Steps to Graduate with a M. A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies



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Steps to Graduate with a M.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies

California State University, Northridge



Step 1: Classification

Your letter of admittance informed you of your classification status. You were either admitted into the program as a conditionally classified graduate student or as a classified graduate student. If you were admitted as a classified student you have completed step 1.


If you are a conditionally classified graduate student you must fulfill the following requirements: (1) the GRE and/or (2) pass the CSU Upper-Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE). The department recommends that you complete this requirement by the end of your first year.
For more information on testing:




















Please go on-line to http://www.csun.edu/testing/upper/ to obtain additional information about registration and the details about the exam.
Please set an appointment with the Master program coordinator in our department when you have fulfilled the requirement(s) to fill out the Request for Classification form.
Step 2: Course Requirements

A total of 33 units are necessary to graduate from the Master’s program in Chicana and Chicano Studies. In particular, students are required to take 30 units of course work and 3 units for the thesis or graduate project (creative project). A 3.0 grade point average or higher is required for all coursework in the program. The university provides students seven years from the date students are admitted to complete the requirements for this degree.


Year 1

All students are required to take the following courses in their first year of the program:

(1) CH S 500: Seminar in Chicana/o Studies (3 units),

(2) CH S 501: Seminar in the Social Sciences and the Chicana/o (3 units),

(3) CH S 502: Seminar in the Humanities and the Chicana/o (3 units),

(4) CH S 507: Seminar in Chicana/o Studies Research Methods (3 units)

Enrollment in CH S 500 and 501 is required in the Fall semester and CH S 502 and CHS 507 is required in the Spring semester.
Year 1, 2, & 3

Students are required to take six elective courses (18 units) throughout the course of the program. Four of the six elective courses (12 units) must be 500 level courses in Chicano Studies. There is some flexibility with the six remaining units. For example, graduate students can take up to 6 units (2 courses) of 400 level courses with prior approval from the program coordinator. Also, these flexible units can be taken outside of the department with prior approval. It is critical that you meet with the program coordinator to determine the best course of action for coursework given your time constraints, and future academic and career goals.


The following is a list of current upper division electives in Chicano Studies:
CH S 503: Seminar in Chicana/o and the Arts (3 units)

CH S 504: Xicana Visual Art (3 units)

CH S 505: Advanced Field Work in the Barrio (3 units)

CH S 506: Studies in the Education of the Chicana/o (3 units)

CH S 514: Performance and Identity (3 units)

CH S 560: Seminar in Chicana/o Politics (3 units)

CH S 584: Novel of the Mexican Revolution (3 units)

CH S 587: The Contemporary Mexican Novel (3 units)

CH S 595A-Z: Selected Topics (3 units)
Year 2 or 3

Lastly, enrollment in CH S 698 thesis course (3 units) or graduate project (3 units) occurs the semester of anticipated graduation. The university grants students two years from the point of enrollment in CH S 698 to complete thesis.


Step 3: Advancement to Candidacy
Year 1 or 2

This traditionally occurs during the spring of the first year or fall of second year. The three criteria that allow you to move to advanced candidacy are (1) classified status, (2) completion, approval and submission of Thesis/Graduate Project Planning Form, and (3) a 3.0 grade point average in graduate coursework at CSUN.


Step 4: Formal Program and Thesis Project Planning Form
Students are required to meet with the graduate advisor each semester to ensure all requirements are being met. When you are ready to select your thesis committee a Thesis Project Planning form must be filed electronically. Go to https://etd.csun.edu/ and log on with your user name and password to file the form.
In addition, students should submit an Application for Graduation a semester prior to the completion of their degree. The application is found on-line through graduate studies (http://www.csun.edu/anr/forms/appmstrs.pdf) and the completed form with $47 fee should be submitted to Admissions and Records (located in the lobby of Bayramian Hall). While there is no official deadline for applying to graduate, the graduate office highly recommends that students complete and submit the form early in the semester so as to allow them time to complete your Master’s Degree Graduation Evaluation. This form tells you what requirements you still need to complete, and/or what forms are incomplete in your graduate student file.
Step 5: The Culminating Experience
The final requirement to complete your Master’s is known as a culminating experience which in our department takes the form of either a thesis or a graduate project. A thesis is an original scholarly contribution to the field of Chicana and Chicano studies. The graduate project is an art or creative project which blends art/craft and political discourse and/or use of art for social or political and cultural purposes. Students must have previous art/creative experience to qualify to do the creative project.
It is critical that you work with Graduate Student Services during the semester that you are enrolled in CH S 698. They will provide you with deadlines for thesis or project review and the final date the university will accept your final product. It is your responsibility to be aware of these dates and to meet all university deadlines regarding your thesis or graduate project.
If the thesis or graduate project is not completed as anticipated and an additional semester is needed graduate students can enroll in the Culminating Experience with department approval. This option allows students to remain enrolled in the university and provides library privileges, but not health center services and has no unit value. The fee is $265 and is paid to the College of Extended Learning. In order to enroll, a student must have: (1) applied for graduation (or, if previously applied for graduation, file a date change form with Admission and Records, $8 fee); (2) classified standing, and (3) filed a formal program with the Graduate Studies Office. Enrollment is required in the semester the degree is awarded.


Checklist to Complete Degree in Two Years

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Year 1

FALL

SPRING

Forms

□ Classification



Forms

□ Thesis/ Graduate Project Planning Form



Coursework

□ CH S 500

□ CH S 501

□ Elective #1



Coursework

□ CH S 502

□ CH S 507

□ Elective #2



Thesis:

□ Think about topic and potential chair

and committee members


Thesis:

□ Identify chair and committee members to

complete Thesis/ Graduate Project

Planning Form

□ Start writing thesis proposal

□ Work on literature review during summer


Year 2

FALL

SPRING

Forms

□ Formal Program

Apply for Graduation

□ Human Subjects Application1



Forms

□ Culminating experience2

□ Signature Page (Approval page in thesis

following title page)



Coursework

□ Elective #3

□ Elective #4

□ Elective #5



Coursework

□ CH S 698C

□ Elective #6


Thesis:

□ Work on literature review

Write methods section

□ Meet with full committee for approval

before submitting Human Subjects

Application

□ Human subjects approval (IRB#)

□ Collect data



Thesis:

Data analysis

Write discussion

□ Thesis defense





Checklist to Complete Degree in Three Years

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Year 1

FALL

SPRING

Forms:

□ Classification



Forms: None

Coursework:

□ CH S 500

□ CH S 501


Coursework:

□ CH S 502

□ CH S 507


Thesis:

Think about topic



Thesis:

□ Think about potential chair and committee

members


Year 2

FALL

SPRING

Forms

□ Thesis/ Graduate Project Planning Form



Forms

□ Formal Program

□ Human Subjects Application3


Coursework

□ Elective #1

□ Elective #2


Coursework

□ Elective #3

□ Elective #4


Thesis:

□ Identify chair and committee members to

complete Thesis/ Graduate Project

Planning Form

□ Start writing thesis proposal



Thesis:

□ Work on literature review

□ Write methods section

□ Meet with full committee for approval

before submitting Human Subjects Application


Year 3

FALL

SPRING

Forms

□ Apply for Graduation



Forms

□ Culminating experience4

□ Signature Page (Approval page in thesis

following title page)



Coursework

□ Elective #5

□ Elective #6


Coursework

□ CH S 698C



Thesis:

□ Human subjects approval (IRB#)

□ Collect data


Thesis:

□ Data analysis

□ Write discussion

□ Thesis defense






1 This only applies if original data is collected for thesis.

2 This form is filled out only if the thesis is not completed by date stated in formal program and application for graduation.

3 This only applies if original data is collected for thesis.

4 This form is filled out only if the thesis is not completed by date stated in formal program and application for graduation.

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