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Online Chicano Studies program launched at University of New Mexico

Alejandro Mendiaz-Rivera, 26, a University of New Mexico graduate student and an immigrant who had been granted temporary protection from deportation, works in an office on campus on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, effectively killing the plan for the rest of his presidency. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Alejandro Mendiaz-Rivera, 26, a University of New Mexico graduate student and an immigrant who had been granted temporary protection from deportation, works in an office on campus on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, effectively killing the plan for the rest of his presidency. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

The University of New Mexico is launching an online degree program in Chicana and Chicano Studies beginning this fall.

Under the program, the newly minted department will allow students to take online classes in Chicano studies toward a degree. Officials say the online classes with allow nontraditional students with busy schedules to get a Bachelor's degree in Chicano studies.

The program is aimed at students who already have 24 hours of college credit.

The move comes a year after Chicana and Chicano Studies became an official department at the school.

Officials say they hope to develop a Chicano studies graduate program.

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Around 46 percent of the university's student body is Latino.

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