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Start a Great Career with an Education in Chicano & Latino Studies

Chicano and Latino Studies is designed to help students understand the multicultural dimensions of society. Students who have a passion for the social sciences and students who wish to pursue careers that serve mixed ethnic communities will find a degree in Chicano and Latino Studies particularly appealing. Students will gain knowledge through a wide variety of courses including those in:

  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Latin American geography
  • Latin American culture
  • Modern languages and communication
  • Popular culture
  • Nationalism
  • Migration
  • Globalization and Latin America
  • Politics
  • Art
  • Women in Latin America

Earning a degree in Chicano and Latino Studies can be found as Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs. Graduate certificates and undergraduate certificates can also be found, although less common, yet are a wonderful educational asset to attain.

Certificate Programs in Chicano and Latino Studies

An undergraduate certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies can be a great introductory program to this field of study. Students can earn an undergraduate certificate as a standalone program or in conjunction with an Associate or Bachelor’s degree. An undergraduate certificate is an excellent asset for those seeking entry level jobs in a related field.

A graduate certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies is designed for students already possessing most or all of their baccalaureate credits, to enhance or diversify their studies. Graduate certificates are popular with professionals already working in a field that serves a multicultural population that includes Chicanos and/or Latinos. A graduate certificate can enhance career advancement and salary prospects. A graduate certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies is also an excellent asset for those seeking a new career in a related field.

Jobs with an Undergraduate Certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies

English as a Second Language (ESL) Aide- Assist teachers in instructing fundamental skills, such as reading and speaking English. Median Annual Salary: $28,000.

Ready to start your Certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Georgetown University- Offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies. Georgetown University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Associate Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies

An Associate Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies is a great opportunity for students that are thinking about a career in fields such as:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Law Enforcement

Chicano and Latino Studies degrees are excellent interdisciplinary programs to prepare students for careers and further educational success.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies:

Human Service Assistants- Provide services for clients in a variety of fields. Human Service Assistants may work for nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service agencies, and state and local governments. Median Annual Salary: $35,000.

Ready to start your Associate Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Allan Hancock College- Offers an Associate in Arts degree in Latino/a Studies. Allan Hancock College does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Contra Costa College- Offers an Associate of Arts in La Raza Studies. Contra Costa College does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Bachelor’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies

An undergraduate degree in Chicano and Latino Studies will explore interesting and diverse topics of study including:

  • The varieties and histories of racial and cultural subgroups of Latinos
  • Construction (and reconstruction) of ethnic identities over time
  • Theoretical lessons from comparisons among and between groups of Latino populations and non-Latino populations
  • General principles that influence racial and ethnic relations
  • Leadership and relationships within and between diverse communities

Programs in Chicano and Latino Studies can also be found as related programs such as Chican@, La Raza, Latino/a, and Latinx Studies. Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies:

Legislator- An elected position responsible for development, introduction, and/or enactment of laws and statutes at the local, state, or federal level. Median Annual Salary: $30,000.

Social Worker- Help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Help minority and immigrant populations access services specific to their population and needs. Median Annual Salary: $50,000.

Adult Basic Education Teacher- Instruct students in basic educational skills such as reading and writing. May also help prepare students to earn their graduation equivalency degree. Median Annual Salary: $58,000.

Ready to start your Bachelor’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Georgetown University- Offers an accelerated BA or BS to Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. Georgetown University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Michigan State University- Offers a Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies for Bachelor’s degrees. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Syracuse University- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Latino-Latin American Studies. Syracuse participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

****Online Programs

University of Central Florida Online- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies. UCF participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Master’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies

A Master’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies is a popular choice for those seeking to become an expert in their chosen fields such as social sciences and public policy. A graduate degree in Chicano and Latino Studies is also a great choice for those choosing career paths such as research or teaching.

In comprehensive graduate programs, students will look to the past to gain a deeper knowledge of the histories of the Latinx people and all sub-cultural identities. A comprehensive graduate program will also look to the future and address the many aspects of life that are of significance to the Latinx populations including cultural, social, and political.

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies:

Community Service Manager- Coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being. Median Annual Salary: $67,000.

Postsecondary Teacher- Instruct students in Chicano and Latino Studies courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Ready to start your Master’s Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Georgetown University- Offers a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. Georgetown also offers a joint MA/PhD program with the Department of Government, a joint MA/JD program with the Georgetown University Law Center, and an accelerated BA or BS/MA program. Georgetown University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Doctorate in Chicano and Latino Studies

Earning a doctoral degree in Chicano and Latino Studies will help bring students to the apex of their educational career. Students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chicano and Latino Studies. A doctoral degree offers students the opportunity to become well-respected experts in their field with many PhD graduates sharing their wealth of knowledge via careers in writing, research, and teaching.

Jobs with a Doctoral Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies:

Postsecondary Teacher- Instruct students in Chicano and Latino Studies courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Policy Analyst (Federal)- Analyze policy at the federal level, requiring significant expertise and experience. GS-15 Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Author- Develop written content for various types of media on the topic of Chicano and Latino Studies. Median Annual Salary: $122,000.

 

Ready to start your Doctoral Degree in Chicano and Latino Studies? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Michigan State University- Offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chicano/Latino Studies. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.