Chicano Studies degree @ UNM

Chicano Studies degree @ UNM

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#1 Feb 12, 2013
I'm still waiting to hear a solid valid reason for why this degree is beneficial, and to whom? What exactly is it supposed to accomplish and what are the benefits of said degree in the job market? UNM certainly has not come up with one, nor the various ethnic based groups, incl the racist LULAC!

Anyone?
hmmmmmm

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Feb 12, 2013
what happens if a new DREAM act recipient chicano fails this course in how to be a chicano ? Are they deported ?

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Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#3 Feb 12, 2013
It's no less beneficial than an American Studies BA. If someone wants to study their cultural history (or gasp! shock! that of another culture) they should be allowed to do so in an academic situation if they so choose.

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#4 Feb 12, 2013
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
It's no less beneficial than an American Studies BA. If someone wants to study their cultural history (or gasp! shock! that of another culture) they should be allowed to do so in an academic situation if they so choose.
You didn't answer the question but you did comment. I'm not disputing the course, only asking what use it is for someone to spend all that time on a degree for, particularly if they are a recipient of scholarship funds. Perhaps the better Q is, is it necessary? What or where does it lead to?

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Ol' Juarez

#5 Feb 12, 2013
"Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

Agencies and organizations in the public and private sectors need staff capable of working with individuals of all backgrounds; therefore, a major in Chicano Studies greatly enhances an applicant's ability to meet position qualifications. Many students enter the teaching field and/or pursue graduate degrees. The Chicano and other Hispanic historical experiences are used as points of departure toward expanding awareness of the multicultural world and the contributions of Chicanos.



SKILLS RELATED TO CHICANO STUDIES

Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

Proficient in interpersonal communication

Thorough knowledge of community resources

Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations

The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Chicano Studies major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Chicano Studies majors may consider.
Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.


Affirmative Action Officer Professor Community Liaison
Counselor Criminologist
Cultural Anthropologist Education Administration Employment Counselor
Equal Employment Opportunity Government Relations Officer
Grant Writer Health Services Administrator Historian
Human Resources Manager Human Rights
Museum Curator
Nutritionist Nurse Ombudsman

Social Change Agent Social Scientist Social Worker
Sociologist Development Specialist
Victim Advocate Urban Planner"

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#6 Feb 12, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
You didn't answer the question but you did comment. I'm not disputing the course, only asking what use it is for someone to spend all that time on a degree for, particularly if they are a recipient of scholarship funds. Perhaps the better Q is, is it necessary? What or where does it lead to?
The problem is, in my opinion, that too many people look at an AA or even a BA as a terminal degree. They are not; rather they are to be stepping stones into grad school. I'm finishing my BA in Psychology, not to go into the PhD. in Psychology program, but into a Masters in Counseling program. I will go for my PsyD. later, but for the immediate future, the Masters in Counseling will work.

A BA in Chicano Studies could easily lead into a Masters in History, Anthropology, Social Work, Education, etc. It could also lead into a PhD. program for Psychology, or any number of other fields where cultural sensitivity is an asset.

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#7 Feb 12, 2013
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
The problem is, in my opinion, that too many people look at an AA or even a BA as a terminal degree. They are not; rather they are to be stepping stones into grad school. I'm finishing my BA in Psychology, not to go into the PhD. in Psychology program, but into a Masters in Counseling program. I will go for my PsyD. later, but for the immediate future, the Masters in Counseling will work.
A BA in Chicano Studies could easily lead into a Masters in History, Anthropology, Social Work, Education, etc. It could also lead into a PhD. program for Psychology, or any number of other fields where cultural sensitivity is an asset.
Good point, one I'd not thought of, thanks.

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#8 Feb 12, 2013
fmer505-1951 wrote:
"Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.
Agencies and organizations in the public and private sectors need staff capable of working with individuals of all backgrounds; therefore, a major in Chicano Studies greatly enhances an applicant's ability to meet position qualifications. Many students enter the teaching field and/or pursue graduate degrees. The Chicano and other Hispanic historical experiences are used as points of departure toward expanding awareness of the multicultural world and the contributions of Chicanos.
SKILLS RELATED TO CHICANO STUDIES
Ability to read and write articulately and analytically
Proficient in interpersonal communication
Thorough knowledge of community resources
Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations
The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Chicano Studies major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Chicano Studies majors may consider.
Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.
Affirmative Action Officer Professor Community Liaison
Counselor Criminologist
Cultural Anthropologist Education Administration Employment Counselor
Equal Employment Opportunity Government Relations Officer
Grant Writer Health Services Administrator Historian
Human Resources Manager Human Rights
Museum Curator
Nutritionist Nurse Ombudsman
Social Change Agent Social Scientist Social Worker
Sociologist Development Specialist
Victim Advocate Urban Planner"
Good cut-n-paste but I seriously doubt even 10% of those who might earn one would go any of these routes. But it may have some potential. I think Silk probably hit it when he alluded to it being a stepping stone. Maybe coupled with another degree but one also has to wonder how many hours a person can devote to something like this that has minimal career opportunities attached in and of itself.

I personally see it as pretty useless in the job market by itself, kind of like a Bo University Studies where you take your diploma and $2 to Starbucks and can get a tall Pike. If one is going to spend a load of bucks and time plus probably student loans to earn a degree, they'd best get a career from it other than professional student. I'm just not impressed by it as a sole degree with a future, at least from what has been published so far by UNM.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#9 Feb 13, 2013
Again, it's not meant to be a terminal degree. Most Bachelors degrees aren't, for that matter. They are the steeping stones to get you into the program that actually matters.

Sorry, but an education is worth how much you put into it. A BA or BS doesn't take much, do you shouldn't expect much. And forget about an Associates. That's worth about the paper it's printed on.

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#10 Feb 13, 2013
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
Again, it's not meant to be a terminal degree. Most Bachelors degrees aren't, for that matter. They are the steeping stones to get you into the program that actually matters.
Sorry, but an education is worth how much you put into it. A BA or BS doesn't take much, do you shouldn't expect much. And forget about an Associates. That's worth about the paper it's printed on.
If its coupled with something else (takes time to get 2-3 degrees) it might be of value, but overall my sense is it is a 'politically correct' motivated degree instead of having a clear career path associated to it. Given the Hispanic population is procreating as fast as many sources say, maybe they'll have something to say about that. Otherwise it'll be pretty useless IMO unless you're going as a Mgr Trainee @ Taco Bell.

It probably should have stayed as an AA or such, a minor, but hey, if one wants it snd casn pay for it, and they'll offer it, why not. I look at all the people who got a degree in the easiest field they could thinking it'd open doors, and it did, at Walmart & Sam's Club as greeters!

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