Programs Overview

Master of Science in Mexican American Studies

 The MAS Master of Science curriculum is a dynamic course of study that has been developed to advance the understanding of the large Mexican American and Latino populations in the United States. Three strands of coursework are available: Latina/o Health and Wellness; Historical and Cultural Studies; and Critical Education and Migration Studies.

The concentration in Latina/o Health and Wellness prepares students to conduct culturally competent health research, and to develop health programs targeting Latinos. The Historical and Cultural Studies strand offers a concentration dealing with contemporary scholarship, theory, and methodology in anthropology, history, and popular culture. The concentration in Critical Education and Migration Studies provides students with the qualitative and quantitative background necessary to both understand and implement policies aimed at Mexican Americans and the communities they live in.

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Dual Degree Program: MS/MPH

The Department of Mexican American Studies and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health have formed a partnership that allows eligible students to complete both their Masters in Public Health (MPH) and their M.S. degrees in 3 years and 64 units.  Students interested in the dual degree must meet application criteria for each program.

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PhD in Mexican American Studies

The PhD program in Mexican American Studies (MAS) is an interdisciplinary research degree.  An individualized plan of study allows students to develop their own specialization in Mexican American Studies by integrating areas such as Indigenous, Cultural, Gender, Education, Immigration, Health, Historical, and Comparative Ethnic Studies.

The department encourages students to collaborate with other academic units within the University to explore relevant theories, knowledge and perspectives based on their specialized field of scholarly inquiry and research. This allow students a wide breath choices and independence in completing their degree requirements.

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