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Chicano Studies Major, B.A. with Secondary Social Studies Teacher Licensure Concentration

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Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Chicana/o Studies Major with a Concentration in Secondary Social Studies Licensure is designed for those students who plan to teach secondary Social Studies in Colorado.  The program includes a Chicana/o Studies Major, a Social Studies focus, and Secondary Education courses required by the Colorado Department of Education for licensure. 

Students interested in a Chicana/o Studies Major only should search the catalog separately for that program.

Student Outcomes

  • Analyze literary works including reference to genre, theme, and tone use of language; 
  • Identify and analyze cultural texts and artifacts as relevant sources of cultural production; 
  • Explain phenomena that shape gender roles and relations within Chicana/o & Latina/o communities; i.e. patriarchy, machismo, marianismo, virgin/whore dichotomy; 
  • Demonstrate intermediate competency in the principle domains of the Spanish language among Chicana/o & Latina/o populations in the U.S. 
  • Identify the sociolinguistic factors that reflect the evolution and utilization of the Spanish language among Chicana/o & Latina/o populations in the U.S. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize praxis: theory + action + reflection, in multiple settings:  
  • Analyze public policy issues that impact Chicana/o & Latina/o communities: i.e. legal, health care, globalization, free trade, immigration, education and climate change; 
  • Outline/explain major historical moments and figures that have shaped Chicana/o Latina/o socio-cultural   experiences; 
  • Compare and contrast diverse religious and spiritual experiences in Chicana/o Latina/o communities;  
  • Recognize the diverse indigenous peoples & communities throughout Meso-America and the contemporary Southwest, which have Chicana/o & Latina/o identities. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of pedagogical strategies in Social Studies for secondary school teaching.
  • Connect Literacy and Math-Utilize literacy, including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD), strategies as well as mathematics when teaching Social Studies.
  • Create Inclusive Teaching Environment-Create a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment that facilitates Social Studies learning for diverse populations, including CLD students.
  • Plan and deliver effective instruction in History, Civics, and Geography.
  • Demonstrate professionalism as a teacher candidate through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of first and second language acquisition and teaching strategies for CLD students.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 121 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • All courses required for teacher licensure must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 
    • This requirement can be satisfied with any CHS course with ESSJ designation

Chicano Studies Major: 24 credits

The Chicana/o Studies Department (CHS) adheres to the core values of social justice, human rights, empowerment, cultural responsiveness and service to community. Our teaching, scholarship and mentoring are informed by liberatory theories and pedagogical practices articulated in the work of scholars such as Paolo Freire, bell hooks, Angela Valenzuela, who assume that the teacher is not all-knowing or neutral; the teacher shares their knowledge within their philosophical framework and both teachers and students have a vested interest in the reciprocal process of learning. 

Our mission is to prepare and empower culturally responsive students to engage in critical thinking about the sociohistorical, multicultural, intersectional, and global contexts in which they live, learn and work; understand the changing demographics in US society; and to articulate and analyze public policy issues and implications grounded in the diverse experiences, expressions, social conditions of Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x and Indigenous communities.

Additional Social Science Courses for this Concentration: 33 credits

All students must complete thirty-three (33) credits of Social Science courses for this concentration. Note that twelve credits below can also satisfy General Studies requirements in these categories: Historical (3 credits), Natural and Physical Sciences (3 credits), Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits).

Senior Experience: 12 credits

Student Teaching offers an essential conclusion to this degree program. Typically, students should register for 12 credits of EDS 4290 in their final semester. Students who register for only 6 credits of EDS 4290 should also register for 6 credits of CLD 4590 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse: ESL Student Teaching Seminar.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Chicano Studies Major 24 credits
Additional Social Science Courses for this Concentration 33 credits
Foundations and Strategies for Secondary Teaching 34 credits
Senior Experience 12 credits
Total for the Chicano Studies Major, B.A. with Concentration in Secondary Social Studies Licensure 121 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Up to 15 of the 33 General Studies credits in this program may be fulfilled through requirements for the degree.

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