BA Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

Latinos make up 18% of the U.S. population, accounting for half of the population growth in the U.S. in the past decade. Become a changemaker in the Latino community through this interdisciplinary, individualized program that allows you to pursue your passions through many fields of study surrounding the transborder experience.

Program Description

The BA program in transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o studies challenges students to understand the intersections of identity, culture and community for Mexican-origin, Chicano and Latino populations in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico transborder region, with implications for other border communities around the world.

More specifically, students learn about the diversity of cultural, social, political, economic, historical, health-related and artistic experiences in these communities and develop tools for understanding borders and border communities worldwide. The curriculum focuses on growing the next generation of critical thinkers and changemakers who work toward improving the lives of Latinos, strengthening Latino and transborder communities, and honoring transborder knowledge. Students learn from faculty with expertise in Latino health, literature, performance, gender, media studies, immigration policy, urban planning, culture and language.

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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

Transfer Options

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Change of Major Requirements

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

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Career Outlook

Latinos are the country's second largest ethnic group behind white non-Hispanics. This program equips students to address the changing needs of Latinos in the U.S. by preparing graduates to become immigration lawyers, nonprofit leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, government employees, political activists, community organizers, advocates and artists. Career paths enhanced by this degree include:

  • education (administration and teaching)
  • film and media
  • law
  • local, state and national government agencies
  • local, state and national public and private health services
  • public policy and administration
  • social work and nonprofit organizations
  • the arts

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:

Behavioral Health Specialist

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,210
  Bright Outlook

Community Health Worker

  • Growth: 15.2%
  • Median Salary*: $42,000
  Bright Outlook

Counselor (General)

  • Growth: 13.0%
  • Median Salary*: $45,760
  Bright Outlook

Elementary Teacher

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: $60,940
  Bright Outlook

Government Programs Specialist

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $47,110


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Performance Artist

  • Growth: -0.2%
  • Median Salary*: $65,800

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 17.0%
  • Median Salary*: $69,600
  Bright Outlook

Social Worker

  • Growth: 11.7%
  • Median Salary*: $48,430
  Bright Outlook

* 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

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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