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MAS Graduate Courses

List of Eligible MAS Graduate Courses

    • The following is a current list of courses that would fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Studies Certificate.
    • Students would also be able to petition any course with a Mexican American and/or Latino/a focus by producing a syllabus to illustrate this emphasis.
    • Students must meet any departmental pre-requisites before enrolling in the courses.

ANTH 6350 Mexican-American Folk Medicine A study of popular medical traditions found among Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Influences from European and Native American sources will be identified and ongoing

ANTH 6348 Peoples and Cultures of Mexico This course is an in-depth study of the diverse peoples and cultures of Mexico and Central America. The traditions, beliefs and practices of different cultures will be examined through an emphasis on the ethnography and ethnohistory of indigenous cultures of the region.

ANTH 6369 Archaeology of Mexico and Central America A study of the prehistory of Mexico and Central America beginning with the first cultures to inhabit the area and ending with the arrival of the Spanish. Major civilizations of the area, including the Olmecs, Mayas and Aztecs, will be emphasized.

ANTH 6374 Archaeology of North America A study of the prehistory of North America north of Mexico. The course deals with cultural development from the time of the initial peopling of the New World until the arrival of Columbus. Major cultural developments in the southwestern and eastern United States will be emphasized

ANTH 6375 Mexican-American Folklore This course is an in-depth study of Mexican-American folklore. The course includes the study of Chicano legends, folk tales, riddles, folk music, ballads and festivals. Students have the opportunity to collect and archive folklore materials.

ART 6352 Graduate Seminar III: Topics in Pre-Conquest Art [of the Americas].
ART 6353 Graduate Seminar IV: Topics in Post-Conquest Art [of the Americas].

COMM 6352 Mass Communication and Hispanics (COMM) This class will survey research conducted on Hispanics and the mass media. Students will prepare a research proposal that could lead to a thesis topic. Topics to be covered include media effects, media use, Spanish language media and demographic targeting.

EDBE 6322 Bilingual/Multilingual Critical Issues A course designed to provide understanding of the historical, theoretical and socio-political factors that impact bilingualism/multiculturalism in the public school system. The course will emphasize contemporary research findings that affect bilingual educational issues and practices.

EDUL 6388 Sociocultural Foundations of Education Identification and analysis of cultural forces that ultimately shape the direction of modern American education with emphasis upon the purposes of education in their social and cultural contexts. An emphasis on the multicultural factors in society that affect the public schools and their influence upon learning and the acquisition of skills important to survival and self-fulfillment will be made. Particular emphasis will be placed upon understanding the culture of the Mexican-American child.

ENG 6316 Studies in Mexican American Literature Advanced study of the literature by and about Mexican Americans, with emphasis on the literary techniques and the cultural reflections in this literature. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENGL 6339 Literary Translation Workshop A workshop course devoted to the craft of literary translation, primarily Spanish/English.

HIST 5363 Readings in Borderland History As Scheduled. A directed study of selected topics in Borderlands history. Topics are varied according to availability of faculty and student interest. Course can be repeated once as topic changes.

HIST 5345 Directed Readings in Latin American History As Scheduled. A directed study of selected topics in Latin American history. Topics are varied according to availability of faculty and student interest. Course can be repeated once as topic changes.

HIST 6306 Studies in Texas and Southwestern History As Scheduled. An investigation of selected problems in southwestern history with emphasis on Texas. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

HIST 6316 Mexican and American Heritages As Scheduled. An intensive investigation of selected historical problems in the Mexican- American and Anglo-American cultural heritages and the fusion and clash of these cultures.

MUS 6335 Graduate History of Mexican Folk Music This course is an exhaustive survey of Music of Mexico focusing on regional folk and popular genres as well as art music traditions informed by indigenous and folk genres. The course will explore how economics, politics, migration and globalization have all affected the evolution of music in Mexico. Likewise we will discover the work of important composers, songwriters and performers who have helped shape Mexican music and popular culture. To that end, music in Mexican films will also be examined.

MUS 6336 Border Music of South Texas This course is designed to promote a greater awareness of music’s role in the U.S./Mexico border region, with special attention to the historical development of folk and popular genres in South Texas. However, just as much as this course is about the history of music on the U.S.-Mexico border, it is also about exploring “the border” itself and how it is defined based on geographic, political, cultural, historical, ideological references. We explore this rather “fluid” notion of the border which contributes to the conflict and contradictory circumstances of living on, near, and “in-between” the border space.

MUS 6374: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean This course provides the student with an overview of music from diverse cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will serve as an introduction to the many styles and traditions that grew out of pre- and postcolonial Latin America and European-African-Caribbean developments. In particular, we will explore distinct European, African and Indigenous aesthetic and instrumental influences and well as the social, cultural and religious contexts for musical expression and practices.

MUS 6338/ANTH 6338: "Music Ethnography and Fieldwork Methods” This course introduces students to ethnographic fieldwork, research methods and writing about Mexican and Mexican American music cultures. Students begin by reading and critiquing a selection of influential ethnographic musical case studies written by ethnomusicologists, anthropologists and folklorists who conducted fieldwork in different traditional, folk and popular traditions. They learn and critique research methodologies, approaches to interviewing and fieldwork, issues and ideas, archiving strategies, and analytical methods from different world regions and theoretical perspectives and apply this knowledge by conducting fieldwork among musicians and musical communities in the Rio Grande Valley Border region. Finally, students will be introduced to cataloging, archiving and grant writing skills and have the opportunity to contribute to the “Border Music Collection” housed in the Border Studies Archive.”

SOCI 6362 Mexican-American Society. An analysis of history, culture, and structural relations of Mexican-Americans in U.S. society.

SOCI 6363 Borderlands & Inter-Americas Topics An in-depth examination of theoretical and research issues related to the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and to relationships among the other American republics. Topics will include demographics, culture, structure development and historical issues of the borderlands and the American republics. May be repeated for a maximum of nine hours credit as topics vary.

SOCI 6345 Sociology of Poverty. This graduate seminar focuses on the major structural causes of poverty and their social policy solutions. Correlates of poverty, including health, housing, educational attainment, transportation and political participation are also closely analyzed. While the focus of this seminar is the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, with special emphasis on the impact of immigration and maquiladoras, patterns and trends in global poverty are also examined. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

SOCI 6354 The Family and Society This course examines the institution of the family from a cross-cultural perspective, concentrating on problems like gender inequality, poverty and discrimination. The focus of the course is to obtain a better understanding of the family in the context of a changing society, especially in the border region.

SPAN 6339 - Colonial Literature of the Southwest A study of the Colonial Spanish Language literature of the US Southwest.

SPAN 6339 - Contemporary Mexican Theatre A study of the theatre of contemporary theatre.

SPAN 6339 - The Worlds of Sor Juana Students undertake an intensive study of the literary works and life of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

SPAN 6345 - Latino Literature in the U.S. In this course, students will read representative works of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Chicano writers in the United States. Students will explore issues of culture, ethnicity and identity in the works of Latino writers writing in Spanish. Possible topics include: Chicano Literature, Cuban-American Literature, Latina Literature and Chicano Popular Culture. Can be repeated up to three times as the topic changes.

SPAN 6345 - Mestizaje and Transculturation in U.S. Latino Literature. Students explore various theories related to identity in the Americas including mestizaje, transculturation, heterogeneidad, and the new mestizas consciousness. Students will critically analyze literature, music, and comedy through the lens of these theories.

SPAN 6345 - Contemporary Chicana/o and Latina/o Theatre Students explore the contemporary theatre of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experiences of the U.S.

SPAN 6348 – Language in Health Services Students in this course will explore the impact of limited English proficiency on public health and study the policy interventions developed to improve access to healthcare by persons with limited English proficiency. A general introduction to key concepts in sociolinguistics will be followed by detailed examination of language barriers in healthcare, language access policies, and language planning efforts in healthcare organizations. Course will be given in English.

SPAN 6350 – Language Policy and Planning in the Spanish-Speaking World This course introduces students to foundational aspects of the theory and practice of language policy and language planning. Through case studies from the United States and Latin American, students will gain an understanding of the mechanisms and goals of language management and will develop skills in language policy analysis.