Why Major in MAS?

Watercolor by artist Cristina Cardenas that appeared on the 2001 poster for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies annual meeting in Tucson.

Graduates of the MAS program at the University of Arizona have gone on to fields as varied as law, medicine, public health, social service, and business, as well as to political office, and graduate study.

The MAS curriculum offers a range of topics to study, from history and cultural studies to contemporary public policy, and students can take advantage of two thematic strands to specialize in the area of their choice.

Six MAS core courses are required (four for minors).  The first two of these introduce students to the history and current issues surrounding the Mexican American population.  Upper-level core courses offer advanced instruction in research methods and other subjects.  Both majors and minors choose one of two strands: Social History & Cultural Studies or Social Justice & Applied Public Policy. In conjunction with the UA National Center for Interpretation, the MASRC also offers a separate concentration in Translation and Interpretation Studies.

Latinos are the largest minority group in the nation, and before mid-century one in four U.S. citizens will be of Hispanic origin according population projections. By far, Mexican Americans are the largest segment of the U.S. Latino population. Knowledge of this sector of the American public can lead to a fulfilling career, and give graduates an advantage in the job market — a market that rewards those who are able to work with a broad spectrum of people and cultures.

The MAS minor can augment other degrees in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, the health fields, and other disciplines.

MAS offers a rich interdisciplinary selection to majors and minors — interesting and challenging classes in Spanish Literature, Political Science, History, Latin American Studies, Public Health, and Anthropology.

We invite you to visit us at the MASRC to find out more about our course offerings.

Department of Mexican American Studies
César E. Chávez Bldg. Rm 208
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0023
(520) 621-7551 //  SBS-MAS@email.arizona.edu





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