CALS Learning Objectives
Students pursing a program of study in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies will achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Develop the ability to conduct empirical research using qualitative methods.
- Learn to transform an idea into a research plan by focusing on the mechanics of research design.
- Become familiar with contemporary social theories (Marxism, postcolonialism, feminism, critical race theory) that explain the relationship of Latinos, as individuals and as a group, to social institutions and public policy.
- Understand the history of Latinos in relation to the development of the United States as a nation and the role this plays on the continuing racialization of this population.
- Recognize the importance that differences in national origin, mode of immigration, citizenship, skin color, gender and sexuality have in shaping experiences and tension with the Latino population.
- Understand the importance of race as a category of social stratification and oppression in the United States and the impact this has on Latino populations
- Explore the contributions Latinos have made to American artistic and cultural production.
- Develop an understanding of Latino histories in the United States with attention to distinct periods and regions.
- Understand the contribution of Latinos to social, labor, and political activism.
- Understand how Latin American immigration has affected the United States socially, economically, culturally and politically.