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 education for 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 conceptualizations of race and ethnicity, as these relate to and are challenged by Chicana/o communities. Students develop critical thinking skills and a comparative analysis bewteen 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 three 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 MAS Website
This website is a resource for SJSU Students, MAS Alumni, and local communities to be informed about what is happening in the MAS Department. Our goal is to make this a useful space to learn how faculty, current students, and alumni are pursuing the goals of Chicana/o Studies. Check out the Calendar for the latest events in MAS. Please contact us if you have any suggestions on how this website can be enhanced to address your interests.