Mexican American Studies

Mexican American Studies


Student Services Center 518-16
Voice: 408-924-5760
Fax: 408-924-5700
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Chair and Graduate Coordinator

Marcos Pizarro, 408-924-5884

Minor Advisor

Barrera, Magdalena,

Advising Hours

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Mexican American Studies Minor

About the Department

The Mission of the Mexican American Studies Department is to serve SJSU students and diverse communities through an interdisciplinary Chicana/o Studies Program that is based on principles of Social Justice. The program prepares students to critically examine and address intellectual traditions and contemporary issues resulting from race, ethnicity, class, and gender intersections in Chicana/o-Latina/o and other communities. The overall goal of the MAS Department is to prepare students to critically assess the conceptualization of race and ethnicity, as it relates to and is challenged by Chicana/o communities. Students develop critical thinking skills and a comparative analysis between Chicana/o and other communities. In the end, students integrate major issues and theories from MAS courses and apply them to current problems as they plan for post-graduate work. This goal is accomplished by means of: 1.) an academic minor for undergraduate students from all academic majors; 2.) a graduate program with emphases in Policy Studies, K-20 Education, and Comparative Ethnic Studies; and 3.) serving as an academic resource for Chicana/o-Latina/o communities.

The minor in Mexican American studies is a unique interdisciplinary program of study that supplements any undergraduate major by providing a well-rounded introduction to the Chicana/o-Latina/o community, including its history, culture and social, political and economic context. The course work supports major programs in economics, business, politics, culture, education, personnel management, marketing, psychology/counseling, community development, public administration and fine arts.