Mexican American Studies B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Contact: Priscilla Falcon, Ph.D.

Location: Candelaria 0295

Telephone: 970.351.2811

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/hispanic-studies

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 — 11 credits

LAC area 3.b. — Arts and Humanities

MAS 110Contemporary Chicano Literature

3

LAC area 5.c. - Human Behavior and Social Systems

MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American Studies

3

Note: MAS 100 will also satisfy LAC area 8.

LAC area 7. - International Studies

SPAN 101Elementary Spanish I

5

Remaining LAC Credits — 29 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 38 credits

Select 6 credit hours from the following:

HIST 225Latina/Latino History

3

or

MAS 225Latina/Latino History

3

MAS 280Topics in Chicana/Chicano Art and Culture

3

MAS 346Chicana/o Theory

3

Required Courses 20 credits

MAS 101Careers in Mexican American Studies

1

MAS 301Mexican American Politics and Leadership

3

MAS 337Chicana/o Literature and Theory

3

MAS 380US Mexico Immigration

3

MAS 410Narco Corrido and Mexican Folk Culture

3

MAS 420Colorado Chicana/o Movement

3

MAS 450Internship in Mexican American Studies

4

Concentration 12 credit hours

Choose one of the following concentrations. It is recommended that students seek advising for the concentration.

Community Health and Nutrition Concentration

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

FND 250Principles of Nutrition

3

HUSR 209Foundations of Health Promotion/Health Education

3

HUSR 300Human Services Helping Skills

3

HUSR 350Introduction to Environmental Health

3

SOC 375Sociology of Health and Illness (3)

3

Globalization, Borders and Migration Concentration

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

ANT 331Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

3

LEAD 250Leadership in a Global Context: Glocal Living

3

PSCI 240Globalization

3

PSCI 260Drug Wars

3

SOC 235Social Change in a Global Context

3

SOC 388Global Immigration

3

Social Justice and Public Policy Concentration

Select 12 credits hours from the following:

AFS 240Dynamics of Racism

3

COMM 223Intercultural Communication

3

GNDR 240Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

3

LEAD 100Contemporary Leadership Theory

3

PSCI 303Public Policy in the United States

3

TESL, Bilingualism: Mexican American and the U.S. Educational Experience Concentration

Required 12 credit hours:

COMM 223Intercultural Communication

3

HISP 395History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education

3

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students

3

TESL 101Admission to ESL/CLD Endorsement (Linguistically Diverse Education)

0

TESL 350Second Language Acquisition

3

Youth Advocacy Concentration

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

HUSR 238Contemporary Issues in Drug Abuse

3

SOC 237Sociology of Minorities

3

SOC 247Social Deviance

3

SOC 340Juvenile Delinquency

3

SOC 347Sociology of Corrections

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 42 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 42 credits.