Degree Spotlight: What is Chicano Studies and Why Choose It as Your Major?
by UTEP Connect
If you’ve ever been interested in learning the stories of or advocating for populations of Mexican origin living within the United States, Chicano/Chicana Studies at UTEP could be the field for you. While this unique degree program can certainly position you for a career in academia, there are additional professional opportunities to consider.
Dive into the program – from requirements to coursework and potential careers – below:
What is Chicano/Chicana Studies?
Chicano/Chicana Studies focuses on the Mexican-origin population in the United States – from history to culture and related contemporary issues. More specifically, this research-based instructional program offers a curriculum grounded in social justice and community empowerment. As a student in this program, you’d be privy to an interdisciplinary curriculum that embraces local, national, and global frameworks for addressing race, class, gender, and sexuality paradigms that continue to inform the Chicano/Chicana experience in the United States.
What can I do with a Chicano/Chicana Studies degree?
One of the key benefits of getting your Bachelor’s in Chicano/Chicana Studies is that you can parlay it into any number of careers. Some ideas by interest area include:
• Research and Education: Primary and Secondary Education, Language Services, Community Education, Student Affairs
• Policy and Advocacy: Government, Economics, Fundraising/Development, Immigration, Public Health, Grant Writing, Policy Development, Community Outreach
• Arts and Publishing: Creative Writing, Journalism, Research and Analysis, Broadcasting, Museum Studies, Arts Programming, Art History
• Public and Human Services: Counseling, Diversity & Inclusion, Mental Health Services, Case Management, Social Work, Program Management, Community Relations, Administration
• Business and Industry: International Business, International Development, Management, Logistics, Labor Relations, Training, Human Resources, Travel and Tourism
What’s unique about the Chicano/Chicana Studies program at UTEP?
The University of Texas at El Paso has access to a unique bi-national, tri-state region that empowers students to explore Chicano Studies within the framework of social justice and democracy. The program prepares students for their roles as global citizens through an interdisciplinary, relevant, and transformative curriculum covering the dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico border; issues of identity like race, gender, and class; and historic and culturally relevant landmarks of the Chicano experience.
Plus, this bachelor’s degree is available online – meaning you can pursue your degree while balancing already existing family and job obligations.
What are the degree requirements?
At the University of Texas at El Paso, you can complete this degree entirely online – with 120 credit hours allocated as follows:
• General Education: 42 credit hours
• Liberal Arts Block Electives: 18 credit hours
• Foreign Language: 6 credit hours
• Chicano Studies Major: 30 credit hours
• Minor Course Requirements: 24 credit hours
Past examples of Chicano Studies courses have included:
• Chicano Studies: Societal Issues
• Chicano Cinema
• Chicana/o Identity Formation: Race/Class/Gender
• American Immigration and Societal Justice
• The Roots of Latino/a Hip Hop: The Sounds of Struggle
• And more!
Interested in learning more about how you can get your Online Bachelor’s in Chicano Studies? Speak to one of our enrollment counselors today.