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

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) offers a multi-disciplinary undergraduate degree program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies with concentrations in policy studies (including pre-law courses), cultural studies, and language and cognition.  The Bachelor of Arts degree works well as a major, double major, or minor, and serves as an important credential in applying to graduate or professional school and in today’s job market and global economy. Each concentration includes an introductory course and an advanced seminar. We offer approximately 25 courses in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies each semester, including Mexican American Literature and Culture, Drug History in the Americas, Migration and Asylum Politics, Bilingualism in the Americas, Sociolinguistics, U.S. Latina/o Folklore, U.S.-Mexico Border Sounds, Community Research and Analysis, and Latina/o Politics. The overall degree program is designed to enhance how students understand Mexican American and Latina/o cultural practices, historical development, socioeconomic and political conditions.

MALS also provides students with specific, targeted information and announcements about opportunities for scholarships and internships.  Through participation in internships, students are able to further develop the marketable skills they will bring to the work sector, as well as broaden their network of employment and professional contacts.  In the last several years, MALS students have established an impressive record of success by participating in prestigious internships. Our students have been awarded national scholarships, fellowships, admission to top doctoral programs, and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Award.

Please contact the undergraduate program office if you have questions about majoring in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.


You can also get a sneak peek of our courses via our Instagram story series, Insta Class, where we take you into the classroom and share a lesson or two, tuition-free.  

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Senior Academic Coordinator 
Natasha V. Saldaña
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
(512) 471-2134