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Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies in Mexican American Studies



  • 500 word personal statement describing reason for pursuing graduate degree and professional goals.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework or major. In cases where GPA requirement has not been met, conditional admission may be granted or students may submit an appeal to the MAS committee. Appeals are reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.

The MAIS in MAS will provide master’s students with a concentrated study in the transdisciplinary field of Mexican American Studies, including Chicana/o and Latina/o studies. Our location as a border institution in South Texas and the available resources (such as our numerous, established faculty in the fields of Mexican American studies and Chicana/o studies, and other academic resources, such as our growing Mexican American Studies program, and other institutional resources, such as the border studies archive) makes this an exciting program for UTPA students. Many careers today in South Texas and nationally – including those in Education, Health, Social Services, Communication, Law, Humanities, among others – require students to have a specialized knowledge of the Mexican American community and experiences, due to regional and national demographic trends. The MAS concentration in MAIS will strengthen your competitiveness in the job market in various fields. The MAIS in MAS, as evidenced by our Graduate Certificate student placement in PhD programs, will lead to continued and increased student placement in PhD programs in various fields, including in Chicana/o Studies, English, American Studies, Spanish, Education, among other programs, both state-wide and nationally. Ultimately, the interdisciplinary nature and culturally relevant curriculum of the MAIS in MAS, offers exciting, rich, and unique opportunities for UTPA students and faculty engaged in research, experiential learning, and community engagement, related to Latina/o communities in South Texas and nationally.

MAIS- MAS Primary Area of Concentration (Non-Thesis Option) Total 36 hours Research Methods in Mexican American Studies (3 hrs) Mexican American and/or Latina/o Studies Coursework (15 hours) 9 hours in Discipline Two 9 hours in Discipline Three

MAIS-MAS Primary Area of Concentration (Thesis Option) Total 36 hours Research Methods in Mexican American Studies (3 hrs) Thesis Hours (6 hrs) Mexican American and/or Latina/o Studies Coursework (9 hrs) 9 hours in Discipline Two 9 hours in Discipline Three


MAS 6300 Research Methods in Chicana/o Studies* Introduction to the historical and contemporary development of Chicana/o and Latina/o studies as a field. Readings will be drawn from interdisciplinary readings in the field and will focus on history, gender, and culture.

MAS 6340 Directed Readings A directed study of selected topics in Chicana/o and/or Latina/o Studies. Topics are varied according to availability of faculty and student interest. Course can be repeated once as topic changes. (May be repeated once)

MAS 6350 Learning and Reflective Service: The Mexican American Experience This course will provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in a topic related to social justice in Mexican American communities. Students will gain hands on experience while reflecting on that experience critically through the lenses of Chicana/o and Latina/o studies. The purpose is different from an internship in that the process is geared towards developing a lifelong ethic of service and civic engagement and is not necessarily career or job oriented. (May be repeated once)

MAS 7300 Thesis Course A (Thesis Option Only)* 3 Credit Hours

MAS 7301 *Thesis Course B (Thesis Option Only)* 3 Credit Hours


ANTH 6306 Anthropology of Borders
ANTH 6323 Mexican American Culture
ANTH 6350 Mexican-American Folk Medicine
ANTH 6375 Mexican-American Folklore
ANTH 6338 Music Ethnography and Fieldwork Methods
COMM 6340 Latino Theatre
COMM 6352 Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in the Media (When focus is on Latina/o Populations)
EDBE 6322 Bilingual/Multilingual Critical Issues
EDBE 6335 Bilingual Content Area Across the Curriculum
EDUL 6388 Socio-cultural Foundations of Education
EDUL 6392 School-Community Relations
ENG 6316 Studies in Mexican American Literature. Variable Topics.
ENG 6318 Studies in Ethnic Literature (When topic is Mexican American and/or Latina/o)
ENG 6390 Special Topics: Chicana/o Poetry and Poetics
ENG 6390 Special Topics: Chicana/o Literature and Writing for Social Action
HIST 5343 Directed Readings Chicano History
HIST 5363 Readings in Borderland History
HIST 6316 Mexican and American Heritages
READ 6305 Conducting Literacy Research
SOCW 6315 Social Work with Diverse Populations
SOCW 6332 Social Work Practice w/ Latinos
SOCW 6339 Special Topics: Latino Mental Health
SOCI 6362 Mexican-American Society
SOCI 6363 Borderlands & Inter-Americas Topics
SOCI 6345 Sociology of Poverty
SPAN 6345 Latino Literature in the U.S. Variable Topic
SPAN 6348 Language in Health Services
SPAN 6348 Language in Health Services

*Pending UT System Approval

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