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

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced independent research in the field of study. Students work for an entire academic year on an Honor's Thesis project under the supervision of a MALS faculty mentor. Many of these MALS majors go on to pursue graduate studies.

The requirements for admission to the Honors Program are: (1) official status as a MALS major; (2) a UT grade point average of at least 3.00; (3) a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies major; and (4) a grade of A in Mexican American Studies 361 or 362 or 363.

The requirements for graduation with Special Honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are: (1) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; (2) a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies major; (3) a grade of A in Mexican American Studies 361 or 362 or 363; (4) a grade of A in Mexican American Studies 679HB; (5) satisfactory performance on an oral presentation of the Honors Thesis completed in Mexican American Studies 679HB; and (6) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

MALS Honors Program Admission Criteria

____Official Status as MALS Major

____UT GPA of 3.00

____MALS GPA of 3.50

____MAS 361 or MAS 362 or MAS 363 with a grade of A

MALS Special Honors Criteria

____UT GPA of 3.00

____MALS GPA of 3.50

____MAS 361 or MAS 362 or MAS 363 with a grade of A

____MAS 679HBwith a grade of A

____Oral presentation based on honors thesis completed in MAS 679HB

____Completion of at least 60 semester hours toward undergraduate degree

Mexican American and Latina/o Studies majors considering the Honors Program should contact Luis Guevara at lvg@austin.utexas.edu no later than two semesters before they graduate