Course Catalog

Whether you are interested in taking individual classes or pursuing an Academic Certificate in Chicano Studies, our course catalog has lots to offer! Below are a list of currently available classes, as well as important academic regulations and policies that govern progress towards transferring credits to Prescott College.

After you have completed the application form and have been accepted into our program, you will receive your password to the student portal, where you will be able to register for classes.

If you have any questions regarding classes, an Academic Certificate, or transfer credits, please consult our student FAQ, or reach out to one of our student advisors.

Currently Available Classes:

CS 101: Introduction to Mexican American Studies
Ernesto Mireles, Instructor

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the academic discipline of Xicano Studies in the United States. Students will learn about the foundational struggles of Xicano studies and will be introduced to the major theoreticians and theories underpinning our contemporary understandings of Xicana/o/x indigeneity. Students taking this class will engage in primary resource research and will assist in an active research project that investigates the creation of a Xicano Studies program.

CS 120: Building Xicanx Political Power
Ernesto Mireles, Instructor

Course Description: This is an advanced course on community organizing that will take the student through readings, assignments, and self-directed workshops to 1. Understand the flow of Xicano power in their own community, 2. Understand low intensity organizing model, 3. Develop a theory of power for their local community 4. Develop organizing and mobilizing structures in their community that can connect national structures. This course is primarily for individuals who have some organizing experience. 

CS 122: Bringing Xicano History to the Present
Jerry Garcia, Instructor

Course Description: Chicanos have made an indelible mark on American culture. This course offers an overview of Chicano history from Mesoamerican origins through the twentieth century. This course will have at least three foci. First, focusing on the contributions of Chicanos to the economic and cultural developments of what became the U.S. Second, since the forced incorporation of Mexicans, U.S. Popular culture has depicted them in multiple forms. These forms have ranged from the bandido image in Western films to the exotic native land in the U.S. Part of this course will explore the history of Chicanos in the U.S. and the origins of these popular and often negative portrayals of Mexicans in popular culture. Third, this history course will examine how Mexicans responded to such images through the interrelationship between society, history, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion as expressed through Chicano cultural forms to include music, theatre, film, and visual art.

CF 101: Digital Aztlan: Chicano Storytelling in the Age of Digital Media
Kurly Tlapoyawa, Instructor

Course Description: This course will cover the basics of visual storytelling/documentary filmmaking using digital media. Students will draw from personal experiences and interests in order to create documentary short films.

CS 102: Organizing in Diverse Communities
Julio Cesar Guerrero, Instructor

Course Description: This course will examine multicultural, multilingual organizing as a process of promoting intergroup relations and social development at the community level. Included will be content on efforts by groups to maintain their identities while also interacting and cooperating across cultural boundaries. Students will apply existing practice to multicultural situations and develop emergent skills for the future. This course will examine concepts and techniques of multicultural, multilingual organizing. Relevant strategies and tactics that promote positive intergroup relations and pluralism at the community level will be analyzed (e.g., inter-ethnic planning and multi-group coalition building). Students will be prepared for the roles they can expect to serve in building a racially, ethnically, and religiously heterogeneous society.

CJ 101: Introduction to Journalism
David Weinstock, Instructor

Course Description: A skills course to teach journalism news writing style. Students will learn the basic skills required of journalists to effectively present news to audiences in blogs and podcasts.

Interested in taking classes? Apply for admission today!

Transfer Policy:

No student is under any obligation to attend Prescott College or engage in the prior learning assessment process for college credit. There is also no limit to the amount of course one student can take. The 32-credit limit applies ONLY to the number of credits that will be granted by Prescott College.

Credit Breakdown

  Introductory course (two courses)  8
Tracks: Health, Organizing, Arts/Humanities & Communications, Indigenous Studies, Business, Interdisciplinary (choose four courses)  16
  Electives (two courses)  8
   32 credits

Each students who are planning on applying to the prior assessment learning courses with Prescott College will be required to take the two courses: Introduction to Xicano/a Studies: Bringing Xicano History to the Present and Introduction to Xicano/a Studies: Social Structure & Contemporary Conditions (8 credits). Students will not be able to move on to the prior assessment-learning course until these classes are a part of their transcript.

After these courses, students will be required to take 16 credits in the track of their choice. After these courses are completed, students will be at 24 credits.

After completing, the courses for the track students can then take another eight credits of their choice. This brings the student to 32 credits; at this point, they are eligible to take the prior learning assessment course through Prescott College.

Of course, students can take as many courses as the want. However, they will only be able to get up to 32 credits through the PC prior learning assessment courses.

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