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4th Annual Cultural Afromestizaje Symposium and Concert

Mexican American Studies

Mexican American Studies

4th Annual Cultural Afromestizaje Symposium and Concert

Mexican American Studies

Mexican American Studies

MAS Symposium: Decolonial Epistemologies

Mexican American Studies

Mexican American Studies

Faculty and students researching and planning

Activities & Events

Students enrolled in Mexican American Studies 3033 attending Los Tejanos exhibit at Institute of Texan Cultures

UTSA Mexican American Studies

Mexican American Studies at UTSA

Black and Brown Symposium 2015

Mexican American Studies at UTSA presents: Musical Mestizaje, Chicana/o Soul

38th TACHE State Conference - Oral History Panel - UTSA MAS Students

Culture Community Consciousness Youth Conference 2011


Contact Us


Dr. Marco Cervantes, Associate Professor

Director, Mexican American Studies 
UTSA, Downtown Campus - COEHD
501 West Cesar Chavez
San Antonio, Texas 78207


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Social Studies Teachers' Academy

Mexican American Studies Program at UTSA sponsors a MAS Social Studies Teachers' Academy annually during the summer months for secondary teachers in the South Texas region to learn how to integrate the Mexican American experience for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in social studies, as well as meet the specific content area for Mexican American Studies as a special topics course. 

The Academy engages teachers in intellectually oriented readings, workshops, and discussions to increase content knowledge and pedagogical skills regarding Mexican American Studies. The Academy will include a special tour of the ITC to explore classroom resources inspired by ITC's newest exhibit Los Tejanos. The MAS Social Studies Teachers' Academy provides professional development hours/credit.

Watch the link here to can learn more about the Academy:

Download the Registration Form.  You can also call 210-458-2675 or email any questions to with your questions or for more information. 

Mexican American Studies Student Organization


  1. To unite MAS majors, MAS alumni, MAS faculty and staff, and those interested in MAS.
  2. To create a culturally safe environment for Mexican American students.
  3. To encourage and support Mexican American Studies majors academically.
  4. To increase the number of MAS courses, the number of MAS majors, and the number of MAS program faculty and support staff offered at UTSA.
  5. To promote MAS among UTSA students and faculty as well as among high school students in the UTSA recruiting area.
  6. To preserve Mexican American history and culture at UTSA and in the surrounding communities.
  7. To bring UTSA closer to the Mexican American community of San Antonio.


For more information about MASSO, please contact:

Mari Marquez,

Edward Guerra:

Dr. Marco Cervantes, RSO Advisor, 210-458-4948,


B.A. in Mexican American Studies

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 eight concentrations: Anthropology; Communities, Families, and Children; History; Literary and Cultural Studies; Nonprofit Management; Political Science; Sociology; or Spanish.The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree (including the 42 semester credit hours of 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. You can review the courses, recommended timeline, and options for each concentration for the MAS degree at this link:

Prospective Students

Given the interdisciplinarity of Mexican American Studies, a major in Mexican American Studies complements and adds value to all fields of study and professions; including education, business, law, public policy, health care, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Another benefit of pursuing a MAS major comes from research that documents a correlation between ethnic studies curriculum and increased academic performance for students from racial or ethnic communities. As such, a recommended path for many students interested in learning more about Mexican American history, culture, and perspectives, is to double major in MAS and another field. Students can easily complete the 120 credit hours that allows them to earn a degree in Mexican American Studies and a different field. Furthermore, the academic rigor and critical consciousness-raising the MAS program grooms college students toward pursuing graduate degrees.  If you are interested in pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree, a MAS major readies you for the reading, writing, and theoretical challenges of graduate school. If you are interested in speaking with someone to learn more about MAS courses or the process for double majoring, contact Dr. Marie Miranda, MAS Director,

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Purpose of the Program

Mexican American Studies (MAS) is an interdisciplinary academic field focused on the Chicana/o, Mexican American and Latina/o immigrant experience across historical, social, political, educational, and cultural dimensions. For a majority of UTSA's Mexican-American and Chicana/o students, MAS courses help them develop a foundational affirmation of their ethnic and cultural heritage, which, according to recent research, increases retention, persistence, and graduation rates of students of color. However, the MAS program offers all students the opportunity to learn about the Mexican American experience, while focusing on a discipline of their choice, including, but not limited to the following discipline areas:


Students enrolled in Mexican American Studies obtain theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to working with diverse populations, as well as research skills for developing, analyzing, and evaluating policies and practices impacting the Mexican American community. The program prepares students to become insightful, intellectual, and innovative thinkers and leaders who can work effectively in diverse and challenging contexts, with the following skills: problem solving, interpersonal skills, public speaking, teamwork, leadership abilities, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity/awareness, flexibility and adaptability.










Prospective Job Opportunities



(Some may require certification and/or experience, or continuing to higher education)



Museum Specialist

Housing Development Specialist


Research Assistant

Client Services and Consulting

Labor Relations Specialist

Travel Agent


Human Relations Director

Market Analyst

Collections Manager

News Analyst

Historical Materials Consultant

Museum Director

Urban Planner

Manuscripts Curator



Manager of Exhibitions and Collections

Housing Grant Analyst


Archival Records Clerk

Market Research Consultant


Neighborhood Planner



Government Administrator

Hospitality Director

Political Scientist





Historical Prevention Specialist

Potential Employers


Affirmative Action Offices

Industry Civil Rights Agencies

Hospital Educational Institutions

Government Agencies

Historical Associations/Societies

Hotel Chains

Labor Unions

Law Firms




Personnel Departments

Publishing Houses

Social Services Agencies

Travel Agencies

Television Stations

Youth Organizations


Acquired Skills, Abilities and Typical Work Activities


Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

Information-Gathering and Communication Skills

Teamwork and Management Skills

Problem solving skills

Know a foreign language

Leadership skills

Interpersonal skills

Be a good listener

Have an open mind

Creative ability

Ability to speak in public

Team building skills

Interest and ability to perform research

Have written and verbal communication skills


Analytical skills



A nationally recognized program, UTSA's Mexican American Studies prepares students to enter professional and graduate schools. Many MAS graduates have pursued doctoral, jurisprudence, and professional degrees in prestigious programs and institutions across the U.S., including:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology doctoral program
  • The University of Washington, Seattle, American Studies program
  • City University of New York, Public Interest Law
  • The University of Chicago, History
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, History and Sociology
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, Culture, Literacy, and Language
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, Latina/o Literature
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Public Policy and Latin American Studies
  • Ohio University of Law
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston
  • University of San Francisco, Higher Education Administration, and
  • Stanford University, Modern Thought


MAS Faculty

Currently, six full-time faculty comprise Mexican American Studies (MAS). Their expertise represents a range of disciplinary expertise, including anthropology, sociology, literature, education, creative writing, and media studies. They also draw on a variety of theoretical frameworks, including decolonial studies, critical race theory, and Chicana feminism. Our faculty take pride in mentoring MAS majors, preparing them to present research at national academic conferences (like the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies) and preparing them for advanced studies at prestigious graduate programs across the nation.


Dr. Marco Cervantes, Associate Professor, Director of MAS

Dr. Marie "Keta" Miranda, Full Professor

Dr. Josephine Méndez-Negrete, Full Professor

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Full Professor  

Dr. Liliana Saldaña, Associate Professor

Dr. Sonya M. Alemán, Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Chicana/o culture and history
Community internships
Research on Chicana/o experience
Chicana Feminisms, Decolonial Theories, Critical Race Theory, Communication






History of the Program

UTSA was the first institution in Texas to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mexican American Studies. Established in 1993, Mexican American Studies (MAS) continues the tradition of the Mexican American Civil Rights struggle by participating in the creation of a college-going culture for San Antonio and South Texas. It is housed in the Bicultural Bilingual Department in the College of Education and Human Development. Currently, there are six full-time MAS faculty members, and over 100 majors and 80 double majors. The program has graduated close to 100 students. 




José Angel Hernandez (History, University of Chicago)
Jennifer Mata (American Studies, Washington University at Pullman)
Anita Revilla (American Studies, UCLA)
Marianne Bueno (History, UCSC)
Vida Mia Garcia (Literary Criticism, Stanford)
Steve Nava (Sociology, UCSC)
Alexandro Hernandez Gutierrez (Ethnomusicology at UCLA)
Christina Alvear (History, UTEP)


Laura Aguilar, MA in Public Administration
David Mata , MA in Public Administration
Sandra Arriaga-Alvarez, MA in Education
Joseph Santos (Applying for MA in Education)
Christina Escobar (Working on an MSW, Houston)
Marlon Espinar (MA in BBL)
Mono Aguilar, MA in English, Teaching at SAC
Oscar Valdez, Independent Researcher
Brenda Peña, Teaching in San Antonio

Felicia Cisneros (UT's dual master's program in Public Policy and Latin American Studies) 

Law School:

Marisol Perez, St. Mary’s School of Law, Immigration Attorney
Carlos Hernandez
Jeret Gutierrez
Samuel Santos

Maria Salazar, City University of New York, Public Interest, Family, and Immigration attorney 


Welcome to the Mexican American Studies Program!



The Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program offers a major for undergraduate students enrolled at UTSA. The mission of the MAS is to draw on the legacy of Mexican American and Chicano activism and history in San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico borderlands to teach, research and analyze the experiences, history, and culture of Mexican-origin, Chicano and Latina/o populations. MAS recognizes UTSA students as agents of conocimiento, preparing them to critically interrogate the sociopolitical, legal, economic, and social conditions that foster the structural marginalization Mexican American, Chicana/o and Latina/o communities are subject to, as well as study and appreciate the mechanisms of resistance, perseverance, and cultural traditions and expressions that challenge that oppression. To do so, MAS cultivates transformative experiences, spaces and relationships that allow students to draw on their conocimiento to produce salient applied research to effect positive social change in their comunidades (communities).


The MAS curricula addresses structural and historical context of the life, history, and culture of Mexican-origin people in the United States. Indeed, this content is grounded in research that recognizes that the positive affirmation of a racial, ethnic, and/or cultural identity role ethnic studies courses provide function to increase the retention, persistence, and graduation rates of students of color. As such, MAS courses helped to cultivate a new generation of educated public citizens empowered to improve the quality of life of Mexican-American and Chicana/o communities in San Antonio, Texas, and across the nation.

In addition, a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Mexican American Studies (MAS) enhances all fields of study and professions by providing cultural affirmation, appreciation for diversity, and an understanding of systemic inequities. MAS majors can choose from eight areas of concentration:




Approximately 80% of MAS majors graduate with dual degrees; one in MAS and the second in the field of their choice.

MAS graduates are valued as bilingual and culturally aware professionals. By offering a range of concentrations from history to public policy, MAS majors gain skills that are invaluable for professions such as education, business, law, public policy, health care, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. In addition, the critical analytic tools, theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches used in MAS prepares undergraduate students to pursue graduate education. Current MAS alumni working in the following areas:



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