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Mexican American Studies Department

MA - Mexican American Studies

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Minimum university requirements for admission to the Graduate Division are listed in the Admissions section of this catalog. Applicants for admission to classified standing for the MA - Mexican American Studies must have:

1. Completed an undergraduate program in an accredited institution leading to an earned baccalaureate degree.

2. Attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted. An applicant in doubt about the suitability of his/her academic background should consult with the department graduate advisor.

3. In addition to the regular application for admission to the university, each applicant must submit directly to the graduate advisor of the Mexican American Studies Program two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages).

4. Those students who do not meet the standards for classified status may be admitted with specific conditions as conditionally classified; the conditions must be fulfilled before the student will be admitted to candidacy for the degree in Mexican American studies. If the conditions are not fulfilled, the program reserves the right to dismiss the student from the program by notifying the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research.

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

1. Completed an undergraduate program in an accredited institution leading to an earned baccalaureate degree; and

2. Attained an earned grade point average satisfactory to the minimum university admission requirements.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy

The student may be admitted to candidacy for the MA - Mexican American Studies by complying with the requirements of the university, as outlined in the Academic Requirements section of this catalog. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Competency in Written English" for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement for MAS, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at www.sjsu.edu/gape. In addition, the students must have earned a 3.0 grade point average in all course work completed in graduate standing on or off campus.

With the counsel of one or more members of the department and graduate advisor, the applicant will develop an official master's degree program using the university Candidacy Form, which is submitted along with an explanatory memo to the graduate advisor and the faculty for approval. After departmental approval, this program must be approved by the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research.

MA - Mexican American Studies, Emphasis in Policy Studies

The Policy Studies Emphasis is designed to provide students with a strong background in policy analysis and development as they relate to the Chicana/o and Latina/o community. The intent of this emphasis is to prepare students to apply a Chicana/o and Latina/o perspective to the development and implementation of contemporary policies that address the needs of this and other communities.

MA - Mexican American Studies, Emphasis in Comparative Ethnic Studies

The Comparative Ethnic Studies Emphasis is designed to prepare students for doctoral study in Chicana/o Studies, Ethnic Studies and other academic fields. In addition to courses in Mexican American Studies, students may take courses from other areas of Ethnic Studies, such as African American Studies and Asian American Studies, so as to develop strengths in several areas of Ethnic Studies.

MA - Mexican American Studies, Emphasis in Education

The Education Emphasis is intended to prepare students for effective work in a number of fields requiring expertise in issues relevant to Chicana/o and Latina/o education. Among the most critical areas within this emphasis is the analysis of the K-12 educational system and the development of methods for training competent professionals to work with these communities.

Degree Requirements for the MA - Mexican American Studies


Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirements of the Masters30
Choose a coursework sequence
Coursework in Education30
Core Courses18
MAS 200. Ideology and the Chicana/o Experience3
MAS 205. Chicana/o History3
MAS 210. Foundations in Chicana/o Studies3
MAS 225. The Impact of American Institutions on the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 240. Applied Chicana/o Studies Seminar3
MAS 275. Research Methods3
Area Sequence12
Choose one sequence:
Sequence One:
MAS 215. Chicanas/os and Education3
MAS 230. Policy Analysis and the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 252. Comparative Ethnic Studies3
MAS 298. Special Studies1-6
Sequence Two:
MAS 215. Chicanas/os and Education3
MAS 298. Special Studies1-6
MAS 299. Master's Thesis3-6
Complete one course from:
MAS 230. Policy Analysis and the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 252. Comparative Ethnic Studies3
Coursework in Comparative Ethnic Studies30
Core Courses18
MAS 200. Ideology and the Chicana/o Experience3
MAS 205. Chicana/o History3
MAS 210. Foundations in Chicana/o Studies3
MAS 225. The Impact of American Institutions on the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 240. Applied Chicana/o Studies Seminar3
MAS 275. Research Methods3
Area Sequence12
Choose one sequence:
Sequence One:
MAS 215. Chicanas/os and Education3
MAS 230. Policy Analysis and the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 252. Comparative Ethnic Studies3
MAS 298. Special Studies1-6
Sequence Two:
MAS 252. Comparative Ethnic Studies3
MAS 298. Special Studies1-6
MAS 299. Master's Thesis3-6
Complete one course from:
MAS 215. Chicanas/os and Education3
MAS 230. Policy Analysis and the Chicana/o Community3
Coursework in Policy Studies30
Core Courses18
MAS 200. Ideology and the Chicana/o Experience3
MAS 205. Chicana/o History3
MAS 210. Foundations in Chicana/o Studies3
MAS 225. The Impact of American Institutions on the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 240. Applied Chicana/o Studies Seminar3
MAS 275. Research Methods3
Area Sequence12
Choose one sequence:
Sequence One:
MAS 215. Chicanas/os and Education3
MAS 230. Policy Analysis and the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 252. Comparative Ethnic Studies3
MAS 298. Special Studies1-6
Sequence Two:
MAS 230. Policy Analysis and the Chicana/o Community3
MAS 298. Special Studies1-6
MAS 299. Master's Thesis3-6
also complete one course from:
MAS 215. Chicanas/os and Education3
MAS 252. Comparative Ethnic Studies3

Total Units:30