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Mexican American Studies Program

Mexican American Studies

Mexican American Studies

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



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:


• Anthropology  
• Communities, families and children (BBL)
• Cultural (literary, media, music) studies
• History
• Nonprofit management
• Political Science
• Sociology
• Spanish


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.