 credits)
Students make take one (1) of the following in partial fulfillment of this requirement:
HST 383 The Caribbean (3 credits)
HST 384 Modern Mexico (3 credits)
HST 385 Modern Spanish Central and South America (3 credits)
*These courses meet the requirement only if one-fourth (1/4) of the content is focused on Chicanas/os and US Latinas/os.
This requirement may be fulfilled by other courses with a focus on US Latinas/os, 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 Latinas/os in the United States.
- One of the following three options (3 credits):
- CLS 493 or a supervised internship relevant to Chicano/Latino Studies with a public, private or non-profit agency or organization. To satisfy this option, the student must complete one internship course of at least 3 credits, approved in advance by the Director of Chicano/Latino studies.
- Directed study abroad/away relevant to Chicano/Latino studies. To satisfy this option, the student must complete one study abroad/away course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Director for Chicano/Latino studies.
- A research experience relevant to Chicano/Latino studies, such as CLS 490: Independent Study in CLS. To satisfy this option, the student must complete one independent study course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Director of Chicano/Latino Studies.
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