Welcome to Mexican American Studies
MAS is the study of the Mexican American experience. MAS offers a major, minor, Graduate Certificate and M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. MAS students will take a wide range of courses in many disciplines to study the political, cultural, social, economic, and artistic conditions and contributions of Mexican Americans, within a historical and contemporary context. Since UTPA is a Hispanic Serving Institution on the Texas-Mexico Border that enrolls nearly 19,000 students, 89% of which are classified as Mexican American or Latino, MAS is committed to providing students with a culturally affiriming education that allows them to critically asses the Mexican American experience. Such preparation is essential to students pursuing a variety of careers and who want to work effectively in and with Mexican American and Latina/o communities in almost any field. MAS students are uniquely positioned for graduate studies, law school, and other advanced degrees or a career in a variety of fields, such as law, education, government, the arts, health, social services, and many others in which they may apply their knowledge to effect positive social change in the community and beyond.