Border Fence in Imperial Beach

Border Studies Certificate

The United States-Mexico Border Studies Certificate program is an interdisciplinary program integrating border studies courses from academic units throughout the campus. The objective of the program is to train students from diverse academic backgrounds within a multidisciplinary border studies curriculum that provides direct experience in border institutions and policy issues in both the public and private sectors.

The program requires 21 units, and a level 3 of Spanish proficiency on a scale of 5, as indicated on the Foreign Service Language Examination. Students must apply for admission to the program before completing nine certificate units and are required to plan their program with an adviser. Contact the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Required courses: Chicana and Chicano Studies 355 and three units of an internship, either Chicana and Chicano Studies 498 or from the student’s major if it is carried out as a border-oriented internship.

Fifteen units selected from the following areas, at least three units from each area. In addition to the courses listed and with the approval of the adviser, students may take border-related courses from other areas, but no more than six units can be from a single department.

Courses in the certificate may not be counted toward the minor.

Evolution of Social and Environmental Regions: Chicana and Chicano Studies 375; Geography 496; History 551.

Political and Economic Systems: Chicana and Chicano Studies 306; Economics 458, 496, 565; Political Science 568.

Cultural and Social Institutions: Chicana and Chicano Studies 376; Education 451. Special Problems/Human Services: Chicana and Chicano Studies 496, Border Research Topics

This program will cost $9,479 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

The median debt for students completing this program is not available. Fewer than 10 students enrolled, and the median debt figure has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

This program is not subject to any licensure requirements in any state.

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Undergraduate Adviser

Paola Martinez
Email: [email protected]