Chicano studies programs belong to the category of interdisciplinary majors and focus on the social, political, religious values, literary heritage, cultural attributes, and experiences of Hispanic Americans from historic and contemporary perspectives. In the ever-changing world environment characterized by global economics, paralleled international politics, shifting demographics, and universal technological advances, individuals who possess cross-cultural education, sensitivity, and expanded awareness of the multi-ethnic world are particularly valued by companies and agencies in public, private, and non-profit sectors. Business leaders and policy makers seek to better understand issues of importance to the fast-growing segment of Chicano/Latino population so that the challenges of diversity can be met and successfully addressed. As the demand for staff capable of bridging cultural divides, facilitating partnership, and building collaborative connections between communities who may not share common languages, backgrounds, traditions, or life experiences increases, a major in Chicano Studies can greatly enhance an applicant’s employment prospects and can lead to career options in cross-cultural education, cultural/art centers, communication, and artistic expression.
The Social or Policy Studies track, which emphasizes social theory, research methods, area community and health issues, prepares students for a variety of exciting careers in business, government, human and health services, social welfare, community development, legal field as well as academic institutions. Many Chicana/Chicano students choose to pursue advanced or professional degrees. Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish is particularly essential for the Social/Policy Studies majors to ensure quality and depth of interaction with the Spanish-speaking individuals.
Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree should meet with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.
Key Skills and Characteristics
- Highly-developed critical thinking, analytical, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
- Expertise in research methodology.
- Social activism and leadership qualities.
- Advanced oral presentation and creative writing ability.
- Cultural sensitivity and diplomacy in interpersonal communications.
- Thorough knowledge and keen understanding of Chicana/o community values & resources.
- Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations.
Related Career Titles
Community Liaison * Urban Development Specialist * Researcher * Counselor * Cultural Anthropologist * Psychologist * Social Worker * Sociologist * Teacher * Writer * Art Consultant
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