Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies

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The Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies program provides students with a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and methodologies that define the field. The program prepares students to pursue graduate and professional studies or alternatively to begin careers in the public or private sectors. The consists of :

  • 12 units of core courses,
  • 12 units of courses chosen from three focus areas, and
  • 15 units of electives chosen on advisement from the list of courses that are offered by the department.

Students must complete at least one 3-unit Community Service Learning internship and online reflection component for the major.

There are three broad areas of course offerings in Latina/Latino Studies:

  1. Arts and Humanities - The department offers courses in art history, Aztec philosophy, literature, film, journalism and comparative music folklore.
  2. History - The department offers, a comparative Latino history course that fulfills the statutory requirement for U.S. History as well as specialized history courses on the diverse Latino subgroups in the United States: Mexican American, Central, South and Caribbean Americans.
  3. Behavioral and Social Science - The department offers a range and variety of courses on public and social policy issues in health, education, family, immigration, community life, politics, economy, communications, juvenile and criminal justice as well as courses on race, gender, and social inequality.

Latina/Latino Studies (B.A.) — 39 units

Core Courses (12 units)

LTNS 215Introduction to Latina/o Studies3
LTNS 410Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os3
LTNS 435Oral History Methods: Theory and Practice3
LTNS 680Latina/o Community Organizing3

Arts and Humanities (3 units)

selected on advisement from the following

LTNS 222Latina/o Art History3
LTNS 225Survey of Latina/o Visual Images3
LTNS 230Introduction to Latina/o Literature3
LTNS 270Latina/o Arts and Humanities3
LTNS 286Policy Making and Latinos3
LTNS 305Latina/o Studies Creative Writing Workshop3
LTNS 409Latina/o Cinema3
LTNS 425Popular and Traditional Music of the Latina(o) Diaspora3
LTNS 440Caribbean Cultures and Spirituality3
LTNS 455Resistance Literature of the Americas3
LTNS 475Aztec Philosophy3
LTNS 490Latina/o Teatro Workshop3
LTNS 520North and South American Cultural Expression3
LTNS 530Latina/os and the Media3
LTNS 536Latina/o Journalism3
LTNS 560Contemporary Latina/o Literature3
LTNS 575Latina/o Culture and Identity3
LTNS 679Central American Literature: Roots to the Present3

History (3 units)

selected on advisement from the following

LTNS 435Oral History Methods: Theory and Practice3
LTNS 450Indigenismo: Indigenous Cultures of the Americas3
LTNS 265Topics in Latina/o History3
LTNS 315Latina/os in California (CSL)3
LTNS/HIST 278History of Latinos in the U.S.3
LTNS 460Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage3
LTNS 465Mexican-Americans: History and Heritage3
LTNS 467Caribbeans in the U.S.: History and Heritage3
LTNS 501Latin America: The National Period3
LTNS 533History of Women in Latin America3

Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 units)

selected on advisement from the following

LTNS 205Cyber Raza: Culture and Community On-line (CSL)3
LTNS 210Latina/Latino Health Care Perspectives (CSL)3
LTNS 211Latina/o Families Narrative3
LTNS 276Latina/o, U.S. Government, and Constitutional Ideals (CSL)3
LTNS 280Transculturation and Latina/o Communities3
LTNS 286Policy Making and Latinos3
LTNS 355Black-Indians in the Americas3
LTNS 380Afro/Latina/o Diasporas3
LTNS 410Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os (CSL)3
LTNS 415Economic Progress of Latinos in the U.S. (CSL)3
LTNS 430Race, Crime, and Justice (CSL)3
LTNS 445Gendered Borders: Latinas and Globalization3
LTNS 470Latina/o Immigration to the U.S. (CSL)3
LTNS 485Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice (CSL)3
LTNS 500Latina/o Community Mental Health3
LTNS 505Gender, Sexuality, and Latino Communities3
LTNS 515Transnational Character of Human Rights in Central America3
LTNS 580Educational Equity (CSL)3
LTNS 640Sociology of the Latino Experience3
LTNS 660Latina/o Politics (CSL)3
LTNS 670Mexican Politics and Society (CSL)3
LTNS 680Latina/o Community Organizing (CSL)3
LTNS 685Projects in the Teaching of Latina/o Studies1-4
LTNS 690Community Fieldwork in Latina/o Studies3
LTNS 692Cuba: Health, Education, and Culture3
LTNS 693Cuba: Community Service Learning (CSL)3
LTNS 694Community Service Learning (CSL)1-3
LTNS 698Senior Seminar in Latina/o Studies3
LTNS 707Seminar in Latina/o Studies3

Electives (15 units)

selected on advisement

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

Note: Students must complete at least one community service learning module consisting of 3 units of LTNS 694 and 3 units selected from Latina/Latino Studies courses designated (CSL). The two courses must be taken concurrently. Courses marked (CSL) offer internship opportunities.

Complementary Studies

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies must complete at least twelve units in Complementary Studies with a prefix other than LTNS, and not cross-listed with LTNS. These units may be in

  1.  a Spanish or other Latin American Language
  2. one course from each of these prefixes: AAS, AFRS, AIS, and RRS;
  3. 12 units in one of the prefixes AAS, AFRS, AIS or RRS;
  4. partial completion of a minor, or partial completion of a certificate;
  5. a study abroad program in Latin America; or
  6. upon advisement, a coherent group of courses complementary to the major.

With the approval of an advisor in the major, courses which fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement may be lower or upper division units, resident or transfer units.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

First Time Student Roadmap (4 year)

This 2016 - 2017 roadmap opens in a new tab.

Transfer Student Roadmap (2 year)

For students with a Social Justice Studies Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T). This 2016 - 2017 roadmap opens in a new tab.

For students with a Spanish Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T). This 2016 - 2017 roadmap opens in a new tab.

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Social Justice Studies or Spanish

California legislation SB 1440 (2009), mandated the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to be awarded by the California Community Colleges. Two types of ADTs are awarded: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). Note: no specific degree is required for admission as an upper division student. However, the ADT includes specific guarantees related to admission and graduation, and is designed to clarify the transfer process and strengthen lower division preparation for the major.

An ADT totals sixty units and includes completion of all lower division GE and at least eighteen units in a specific major. Students pursuing an ADT are guaranteed admission to the CSU if minimum eligibility requirements are met, though not necessarily to the CSU campus of primary choice.

Upon verification that the ADT has been awarded prior to matriculation at SF State, students are guaranteed B.A. or B.S. completion in 60 units if pursuing a “similar” major after transfer. Determinations about “similar” majors at SF State are made by faculty in the discipline.

Degree completion in 60 units cannot be guaranteed when a student simultaneously pursues an additional major, a minor, certificate, or credential.

A sample advising roadmap for students who have earned an ADT and is continuing in this major at SF State is available on the Roadmaps tab and displays

  • How many lower division units required for the major have been completed upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • Which lower division requirements are considered complete upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • How to complete the remaining 60 units for the degree in four semesters.

Students who have earned an ADT should seek advising in the major department during the first semester of attendance.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.