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

Major Requirements

Our classes are designed to make students think critically about the lived experiences and issues Latinos face in the US. Students learn about topics relating, but not limited to, language, history, food, religion and spirituality, delving deep into Latino culture and customs to explore “What does it mean to be a Latino in the U.S.?” Students also have the opportunity to study immigration, education, health care, law and policy making in order to better understand the structural making of our government and address the issues that have the greatest on-the-ground impact in our communities.

Total Hours Required for the Major: 27 hours, including 18 hours upper-division and in residence.
MAS 301: Introduction to Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MAS 307: Introduction to Mexican American CulturalStudies or
MAS 308: Introduction to Mexican American Policy Studies or
MAS 309: Bilingualism in the Americas

MAS 361: Mexican American Cultural Studies Seminar or
MAS 362: Mexican American Policy Studies Seminar or
MAS 363: Sociolinguistics for Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MAS 375: Internship or anEducation Abroad experience(earned in major)

MAS 378: Capstone Seminar

15 Additional Hours:
4 Upper-Division MALS courses
1 MALS Coure (Any)

 

*Core, Liberal Arts, and Flag requirements may be fulfilled by courses used for the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies major; see advisor for details.

View the full Mexican American and Latina/o Studies Degree Plan here.


Minor Requirements

Students in majors other than Mexican American and Latina/o Studies can pursue a transcript-recognized minor in MALS.  

Total Required Hours for Minor: 15 hours.

MAS 301 Introduction to Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MAS 307 Introduction to Mexican American Cultural Studies or 
MAS 308 Introduction to Mexican American Policy Studies or 
MAS 309 Bilingualism in the Americas

MAS 361 Mexican American Cultural Studies Seminar or 
MAS 362 Mexican American Public Policy Seminar or 
MAS 363 Sociolinguistics for Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Six Additional Hours: 1 Upper-Division MALS course; 1 MALS Course (Any)

For more information, contact our Senior Academic Program Coordinator, Luis Guevara, at lvg@austin.utexas.edu.