Mexican American Studies

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: Cynthia McGregor, Ph.D.

Department Chair: Victor M. Chavez, M.A.

Office: 87-109A, (619) 482-6372

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

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

General Description

Housed under the History and Ethnic Studies department, 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 field of study 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

Gerardo Rios, Ph.D.
grios@swccd.edu

MAS 100

CHICANA AND CHICANO HERITAGE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Analyzes the cultural achievements and thought of the Spanish-speaking and Indigenous people of North America. Covers the development of North American Mestizo and Indigenous philosophical, intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic values. [D; CSU]

MAS 110

INTRODUCTION TO CHICANA AND CHICANO STUDIES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Analyzes origins, evolution, and contemporary research trends in Chicana/o Studies. Covers the historical development of Chicanas and Chicanos, emphasizing the intersections of identity and culture, politics, power and resistance, gender and sexuality, and the roles of Chicanx people in the United States. [D; CSU]

MAS 141

MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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] (Same as: HIST 142)

MAS 150

MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the evolution of Mexican/Mexican-American cultural development in the United States. Focuses on the study of the transculturation process between Mexican-American and mainstream cultures. Includes a special emphasis on the intellectual foundations of Chicano cultural aspects, analysis and production of scholar activism, and societal development with implications for the field. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: SOC 150)

MAS 170

CRITICAL ISSUES IN CHICANA/LATINA STUDIES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Analyzes the impact of Chicanas in everyday life in a transnational/US-Mexico Borderlands context. Covers the historical contributions of Chicana/Latinas in the U.S., while also examining power/resistance, Chicana feminists and female influence during the Chicano movement, and Chicana/Latina impact on everyday life. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: SOC 170)

MAS 180

RACE AND CLASS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers the historical legacy of white supremacy and racialized public policy in shaping the development of an internal colonial system in the American southwest borderlands. Examines the historical and contemporary economic, social, and political inequalities giving rise to internal colonialism. Includes a study of the emergence of the corporate-state and the impact of the American legal system on the Mexican/Chicanx community in the American Southwest. [D; CSU]

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.