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Chicana and Chicano Studies (BA)

Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

Program Overview

The University of New Mexico offers an online Bachelor’s Degree completion program in Chicana and Chicano Studies, with a concentration in Transnational Latino Perspectives. This degree is perfect for professionals, politicians, community members and those looking to work with Latino immigrant and ethnic populations in the United States.

In the United States, societies are increasingly heterogeneous with Latinos emerging as vibrant ethnic communities. The population shift presents a critical need to build diversity awareness through an appreciation of multilingualism, multiculturalism, and thoughtful engagement.

Possible Careers

A degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies will help prepare students to enter the following academic pathways or careers:

  • Art and design
  • Film direction and production
  • Marketing, Journalism, professional writing
  • Diplomacy, International communications
  • Local and national governments, Public policy
  • Community and Regional Planning
  • Advising, Counseling, Legal profession
  • Public policy, research
  • Education, Business

Student Learning Outcomes

In your online course work, we will examine historical and contemporary dynamics and explore issues facing U.S.-based Latino descent communities. As we progress, you will gain skills to work, and live, with complex and changing populations in the United States.

In this program, you will:

  • Draw on diverse gendered, social, historical, economic and cultural perspectives to evaluate the historical and contemporary conditions, issues, and challenges facing diverse Mexican descent populations
  • Analyze intersectionality to understand the impact of the social construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality as it relates to diverse Chicana/o, and Latina/o communities
  • Apply technology in individual and collaborative learning situations to engage key concepts and problems, solve tasks, or develop solutions to problems
  • Engage in creative and community-responsive problem-solving to address questions of social justice facing community-based organizations
  • Evaluate the applicability, and relevance, of theories and approaches to Chicana/o experiences and to the discipline

Program Details

The Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) Managed Online Program offers all of the courses associated with the major requirements needed to complete the BA (with a concentration in Transnational Latino Perspectives) in an online, eight-week format.  To qualify, students must have already completed a majority of UNM core curriculum, as well as college and minor requirements.  A student with an associate's degree or at least 60-70 transferable college-level credit hours is ideally positioned for eligibility. Please see the information provided in the Degree Requirements tab. 

The major requirements for completing the BA degree in Chicana and Chicano  total 36 credit hours.  Special course sections are scheduled for Managed Online Program students and offered on a cyclical basis. Look for the courses in the current schedule of classes with a course comment that reads "Limited to managed online program students only."  Below is a listing of all of the required courses for the program.

Course NameCredit Hours
CCS 109Intro to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies3
CCS 201Introduction to CCS3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish3
CCS 310Immigration and Assimilation3
CCS 330Transnational Feminisms3
CCS 332Introduction to Chicana Studies3
CCS 364Raza Genders and Sexualities3
CCS 370Chicana/o Cultural Studies3
CCS 384Community Based Learning in CCS3
CCS 460Latinos in a Global Society3
CCS 480New Approaches in CCS3
CCS 490Advanced Seminar in CCS3


Additional Course Information

UNM operates on a semester calendar of Summer, Fall, and Spring.  Course schedules are available during each semester's registration period.  Registration opens in early April for the Summer and Fall Semesters and early November for the Spring Semester.   

View information for the current schedule of registration dates.

If you are interested in learning more about other online course offerings, in addition to the ones associated with the psychology managed online program, see the current schedule of all online classes.  Please note that the special tuition rate is only applied to courses associated with the managed online programs.

Degree Information

To graduate with a BA degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. UNM requires approximately 37 hours distributed between seven areas to complete the University Core Curriculum. The university also requires completion of a 3 credit hour U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement. Students may transfer course work from other accredited institutions to fulfill these requirements.   The CCS Managed Online Program is designed for students who have completed an associate's degree or have at least 60-70 transferable college-level credit hours.  See program details for more information.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 96 credit hours taught within its departments. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must declare a major and a minor, or two majors, or a special curricula approved by the College. Half of the major must be completed at the University of New Mexico. A quarter of the minor must be completed at the University of New Mexico.

College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements

For individuals seeking a second bachelor’s degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies, the coursework will focus on fulfilling the CCS major requirements and the accompanying requirements required for a minor.  UNM requires a minimum of 30 new hours for a second award.  

To earn an undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, the following requirements must be met: 

  • A minimum 30 hours of coursework completed at UNM (UNM Residency Requirement)
  • 50% of the Major completed at UNM
  • 25% of the Minor completed at UNM

In addition to the UNM undergraduate admissions requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences requires the following:

  • A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation
  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer grade point average
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional grade point average

There are no additional requirements for admission to the Chicana and Chicano Studies program. For more information on degree and admission requirements, please refer to the UNM Catalog.


Chicana/o Studies Major at a Glance

Major Requirements*

36 Credit Hours

Cost per Credit Hour


Course Cycle

8 Weeks

* To qualify for admission to the major, students must complete additional core and college requirements (see Degree Requirements for more information).



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