Mexican-American Studies

Program Type: Face-to-Face
Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Humanities
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: NVC

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About the Program

The Mexican American Studies Program at NVC prepares students to learn about the world through Mexican American experiences in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and through the study of history, literature, art, politics, and more.

What will I learn?

Mexican American Studies and other Ethnic Studies programs/courses prepare students to live, work, and thrive in an increasingly multicultural/multi-ethnic national and global society. We encourage students to see themselves as powerful holders and creators of knowledge and agents of positive change in the world. Many of our students transfer to the University to continue their education to earn advanced degrees including Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Masters of Arts (M.A), Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.), Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Specifically, taking a concentration of courses in MAS may enable students to:

  • Learn about Mexican American history, culture, economics, politics, language and literary/artistic expressions.
  • Learn how Mexican American history and cultural identity compare and contrast with other ethnic and racial groups within the U.S. and larger global society.
  • Learn and develop Spanish-speaking skills in order to communicate with national and international peoples and markets.
  • Learn about the complex relationship of the Mexican American people in U.S. history and institutions such as government, politics, education, and media, and to analyze and help solve problems related to inequity and disparities related to race, class, gender, and sexuality.

What can I do with this course of study?

Mexican American Studies prepares students for the workforce and the University by developing the following marketable skills that can be applied in multiple areas of life:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Cultural diversity and competency skills
  • Team-building and group-centered leadership skills
  • Research skills
  • Ability to examine complex situations from diverse national and global perspectives

These skills will enable our students to obtain jobs in the following fields:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Communications
  • City & Urban Planning
  • Social Services
  • Arts & Culture
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Housing Development
  • Human Resources
  • Business
  • Foreign Service
  • Environmental Justice
  • Youth Work

What is special about this program?

San Antonio, Texas is over 60% Mexican American/Latina/o/x. Over half of the students that attend the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio are Mexican American/Latina/o/x. Additionally, Mexican American and other Latina/o/x students comprise the majority of students from Pre-K-12th grade in Texas schools.

University of Arizona and Stanford University studies have shown that students taking Mexican American Studies and other Ethnic Studies courses score higher on standardized tests, graduate at a higher rate, and overall are more academically engaged in all of their courses and succeed at a higher rate. This has been found to be true for all students, not only Mexican American students.


Available Courses:

Course Descriptions

HUMA 1305 Introduction to Mexican American Studies

HIST 2327 Mexican American History I

ENGL 2351 Mexican American Literature

Any Spanish Course

HUMA 1311 Mexican American Fine Arts Appreciation

HIST 2328 Mexican American History II

GOVT 2311 Mexican American Politics


Faculty and Staff


Dr. Sandra D. Garza,
MAS Program Coordinator and Instructor

Natalia Treviño,
Affiliated Faculty in English

Corina Gonzalez-Stout, 
Affiliated Faculty in History

Dr. Venetia J. Pedraza, 
Affiliated Faculty in English

Dr. Homer Guevara Jr, 
Affiliated Faculty in Government

Jared Gaitan, 
Adjunct in History

Keli Rosa Cabunoc Romero
MAS Faculty

Celeste De Luna
MAS Faculty


Contact Us

Humanities Dept. Email:

Dr. Sandra D. Garza
MAS Program Coordinator

LOH 206


Paul Martinez
Chair of Humanities and Government



Karina Ramirez
Admin. Specialist