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Mexican American Studies is about the Mexican American experience in the United States. Mexican American Studies came out of the 60s and 70s when Mexican Americans, using marches and protests, demanded the establishment of courses about their history and culture and demanded educational and racial equality.
The Mexican American Studies minor provides a broad introduction to the history and culture of the Mexican American community in the United States. It examines critical issues that affect Mexican Americans such as immigration. Benefits of the Mexican American Studies minor include
- A deeper understanding of Mexican American history and culture;
- A unique sightline to the construction of race, ethnicity, and cultural difference;
- A compelling introduction to pressing contemporary debates on immigration, citizenship, and the border;
- An opportunity to strengthen writing, critical thinking, and reading comprehension skills; and
- Significant preparation for future graduate, professional and law school applications.
The minor in Mexican American Studies is designed to meet the needs of students preparing for careers serving Mexican American constituencies, such as public and business administration, marketing, public relations, education, politics, government, minority affairs, as well as careers in which one would work in an international or multicultural environment. The minor is also designed to prepare students for graduate and advanced professional study in programs in which a minority affairs focus would be an asset.
To complete a Mexican-American studies minor, students must earn at least 18 semester credit hours in courses approved for Mexican-American studies credit, including MAS 2301 (Introduction to Mexican American Studies), MAS 3310 (Special Topics), and MAS 4310 (Capstone Course). At least nine semester hours must be at the upper division level.
Students must select their additional classes from a variety of other courses appropriate for the Mexican-American studies minor which are taught regularly or as special topics in a number of departments of Sul Ross. These include, but are not limited to:
Spanish 2301, 2302; Anthropology 1301, 2301; Education 3308, BSL 3328, 3329; English 4301, 4302, 4304; History 3308, 3313; Mexican American Studies 3310, 4309; Political Science 3314, 4304; Psychology 3314, Sociology 3308; Spanish 2304, 3308, 3316.