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Chicano Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, PA,
Chicano and Latin American Studies (CLAS) is an interdisciplinary department that has been successful in presenting a highly informed, active, and challenging view of the Chicano/Latino experience in the United States and in U.S./Latin American relations.


Chicano and Latin American Studies provides an opportunity for a pluralistic exchange of ideas in an interdisciplinary academic setting, where faculty, students, and visiting Chicano and Latin American scholars can share experiences and create a dynamic, intellectual environment. 
The Chicano and Latin American Studies Department is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • to promote an awareness of the historical and cultural roots of Chicanos/Latinos in the United States
  • to enhance an understanding of Latin America
  • to cultivate an appreciation of ethnic and national differences among all people
  • to critically analyze the Chicano and the Latin American experience in terms of significant issues, theories, current problems, and solutions, and
  • to provide students with a set of important professional skills to be utilized as they interact creatively and constructively with Chicano/Latino communities and multicultural society at large.
  • The department emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of family life, history, politics, culture, and the arts of Chicano and Latin American communities. The courses reflect an integrated approach in providing students with greater knowledge and understanding of the social reality and diversity of Chicanos and Latin Americans.


    Officially accredited/recognized by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
    • Chicano Culture
    • Chicano Artistic Expression
    • Critical Thinking in Chicano and Latin American Studies
    • Introduction to Chicano-Latino Research Methods

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    Academic Requirements

    1.     Submit an online undergraduate application at CSU Mentor.

    Also, a non-refundable Application Fee of $55 USD for undergraduate application can be paid by credit card. During online application OR mailed in the form of check, money order or wire transfer payable to The California State University, Fresno.

    2.     Official English Proficiency Score Report (Institution Code: 4312)

    Undergraduate: TOEFL - Minimum of 61 iBT (500 PBT with official score report), or

                              IELTS - Minimum of 6.0 Band Score, or
                              PTE Academic - Minimum 49, or
                              ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or
                              FLS International Language School – Level 16, or       
                              TLC The Language Company – Level 9, or
                              UCLA Extension - Level 6
                              Pearson's Test of English - 49

    NOTE: Mail in an unofficial score report along with other required documents.

    3.     Original or certified copies of Academic Credentials with literal English translation.  Any coursework presented after an offer of admission is made will not be considered for credit.

    4.     Financial document (no older than 6 months) from sponsors showing the amount and source of support.

    5.     A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport.

    6.     Official admission test score report (ACT or SAT I) - if applicable
          For applicants who are currently studying in the US high schools without taking TOEFL or IELTS. 

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      372 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 372 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      372 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 372 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      347 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 347 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for California

    • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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