Cal student gets 1st C. American degree

Degree awarded to Vanessa Guerrero
LOS ANGELES Experts say other schools include Central American countries' histories and cultures in their Latin American-studies programs, but Northridge could be the first to offer a degree focusing on just those countries.

School officials say about 10 percent of Northridge's student body is of Central American descent, giving it one of the largest nation's largest groups of students with their roots in the region.

The school's first Central American studies grad, Vanessa Guerrero, got her degree recently at a midyear graduation ceremony.

The Salvadoran-born, 23-year-old says she wanted to learn more about her history and culture.


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