Online Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies
120 credit hours | In-state tuition: $420/credit hour | Out-of-state tuition: $540/credit hour
- Available in an easily accessible 100% online format
- Ideal for professionals seeking to work in positions (both in the private and public sector) that require knowledge of the Mexican origin population
- Curriculum explores the historical, socioeconomic and cultural presence of the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S. and teaches literacy and digital communication skills
- Degree is a good complement to another specialization such as criminal justice, public administration, social work and the health professions
Image by Ernesto Pedregon Martinez, Chicano Studies Artist-in-Residence
What is Chicano Studies?
As a field of study, Chicano Studies focuses on the Mexican origin population in the U.S. in a multi- and inter-disciplinary framework. It emphasizes the dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico border and also covers the broader presence of this population throughout the nation. In addition, it provides an opportunity for students to link that knowledge with other disciplines and professional careers and think critically about issues such as race, ethnicity, class and gender.
What Can You Do With a Chicano Studies Degree?
Graduates will be able to see themselves within the fabric of the U.S. as respected, intellectually strong and just contributors to the nation. In the course of the program, students will
- Learn about the history and contributions of the Mexican origin population to the United States
- Analyze the historical and contemporary context of Mexican-American students in the American school system
- Gain an understanding of immigration patterns and their impact on various sectors of industry, government and society
- Examine patterns of urban/rural settlement and employment of the Mexican origin population on the U.S.-Mexico border, compared to other regions
- Develop a wide variety of skills including oral and written communication in English and Spanish (all course work is in English), cross-cultural communication, research, digital communication, analytic and problem-solving skills.
- Acquire knowledge of binational dynamics that affect commerce, population movements and politics
Our student success initiative, the UTEP Edge, develops upon students’ assets through a variety of high-impact experiences. These experiences are designed to improve student skills and give UTEP students a competitive advantage as they move forward in their lives and careers. Our goal as a campus is to provide these UTEP Edge experiences to all students, regardless of their area of study, so they will graduate with a competitive advantage over their peers. These are the Edge experiences Chicano Studies students will have and the Edge skills they will graduate with:
- Student Leadership
- Community Engagement
- Learning Communities
- Creative Activities
- Rsearch and Scholarly Activity
- Study Abroad/Study Away
- Critical Thinking
- Global Awareness
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"(This program) is unbelievable and prospective online students will be grateful that they are able to take their courses and receive a degree from such a prestigious university such as UTEP." - Alejandra Vasquez-Macias, Student
Connect to Meaningful Employment Opportunities
In addition to proceeding to graduate or professional school, many graduates find employment in the following areas/organizations:
- Federal, state and local government in a wide-range of occupations
- Law enforcement at various levels
- Non-profit social service agencies
- Health professions
- Cultural Heritage and Preservation organizations
- Binational entities in the public and private sectors
The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
Work With Experienced Faculty
Our faculty bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to students ensuring that they acquire and apply research paradigms and skills in various settings and circumstances in order to stay competitive. Under their expert guidance, students will interface with students of various ethnic backgrounds and gender who reside in urban and rural settings. Students will be guided to access specialized resources for individual and group assignments that enhance their knowledge base and inquiry skill-set.
Chicano Studies faculty also provide students with technology and individual learning skills so they are comfortable working in a digital environment. Additionally, they ensure that students enjoy a safe interactive learning space that fosters group work and productive discussion.
MEET DR. IRMA MONTELONGO, the award-winning professor who credits her great-grandmother, who escaped the Mexican Revolution and came to the United States in 1915, for her enduring passion for history.READ MORE
UTEP’s curriculum embodies the depth and breadth of this area, and it is very strong on the U.S.-Mexico border dynamics, across various disciplines and specializations.