Online Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies
- Available in an easily accessible 100% online format
- Provides knowledge of the Mexican origin population in the U.S. in a multi- and inter-disciplinary framework
- Is a good complement to another specialization such as criminal justice, public administration, social work and the health professions
The online BA in Chicano Studies is ideal for professionals seeking to work in positions (both in the private and public sector) that require knowledge of the Mexican origin population together with literacy and digital communication skills.
Its fully online format makes it readily available to aspiring professionals all across the country who want to learn more about the historical, socioeconomic and cultural presence of the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S.
Image by Ernesto Martinez, Chicano Studies Artist-in-Residence
Why a Chicano Studies Degree Online?
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.
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
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.
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.
The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as these help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- UTEP has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) top tier universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona and California-Berkeley.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Online Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies Curriculum
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.
|Chicano Studies: Societal Issues||Undertake an interdisciplinary analysis of the salient historical, cultural, and social issues of contemporary importance to the Chicana/o population, with a particular emphasis on the U.S.-Mexico border.|
|Chicana/o Literature||Examine the presence of the Mexican origin population in the U.S. across generations through the informative and creative lens of literary forms like novels, short stories and oral histories.|
|Chicano Cinema||Study the American film industry with respect to the Chicana/o's role, historically and culturally, in the genre. Watch a series of films, including Hollywood commercials and Chicana/o-made films, as part of an analysis of Chicana/o images and their impact on American popular culture. Also peruse analytical constructs and techniques used in cultural anthropology, sociology, film criticism and history. Course fee required.|
|Chicano Legal History||Analyze the salient judicial cases and federal and state legislation that have affected the status of Hispanics and their participation in American society.|
|Chicano Theater*||Examine the Chicana/o and Chicanismo through drama and theatrical presentations. Acquire an overview of Chicano theatre history and the skills necessary to analyze and critique theatre. Learn about Chicano theatre theory, aesthetics, genres, and basic theatre criticism. Analyze theatre through an examination of playwriting, style and genre with the goal of learning how to view theatre critically and to develop a systematic and convincing interpretation of the plays read and watched.*Note: You need to take either this course OR The Roots of Latina/o Hip-Hop: The Sounds of the Struggle. You do not need to take both.|
|The Roots of Latino/a Hip-Hop: The Sounds of Struggle*||Explore the musical, social, political, cultural and economic conditions that brought about urban youth culture in the late 1970s. Special focus will be placed on the multi-cultural aspect of the birth of hip-hop, wherein youth forge an alternative culture based on the collected awareness of the plight of the urban non-White working class in America. Examine Chican@ rappers in light of a 500-year history of Hispanics in the New World, the development of clashing musical cultures between the elite and the masses in California from 1850 to the 1960s and the development of music in Los Angeles from its founding in 1769 to the present.*Note: You need to take either this course OR Chicano Theater. You do not need to take both.|
|Mexican American History||Learn about the history of ethnic Mexicans in the United States, and in particular in the Southwestern U.S. since the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, with emphasis on social, political, and economic interactions between Mexican- and Anglo-American cultures and institutions.|
|Latinos in the American Political System||Study the role of Latinos in the American political system with emphasis on their impact on political participation, representation, demographic changes and their quest for political empowerment.|
|Chicana/o Identity Formation: Race/Class/Gender||Undertake an interdisciplinary examination of the social, political, and economic forces that characterize Chicana identities in American society. Compare and contrast historical and contemporary Chicana experiences to better understand how such issues as masculinity, whiteness, homophobia, nationalism and globalization re-define, incorporate, or neglect Chicana identities in the United States. Closely examine Chicana and third-world feminism and the categories of gender and sexuality to better understand how Chicana/o identities challenge and negotiate American norms.|
|Cultural Diversity & Youth: US||Delve into the socioeconomic and cultural characteristics of ethnic groups in the U.S. and how they affect the participation of these groups in the American education system. Also study specific policies and practices in those institutions which promote or inhibit participation.|
|American Immigration & Social Justice||Examine the economic, social, cultural, and political impact immigrants have had on the United States over time, as well as the relationship between economic development, migration, nationalism, identity and human rights. Explore the notion of who is or is not allowed to enter the U.S., and under what circumstances; the ways the border is defined, understood, reified, and patrolled and what this tells us about national identity, citizenship and public policy.|