Chicana and Chicano Studies Department

BA- Mexican American Studies

The BA in Mexican American Studies at SJSU provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of Chicana/o Studies as well as insights and skills to analyze and work with Chicana/o-Latina/o communities to address the issues they face. The degree encompasses three different areas of emphasis: Cultural & Creative Expression, Institutions & Community Engagement, and Transnationalism & Global Relations.

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. 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). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements53
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 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 Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
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 GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Requirements of the Major40
Lower Division Core4
MAS 001. Introduction to Chicana and Chicano Studies3
MAS 002. Library Studies1
Upper Division Core15
MAS 125. Chicana/o Community Studies3
MAS 135. Contemporary Chicana/o Issues3
MAS 150. Research Methods3
MAS 151. Theory in Chicana/o Studies3
MAS 152. The Story of Chicano Spanish3
Additional Upper Division Courses21
All Majors will select a specific specialization area and will take 9 units in that area and 6 units in each of the other two areas for a total of 21 units.
Cultural and Creative Expression
MAS 040. The Chicano Theatre (El Teatro Chicano)3
MAS 144. Chicana/o Literature3
MAS 170. Hollywood's Image of Chicanos/Chicanas3
Institutions and Community Engagement
MAS 115. Chicana/o Families3
MAS 127. Chicanas/os and the Criminal Justice System3
MAS 185. Teaching in a Diverse Society3
Transnationalism and Global Relations
MAS 105. Chicanos: United States/Mexico Relations3
MAS 120. Political Economy and Chicana/o Communities3
MAS 175. Human Migrations: Global Reach3
University Electives27
Students may choose 9 3-unit university or Mexican American Studies electives. Students are encouraged to enroll in a minor or second major.

Total Units:120