Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Graduate Program

Mexican American and Latina/o Studies emerged as a significant area of scholarship in the 1970s. The University of Texas at Austin has been at the forefront under the leadership of faculty members such as George I. Sánchez, Carlos E. Castañeda, and the founder of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), Américo Paredes. These scholars helped to define Mexican American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study. Recognizing the role of broader Latina/o populations in the shaping of U.S. society, the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, now focuses on cultural practices, historical development, and socioeconomic conditions of these populations.

Today, MALS faculty and graduate students engage in cutting-edge research about Mexican American and Latina/o populations with methodologies that mine cultural studies, history, the humanities, performance studies, public and social policy, and the social sciences for their utmost value.

Contact the graduate program office if you have questions about the Master of Arts degree program or Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.  Please note that MALS does not offer an online option for the Master of Arts degree program or the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.

Senior Academic Coordinator
Natasha Saldaña 
(512) 471-2134
nvs@austin.utexas.edu