Major Degree Requirements

Since the MAS Major was approved in late Spring 2017, the courses are being rolled out over the next few semesters (check back for updates or call the department (408) 924-5760 for more information).  Students should not become MAS Majors if you are planning to graduate before Spring 2020. 

University Graduation Requirements                                         53

Core Lower Division General Education                                                 33

Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. 

Upper Division General Education                                                              9

Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major adviser for details.

American Institutions                                                                                       6

Mexican American Studies                                                                         6
MAS 010A Mexican Americans & the Dev. of U.S. History & Government 3  
MAS 010B Mexican Americans & the Dev. of U.S. History & Government 3  

Physical Education                                                                                             2

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement                                       3

Requirements of the Major                                                40

Lower Division Core Courses                                                                         4


Introduction to Chicana/o Studies 

MAS 2 Library Studies 1  

Upper Division  Core Courses                                                                      15

MAS 125 Chicana/o Community Studies 3  
MAS 135 Contemporary Chicana/o Issues 3  
MAS 150 Chicana/o Studies Methods 3  
MAS 151 Theory in Chicana/o Studies 3  
MAS 152 Chicano Spanish 3  

Additional Upper Division Courses                                                           21

Students in a specific emphasis will take 9 units in that emphasis and 6 units in each of the other two. Students with no emphasis will take at least 6 units in each area and one additional upper division course in one of the area emphasis to total 21 units. Courses listed under more than one emphasis cannot be double counted. 

Cultural and Creative Expression

MAS 040 The Chicano Theater 3  
MAS 144 Chicana/o Literature 3  
MAS 170 Hollywood's Image of Chicanas/os 3  

Institutions and Community Engagement

MAS 115 Chicana/o Families 3  
MAS 127 Chicanas/os & the Criminal Justice System 3  
MAS 185 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3  

Transnationalism and Global Relations

MAS 105 Chicanas/os: U.S./Mexico Relations 3  
MAs 120 Political Economy & Chicanas/os 3  
MAS 175 Human Migrations: Global Reach 3  


Students may choose nine 3 unit university or Mexican American Studies electives. Students are encouraged to enroll in a minor or second major. 

University Electives                                                                                                    27


Total Units                                                                                            120



Note:Specific details about the core lower and upper division requirements can be found at the SJSU Mexican American Studies catalog page.