Online Chicano Studies program launched at University of New Mexico

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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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