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BA - Liberal Studies, Concentration in Cross-Cultural Studies in Mexican and American Education

Cross-Cultural Studies in Mexican and American Education (CCSE) is an interdisciplinary major. This concentration provides future education professionals and scholars with a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural program of study in education and society. The concentration is designed to facilitate students' understanding of the impact of cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds on schooling, both in Mexican and American contexts. It is designed to help students experience and understand a foreign culture, and to acquire the self-confidence, independence, and leadership qualities that result from studying abroad through the LA META Program in Querétaro, Mexico. Students majoring in CCSE may wish to work with youth in a variety of ways, including as a bilingual teacher.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements17
Core Lower Division General Education12
Of the 39 units required by the university, 27 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. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major18
SPAN 001A. Elementary SpanishC24
SPAN 001B. Elementary SpanishC24
SPAN 025A. Intermediate SpanishC25
SPAN 025B. Intermediate SpanishC25
Or SPAN 020A, SPAN 020B for Spanish speakers; or required results on the Spanish Proficiency Test at the Foreign Language Department.
Requirements of the Major73
Humanities13
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
HUM 185. Field Experience in Humanities3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
AMS 169. The American DreamS3
Social Science9
SOCI 001. Introduction to SociologyD13
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Science and Mathematics12
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
Human Development and Foreign Language6
SPAN 102B. Hispanic American CultureV3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
Depth of Study6
Complete six units from:
MAS 185. Teaching in a Diverse Society3
SOCS 177. Sociology of Education3
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
LING 129. Culture, Language and Ethnicity in the U.S.S3
Study Abroad- La META27
Complete 27 units of Study Abroad Courses in consultation with the Liberal Studies Advisor, including 2 semesters of Spanish
Prerequisites for a year abroad include a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all higher education work and upper division standing by the end of the spring term prior to departure.
University Electives12

Total Units:120