Mexican American Studies B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Joy Landeira, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 0295

Telephone: 970.351.2811

Website: www.unco.edu/hispstds

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The fundamental objective of the bachelor's in Mexican American Studies is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the historical development and cultural experience of the largest Latino community in the United States: Mexican Americans. Emphasis is placed on its contemporary reality by various theoretical perspectives and areas of academic inquiry through the arts and sciences: history, literature, sociology, political science, gender studies and psychology.

This integrative approach seeks to help the student develop critical thinking and writing skills in order to establish a solid foundation in the liberal arts. It provides the essential tools for making informed judgments about the complex nature of our diverse society. The program culminates with the capstone course, an extensive research project, which fuses theoretical concepts with practical knowledge. The Mexican American Studies major prepares the student to pursue careers in the fields of law, business, public service, and education.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

At least 50 percent of the courses taken to complete the major must be upper division courses, 300-400 level.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.b. — Literature and Humanities

Choose one of the following courses:

MAS 110Contemporary Chicano Literature

3

ENG 236Ethnic American Literature

3

LAC area 5.a. — Economic and Political Systems

MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American Studies

3

Remaining LAC Credits — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 31 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MAS 301Mexican American Politics and Leadership

3

MAS 450Research Internship in Mexican American Studies

4

ENG 346Chicana/o Theory

3

or

MAS 346Chicana/o Theory

3

HIST 225Latina/Latino History

3

or

MAS 225Latina/Latino History

3

Choose four of the following courses:

ENG 236Ethnic American Literature

3

HISP 395History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education

3

HIST 118History of Mexico

3

PSY 467Psychology of Prejudice

3

SOC 237Sociology of Minorities

3

SPAN 341Mexican and Mexican American Civilization and Culture

3

SPAN 457Masterpieces in Chicano/a Literature

3

Choose two of the following courses:

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students

3

MAS 280Topics in Chicana/Chicano Art and Culture

3

MAS 337Chicana/o Literature and Theory

3

MAS 395Topics in Gender Issues

3

ENG 337Chicana/o Literature and Theory

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 49 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 49 credits.