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DEPARTMENT OF CHICANA/CHICANO AND HEMISPHERIC STUDIES

The Department of Chicana/Chicano and Hemispheric Studies offers Minors in Chicano Studies, Latin-American Studies, Hemispheric Studies, and Public Service and Leadership.

Graduates of the Chicana/Chicano and Hemispheric Studies program are equipped to negotiate a region with the combined population of Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Latin America, rivaling the populations of India and China, and encompassing dynamic political cultures in a competitive hemispheric economy.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chicana/Chicano and Hemispheric Studies, the only one in the state of New Mexico, offers a rigorous concentration of study and inquiry into the origins, history, and socio-political development of Mexican Americans in the United States. Courses in the degree program focus not only on the Indo-Hispanic culture of the Hispanic Southwest but also on the significance of the United States in the North/South axis of the American hemisphere.

Herbert Eugene Bolton (“The Epic of Greater America,” 1931) argued for a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas and laid the groundwork for a comparative practice with plural perspectives.

Heeding Bolton’s argument, the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chicana/Chicano and Hemispheric Studies forges a comparative approach to studies in the following areas: Political Science, Art, Bilingual Education, History, Criminal Justice, Literature, Sociology, Spanish, Psychology, Cross-Cultural Communication, Anthropology, and Economics.

The degree in Chicana/Chicano and Hemispheric Studies fulfills the mission of the university to strengthen appreciation and understanding of the multilingual, multicultural population of the region and state.

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