BA Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (US and Mexican Regional Immigration Policy and Economy)

Why do people migrate? Learn about migration trends from Latin America to the U.S., immigration issues and policies, and how the Latino population is politically mobilized at the local and national levels.

Program Description

The BA degree program in transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o studies focuses on the political, cultural, economic, sociological, historical, psychological and artistic experiences of Mexican-origin and Latino populations in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico transborder region. Students explore the complexities of the Chicano and Latino experience on the U.S.-Mexico border and beyond, with implications for other border communities around the world.

In the U.S. and Mexican regional immigration policy and economy concentration, students focus their studies on policies and social practices contributing to the growing political and economic influence of Latinos in the U.S. and the U.S.-Mexico region. Students develop an understanding of the role of:

  • border enforcement
  • demographic change
  • economic integration
  • globalization
  • immigration policy
  • international migration
  • regional development

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Concurrent degree admission requirements:

Freshman applicants must meet all of the following standards:

  1. 3.75 minimum ABOR GPA
  2. no English competency deficiencies
  3. 1040 SAT Reasoning or 22 ACT score

Transfer Options

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Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

ASU students who would like to change their majors to the concurrent program with journalism and mass communication must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in 12 or more credit hours of ASU courses that can be used to satisfy the Cronkite School's nonelective general studies requirements.

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Career Outlook

The U.S. and Mexican regional immigration policy and economy concentration equips students with skills and knowledge necessary for graduate work in fields such as law, as well as career opportunities in:

  • education (administration and teaching)
  • local, state and national government agencies
  • public affairs
  • public policy and administration
  • social work and nonprofit organizations

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • Growth: 16.4%
  • Median Salary*: $33,120
  Bright Outlook

Behavioral Health Specialist

  • Growth: 8.3%
  • Median Salary*: $61,980

Human Behavior Researcher

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: $46,000

Law Clerk

  • Growth: 5.5%
  • Median Salary*: $51,330


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $119,250

Legal Court Hearing Officer

  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $94,790


  • Growth: 7.1%
  • Median Salary*: $25,630

School Principal

  • Growth: 7.9%
  • Median Salary*: $94,390

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 18.0%
  • Median Salary*: $64,100
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Global Experience

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