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Mexican American Studies: Culture, Community, & Identity Emphasis

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Mexican American Studies: Culture, Community, & Identity Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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This program of study affords students an opportunity to explore ways that culture and identity have been shaped within Mexican American communities in the United States. It addresses such topics as historical memory, indigeneity, the effect of generations of living in the US on traditional practices and values, school achievement patterns, access to health and other social systems, political and personal identity, gender roles, economic attainment, and others. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of Mexican American Studies, courses will expose students to research and experiences that represent a variety of perspectives, including adolescent development and public health, political science, traditional medicine, education, border studies and migration, history and historiography, community development and advocacy, and literature.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101: First Semester Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 : Second Semester Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Foundation Mathematics 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MAS 265: Overview of Mexican American Studies 3
Minor Course 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Minor Course 3
MAS 317: Latin American Immigration & the Remkaing of the U.S. 3
Tier II General Education 3
MAS Elective 3
5th Semester
MAS Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
MAS Elective 3
6th Semester
Minor Course 3
MAS Elective 3
Minor Course 3
MAS Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Elective 3
Minor Course 3
MAS Elective 3
MAS Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Elective 3
Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
MAS 498: Senior Capstone 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of Mexican American history, culture, psychology, and politics, as well as experience with research methodologies, critical theory, and speaking and writing Spanish gained from a major in Mexican American Studies provides students with a strong career foundation. Graduates may work in fields as diverse as public policy, health care, law, social services, education, international relations, outreach, or business. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate study in Mexican American or Latin American studies, public health, law, business, anthropology, or public policy.

Potential Career Areas

  • Health care/promotion
  • Tourism
  • Media
  • Human resources
  • Legal services
  • Foreign relations
  • Translation
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • International business
  • Cultural preservation
  • Social services

Sample Employers

  • Consulates
  • Travel agencies
  • Media outlets
  • Social services organizations
  • Legal offices
  • Cultural centers
  • Businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Community and international health organizations
  • Government agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Patient Advocate $24,000 - $55,000
Labor Union Business Agent $50,000 - $65,000
Human Services Worker $27,280 - $43,510
Grant Coordinator $36,143 - $43,271
Translator $22,900 - $43,300
Travel Agent $17,000 - $45,000
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292
Extension Agent $22,000 - $68,000
Community Organizer $18,000 - $45,000
Historic Preservationist $25,670 - $54,530
Foreign Service Officer $37,828 - $55,552