The Master of Arts in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies may be either a part-time degree program or a full-time program (nine (9) credits per semester or more) for educators and other professionals who work with the ever-growing Latino population of the Philadelphia area and the nation.
The overall goals and objectives of the program are as follows:
- To provide extensive bilingual and bicultural instruction for nurses, hospital employees, social workers, business professionals, court employees, police officers, human resources professionals, and others.
- To develop, for advanced language students, the capabilities of using vocabulary that is pertinent to a particular Hispanic culture to allow circumstantial language usage.
- To assure that students are exposed to a variety of Hispanic cultures on a first-hand basis through community service.
- To develop an application and understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds and to relate/contrast these cultures, particularly, in terms of the dominant culture in the USA.
- To comprehend the concept of language as a social behavior within the context of Hispanics living in the USA.
- To acquire a solid historical perspective of various Hispanic groups in the USA with an emphasis on special relationships and conflicts among Hispanic groups themselves and in co-existence with the dominant Anglo culture.
- To acquire an understanding of the roles played by race, ethnicity, language, culture, social stratification, family, class structure, and social mobility among Hispanic groups and in contrast to Anglo society.