Chicana and Chicano Studies (CHST)


CHST 101. INTRODUCTION TO CHICANO CULTURE. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: ANTH 161.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
A study of Chicano culture providing an initial overview of its roots and conflicts. Specific components discussed are cultural identity, customs, language, psychology and the arts.

CHST 196. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental

CHST 197. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-3 Credits.

Workshop, short course, conference.

CHST 199. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

Directed Study

CHST 201. LATINAS/OS IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: ANTH 201.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
The course examines the experience of the other Latinos (Hispanics) in the United States: Puerto Rican, Cuban American and Central Americans. The course presents a brief historical overview of their entrance in American Society and a demographic comparison of significant socio-economic variables of the groups. The primary focus of the course is to examine the social and cultural profile of the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American groups in the U.S. The course covers historical, social and cultural themes, which include the impact of American institutions on identity, culture, language, the family and the future implications of immigration from Latin America.

CHST 218. CHICANO HISTORY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HIST 218.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
This course offers a study of Chicano history from the time of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, to the present. Specific themes discussed include the Mexican American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, the economic, political and social conditions after the Anglo-American conquest of the southwest, Mexican immigration to the U.S., Chicano labor history, the Chicano movement and other Chicano themes.

CHST 230. CHICANAS AND LATINAS IN THE U.S.. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHST 101 or ANTH 161.
This course provides a description and analysis of the experience of Chicanas and Latinas in the United States. First, the course presents a review of Chicana studies scholarship and the evolution of Chicana feminist theory. Next, the course examines the historical, cultural, political and social-economic themes which define the experience of Chicanas/Latinas in the United States.

CHST 296. EXPERIMENTAL. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

CHST 297. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Workshop, short course, conference.

CHST 300. SURVEY OF CHICANO LITERATURE. 5 Credits.

Notes: CHST 101 or CHST 218 recommended.
This course will offer students an overview of the historical development and current trends in Chicano Literature. The course will focus on the literary forms of poetry, novel, and the short story. The class will give students an understanding of various theoretical approaches utilized in critically analyzing literary works. Students will be expected to read, discuss, and apply theoretical techniques on specific Chicano literary works.

CHST 310. LATINAS/OS IN THE U.S. MEDIA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHST 101, CHST 218, ANTH 161 or HIST 218 or permission of instructor.
This course surveys how Latinos and Latinas have been depicted in film, news, television and other media formats in the United States. The first section of the course examines Hollywood depictions of the Latino/a experience in the film industry from the early period of U.S. cinema to contemporary representations as well as the depiction of US Latinos/as in Mexican cinema. The second section examines the depictions of Latinos/as in television and the news. Finally, the course presents the emergence of Chicano cinema from the early documentary to the full length dramatic feature.

CHST 320. CHICANO-LATINO POLITICS IN AMERICA. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: POLI 350 (may be cross-listed).
Notes: CHST 101 or CHST 218 recommended.
The purpose of this course is to study the political reality of Latinos in the United States: a heterogeneous group made up largely of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban American origin and others (Central and South Americans). The focus taken in this class is to look at the Latino population in terms of its orientation to the political system, its institutions and actors and their participation in the electoral process. The course will examine the political orientation of the Latino community towards power, authority, role of government and actions taken by governmental bodies and linkages to political participation. Overall, the goal of the course is for students to have a better understanding of the political experience of the second largest racial/ethnic group in the United States.

CHST 330. LATINO IMMIGRATION TO THE U.S.. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHST 101, CHST 218, ANTH 161, HIST 218 or permission of the instructor.
This course is a historical overview of Latino immigration from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Special attention is given to the largest Latino sub groups in the United States. This course examines the social phenomenon of labor migration and immigration from Latin America and places it in the context of political economic national inequalities. Themes covered in the course include the transnational character of Latino immigrants, the political economy of immigration, the social and cultural impact of immigrants in the U.S. Latino communities and the transnational economic links between the sending and receiving communities.

CHST 331. LATINO FAMILY IN THE U.S.. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CHST 101, CHST 218, ANTH 161, HIST 218 or permission of the instructor.
This course presents an overview of the general direction of current scholarship on the Chicano/Latino family, with a special focus on basic familial structure and the dynamics of change. First, the course examines traditional interpretations and methodologies and suggests alternative theoretical perspectives. Second, the course examines research issues such as familism, machismo, gender roles, parenting, divorce, family violence, aging, immigration and family, and public policy on family life.

CHST 340. LATINA/O COMMUNITIES IN THE U.S.: FIELD RESEARCH IN CHICANA/O, LATINA/O STUDIES. 5 Credits.

The course is designed to accomplish three objectives. First it presents a typology of the diverse experience of Latina/o Communities in the US. Second, it provides a critical review of theories and methods utilized in the study of the Chicano-Latino experience in the US. Third it incorporates a field research component whereby students apply the theories and methods examined in the course.

CHST 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental

CHST 398. SEMINARS. 1-5 Credits.

Seminar

CHST 420. READINGS IN DECOLONIZATION. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: IDST 420.
Pre-requisites: IDST 101 and CHST 101 or ANTH 161.
This course grounds students in the theory and concepts of colonization, decolonization and indigenous peoples in America, with brief comparisons with global indigenous peoples and experiences. Through that theoretical understanding, students examine and formulate ways in which decolonization can impact and be integrated into indigenous lives and communities in a meaningful way.

CHST 495. INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

CHST 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSES. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental

CHST 498. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Chicano topics discussed from various disciplines including the humanities and social sciences.

CHST 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
An in-depth, independent research project.