Topics / BRIEFLY : Education: Proposal for Chicano Studies

California State Dominguez Hills has announced that the school will consider establishing an academic department for Chicano/Latino studies.

A task force of faculty, staff, student and community representatives will meet to discuss policies concerning the Chicano/Latino curricula.

Dominguez Hills students can now earn a bachelor's degree or a minor in Mexican American studies by taking classes in several departments, said school spokesman Greg Klerkx.

In the last five years, the Latino population at the school has increased from 14% to 22%, the fastest growing segment of the campus student body, Klerkx said.

As the school's Latino population has grown, so has interest in having a separate department.

"I think what the students are looking for is an academic home for the study of Chicano and Latino culture," Klerkx said.

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