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B.A. in Mexican American Studies

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Mexican American Studies is an interdisciplinary program integrating Mexican American studies with a specific liberal arts discipline. Majors are required to complete 39 semester credit hours from a prescribed program of study that must include 18 semester credit hours from one of nine concentrations: Anthropology; Communities, Families, and Children; History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies; Nonprofit Management; Political Science; Sociology; or Spanish.

Program Options

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mexican American Studies is an interdisciplinary program integrating Mexican American studies with a specific liberal arts discipline. Majors are required to complete 39 semester credit hours from a prescribed program of study that must include 18 semester credit hours from one of nine concentrations: Anthropology; Communities, Families, and Children; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Literary and Cultural Studies; Nonprofit Management; Political Science; Sociology; or Spanish.


The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the 120 hours must be upper-division. A maximum of 66 community college semester credit hours may be applied to this program. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.


Mexican American Studies majors are encouraged to select a double major in the 39-semester-hour content of their concentration (i.e., Anthropology, Bicultural Bilingual Studies, Business Administration, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish).


Core Curriculum Requirements

Students seeking the B.A. degree in Mexican American Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.


ANT 2033 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences. ENG 2213ENG 2383, or ENG 2423is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. BBL 2003BBL 2243, or SOC 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. ANT 2053 or ANT 2063 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement under the Component Area Option.


Degree Requirements

A. Mexican American studies
1. Required courses:
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
or BBL 3133Language Development in Bilinguals
ENG 3513Mexican American Literature3
or ENG 4613Topics in Mexican American Literature
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MAS 3033Mexican Americans in the Southwest3
MAS 4083Research Seminar in Mexican American Studies3
2. Select one course from the following:3

BBL 3023

Mexican American Culture (required for anthropology concentration)

ENG 3613

African American Literature (may substitute for MAS 4953, POL 3093 or SOC 3433 when courses not offered)

MAS 3003

Musical Mestizaje

MAS 3013

Chicana/o Queer Communities, Identities and Theories

MAS 3023

Historical Legacies: Chicanas/os in Education

MAS 3043

Social Psychological Considerations in Mexican American Communities

MAS 3413

Mexican American Family

MAS 4953

Special Studies in Mexican American Studies (Anthropology concentration students may substitute this course for BBL 3023 when topic is on Mexican Americans and cultural anthropology.)

POL 3093

Mexican American Politics (required for political science concentration)

SOC 3433

Mexican Immigration and U.S. Society (recommended for communities, families, and children concentration)

SPN 3463

Latin American Literature to Modernism (if not taken for the concentration)

SPN 3473

Latin American Literature since Modernism (if not taken for the concentration)

WS 4623

Feminist Theories (may substitute for MAS 4953, POL 3093, or SOC 3433 when courses not offered)
B. Areas of concentration
Select one of the following areas of concentration. Students are encouraged to select their area of concentration as early in their program as possible.18
Concentration in Anthropology

1. Select three of the following:

ANT 2033

Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANT 2043

Introduction to Archaeology

ANT 2053

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANT 2063

Language, Thought, and Culture

2. Required upper-division courses

AHC 3423

Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica

ANT 3363

Indians of Mesoamerica

Select one of the following:

ANT 4123

Archaeology of the American Southwest

SOC 3433

Mexican Immigration and U.S. Society 1

WS 4623

Feminist Theories 1
Concentration in Communities, Families, and Children

BBL 3053

Foundations of Bilingual Studies

BBL 3143

Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners

ESL 3023

Second Language Teaching and Learning in EC–6

MAS 3413

Mexican American Family

SOC 3503

Sociology of Education

SOC 3513

Children and Society

or ECE 3143

Child Growth and Development
Concentration in History

1. Required courses:

HIS 2003

Historical Methods

HIS 3033

The Spanish and Mexican Borderlands

HIS 3303

History of Mexico

HIS 4973

Seminar in History

2. Select two of the following:

HIS 3083

History of the American West

HIS 3333

Mexican American History since 1900

HIS 3423

United States-Mexico Border

HIS 3463

History of Religion in the United States
Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies 

BBL 3143

Children’s Literature for Bilingual Learners

IDS 2013

Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society

IDS 3013

Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences

IDS 3123

Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts

MAS 3023

Historical Legacies: Chicanas/os in Education

MAS 3413

Mexican American Family
Concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies

1. Methods. Note: This requirement must be completed before continuing with any other concentration requirements.

ENG 2213

Literary Criticism and Analysis 1

2. Select one of the following: 

ENG 2383

Multiethnic Literatures of the United States 1

ENG 2423

Literature of Texas and the Southwest 1

3. Select one of the following:

ENG 4393

Feminist Theory of Literature

WS 3953

Special Topics in Women Writers

4. Select one of the following:

ENG 3513

Mexican American Literature (if not taken for the major requirement)

ENG 3713

Topics in Multiethnic Literatures of the United States 1

ENG 4613

Topics in Mexican American Literature (if not taken for the major requirement)

5. Select one of the following:

BBL 3023

Mexican American Culture (if not taken for the major requirement)

ENG 3613

African American Literature

HUM 3103

American Film 1

6. Select one of the following:

ENG 4953

Special Studies in English 1

ENG 4973

Seminar for English Majors 1
Concentration in Nonprofit Management

1. Required courses:

MAS 4933

Internship in Mexican American Studies

PAD 3003

Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies

PAD 3033

Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies

PAD 3043

Public and Nonprofit Financial Management

2. Select two courses from the following:

COM 3893

Organizational Communication

PAD 3113

Managing Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 3123

Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

PAD 4963

Special Topics in Public Administration
Concentration in Political Science

1. Required courses:

POL 1133

Texas Politics and Society (may be used to fulfill a core requirement in Government-Political Science)

POL 2703

Quantitative Methods in Political Science

POL 3093

Mexican American Politics

2. Select one of the following:

POL 2503

Introduction to Political Theory

POL 2533

Introduction to Political Science

POL 2623

Law and Society

POL 2633

Comparative Politics

3. Three upper-division political science courses selected from three of the categories below:

American Politics

POL 3183

Women in Politics

POL 3203

African American Political Thought

POL 3303

Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy

POL 3413

Urban Development: Politics Planning, and Power

Comparative or International Politics

Comparative Politics

POL 3393

Latin American Politics

POL 3453

Politics of Mexico

POL 3463

Politics of the Third World

POL 3553

The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective

International Politics

GLA 3233

Theories of International Justice

POL 3763

Globalization

Political Theory

POL 3153

Political Philosophy: Contemporary

Public Administration or Public Law

Public Administration

POL 3413

Urban Development: Politics Planning, and Power

Public Law

POL 3013

The American Legal Process

POL 3173

Justice and Social Policy
Concentration in Sociology

1. Required courses:

SOC 1013

Introduction to Sociology

SOC 3043

Race and Ethnic Relations

SOC 3353

Sociological Theory

SOC 3373

Qualitative Research Methods

or SOC 3393

Quantitative Research Methods

2. Select two courses from the following:

SOC 3013

Social Stratification

SOC 3093

Religion and Society

SOC 3263

Latinas in U.S. Society

SOC 3283

Poverty

SOC 3433

Mexican Immigration and U.S. Society
Concentration in Spanish

SPN 3013

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

or SPN 3113

Linguistic Structures of Spanish

SPN 3043

Introduction to Literature

SPN 3063

Grammar and Composition

SPN 3463

Latin American Literature to Modernism

or SPN 3473

Latin American Literature since Modernism

SPN 3623

Latin American Culture and Civilization
Select one of the following:

BBL 4003

Spanish for Bilingual Instructional Delivery

ENG 4613

Topics in Mexican American Literature (when content includes Spanish literature and if not taken for the major requirement)

SPN 4123

The Spanish of the United States
C. Electives
Select 39 semester credit hours of electives39
Total Credit Hours78






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All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:


Requirements for Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio:

http://www.utsa.edu/admissions/undergrad/requirements/2013-requirements.html


Undergraduate Catalog:

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