Mexican-American Studies

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: William Kinney, M.A.(Acting)

Department Chair: Victor Chavez, M.A.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 702B, (619) 482-6372

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Mexican-American Studies is a unique interdisciplinary course of learning that provides an introduction to the Hispanic community within the context of the American experience. This department explores its history, culture, society, politics, religion, economics, art, and major contributions to the development of the United States. Essentially, Mexican-American studies is part of American history, nationality, and race that utilizes knowledge from the humanities, arts, and social sciences to explore issues and experiences unique to Hispanics.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the Mexican-American studies major. A few of these require an associate in arts degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: high school or college instructor, historian, researcher, research assistant, urban planner, lawyer, politician, political scientist, international trade specialist, foreign service officer, government employee, business administrator, publisher, librarian, library technician, philosopher, cultural arts director, social service worker, business manager, and consultant.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Mexican-American Studies 01810

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Victor Chavez, M.A.
vchavez@swccd.edu

MAS 141

MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers the history of Mexican-American culture from Pre-Colombian times to c. 1850. Emphasizes the political, economic, and social influences of Pre-Columbian America, Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Includes a study of the United States Constitution. (Partially fulfills American Institutions requirement at CSU.) [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: HIST 141)

MAS 142

MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers the history of the Mexican-American experience from 1846 to the present day. Emphasizes the political, economic, and social evolution of the Mexican-American people within the context of both Mexican and American cultural influences. Includes a study of the Constitution of California. (Partially fulfills American Institutions requirement at CSU.) [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: HIST 14; Same as: HIST 142)

MAS 150

MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the evolution of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural development in the United States. Focuses on the study of the transculturation process between the Mexican-American and mainstream American cultures. Includes a special emphasis on the intellectual foundations of Chicano culture. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: SOC 150)

MAS 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of Mexican-American studies of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.