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University Catalog 2012-2013 
University Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mexican-American Studies, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Mexican-American Studies is designed for graduate students who wish to pursue advanced study toward the Ph.D. degree; or teach in community colleges, secondary, or elementary schools; or work as professionals in private agencies or government service.

Admission to the Program

Prerequisites to admission are a baccalaureate in Mexican- American Studies or a related field, with at least 20 upper division units in Chicano Studies and a grade point average of 2.75 or above in the last 90-quarter units of work attempted at an accredited institution. Students who lack prerequisite courses must complete them with a B (3.0) average or better.

Requirements for the Degree (45 units)

A total of 45 units is required, with at least 24 units in 500-level courses.

Language Requirement

Candidates for the master’s degree in Mexican-American Studies must demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language before beginning thesis work or attempting the comprehensive examination by one of the following methods:

  • Passing the Foreign Language Reading Examination (ML 901 ) in Spanish as offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and in accordance with the practices of that department or
  • Passing a 400-level, four-unit Spanish course with a grade of C or better. This course may not be used as an elective for the master’s degree.

Electives (15–21 units)

Remaining course work may include 400 and 500-level courses in Chicano Studies and appropriate related fields selected with departmental consultation and approval.

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis (0-6 units)

A comprehensive examination or a thesis is required for the master’s degree. Students should expect to take the comprehensive examination (CHS 596) the quarter they complete all course work on their program and must comply with college and departmental requirements.