Mexican-American Studies (MAS)
Did you know that the Mexican-American/Latino population will be the majority of people in Texas by the year 2025 or sooner? With the U.S. Latina/o population expected to triple by 2050, now is a critical time to learn the skills to effectively prepare for this significant population shift. The field of Mexican-American Studies (MAS) provides students with these skills through courses that provide a deep understanding of the complex history and issues relevant to this population.
MAS courses, certificates, and degrees give students marketable skills which will enable students to obtain jobs in the following fields:
- Criminal Justice
- Public Health
- City & Urban Planning
- Social Services
- Arts & Culture
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Housing Development
- Human Resources
- Foreign Service
- Environmental Justice
- Youth Work
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Center for Mexican American Studies Course
Mexican-American Studies (MAS) is an official Field of Study (FOS) designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Mexican-American Studies Program at Palo Alto College offers engaging courses that focus on various aspects of Mexican American culture including history, literature, politics, language and art. These courses promote critical thinking skills and prepare students to be global citizens in our rapidly-changing society.
The MAS Program at Palo Alto College has articulation agreements with UTSA and OLLU to facilitate transfer to these four-year institutions offering MAS Bachelor of Arts programs.
In addition, MAS courses can lead to advanced degrees, including a Masters of Arts (M.A.), Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.), Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
The Center for Mexican-American Studies (CMAS) provides year-round educational programming for the campus and surrounding community including PAC’s annual Heritage Month Celebration, which brings renowned scholars, educators, writers, visual artists, musicians and community organizations to the Palo Alto College campus. The CMAS also offers scholarships for MAS majors.
The MAS Program also sponsors the Somos MAS Student Organization, which promotes student leadership and civic engagement both on and off campus. You do not have to be a MAS major to join.