Spring 2012 Classes Counting Towards Specialization (pdf)

Curricular Structure

Requirements for the Undergraduate Specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies

The student must complete a total of 20 credits, including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Both of the following courses (8 credits):

 

 

IAH

211C

Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D)

4

 

ISS

335

National Diversity and Change: United States (N)

4

 

 

These courses must focus on Chicano/Latino contentStudents should be advised by the Director or an advisor in the Chicano/Latino Studies office before registering for either of these courses.

 

2.

Three of the following courses (9 credits):

 

 

ANP

412

Social and Cultural Status of Latinos in the U.S.

3

 

ENG

351

Chicano and Latino Literatures in English

3

 

FCE

442

Ethnic Minority Families in America

3

 

HST

327

History of Mexican Americans in the United States

3

 

HST

383

The Caribbean

3

 

HST

385

Modern Spanish Central and South America

3

 

SOC

215

Race and Ethnicity

3

 

SPN

345

Spanish American Culture

3

 

SPN

346

Hispanic Cultures in the United States

3

 

SPN

485

Topics in Hispanic Literatures of the Americas

3

 

This requirement may be fulfilled by other courses with a Chicano/Latino focus, 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 Chicano/Latinos in the United States. Typically, courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, and Social Science are used to satisfy the requirement. A list of approved courses is available from the CLS office.

 

3.

One of the following three options (3 credits):

 

 

a.

A supervised internship relevant to Chicano/Latino studies with a public or private agency or organization.  To satisfy this option, the student must complete one course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Coordinator and the advisor for Chicano/Latino studies.

 

 

b.

Directed study abroad relevant to Chicano/Latino studies. To satisfy this option, the student must complete one course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Coordinator and the advisor for Chicano/Latino studies.

 

 

c.

A research experience relevant to Chicano/Latino studies.  To satisfy this option, the student must complete one course of at least 3 credits approved in advance by the Associate Dean in the College of Social Science.

 

Undergraduate Specialization Completion Requirements

Upon completion of the requirements for the Specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies as approved by the Director and the advisor, and the Associate Dean of the College of Social Science, the student should contact the advisor for Chicano/Latino studies and request certification for the completion of the specialization.  After the certification is approved by the Dean of the College of Social Science, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the specialization and the date that it was completed. This certification will appear on the student's transcript.

Internships

Chicano/Latino Studies students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities.  The Chicano/Latino Studies program is available to help students find or develop internships to fulfill the CLS requirement.  In order to apply an internship towards the specialization requirements, students must be enrolled in SSC 493, or an equivalent course in another college, for 3 credits.

Before accepting an internship, students should consult with the Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program to ensure that it meets program requirements.  Email cls@msu.edu for an appointment.

Campus Internship Resources

College of Social Science Career Services  http://www.socialscience.msu.edu/career_services/

Career Services Network: Finding an Internship    http://www.csp.msu.edu/internships

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities at Michigan State University.  Students who plan to use a study abroad course to fulfill a Chicano/Latino Studies Program curriculum requirement are urged to consult with the Director of the CLS program prior to registration to ensure the appropriateness of the course.

Research Experience

Students may pursue directed research experiences relevant to Chicano/Latino Studies by registering for an independent study with a faculty mentor.  The Director of Chicano/Latino Studies must approve course content prior to enrolling in the course.