Minor and Courses

Minor in CMAS

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The Center for Mexican American Studies offers a minor in Mexican American Studies. The material covered in the minor conveys the broad and rich experiences of people of Mexican descent in the United States. A minor in Mexican American Studies augments a student's major area of study and prepares them to better understand the history, culture, social relations, folklore, literature, politics, and numerous contributions this group has made to society in the United States.

Requirements for Obtaining a Minor in Mexican American Studies

A minor in Mexican American Studies requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours (6 courses). This includes a minimum of nine semester credit hours from approved social science courses and a minimum of nine semester credit hours from approved liberal arts (humanities) courses. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at the University of Houston (in residence) and twelve hours must be advanced (junior and senior level). Of these twelve, at least six must be taken in residence. A 2.00 minimum grade point average over all courses applied to the minor is required.  No more than 3 semester credit hours can be taken in Spanish “language” courses (Spanish 2301, 2302, 2307, 2308, 3301, and 3302) but a number of other courses offered in the Department of Hispanic Studies (where Spanish courses are offered) can be taken for the minor.

Courses

Liberal Arts

Nine semester credit hours from the following:
courses 1

MAS 2340: Introduction to Mexican American Studies. This course introduces the field of Mexican American studies, its origins, purpose, and role in society. It provides a background to the Mexican American experience in the United States taking an interdisciplinary approach.

MAS 3340:  Development of the Mexican American Urban Community. Prerequisite: English 1304.  This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the origin and historical development of Mexican American neighborhoods in the United States with a special focus on Houston and other Southwestern cities. This course can satisfy the 3 semester credit hours in the liberal arts as part of the U of H core curriculum.

MAS 3341:  Mexican American Experience through Film. Prerequisites: six semester credit hours of sophomore level English. This course analyzes the Mexican American experience in the United States through films. Emphasis is on essay writing.

MAS 3342: Mexican Immigration to the United States. This is an interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican immigration to the United States. It emphasizes class discussions, films, and incorporates historical, literary, journalistic and relevant academic material.

courses 2

MAS 3395: Latino Psychology. This course analyzes and evaluates the social, psychological, political and historical factors that impact the psychological development of various Latino groups in the United States. *

MAS 3395: Popular Music and Latino American Experience. Prerequisite: English 1304. This course focuses on the popular music arising out of the Mexican American and Latino communities in the U.S. The course includes musical genres ranging from folkloric musical to contemporary musical styles and their symbolic and social significance.

MAS 3395: Latino Activism & Organizing. Prerequisite: English 1304. This course focuses on the tactics and strategies of social activism emanating from the Latino community in the U.S. The course will focus on the types of activist organizations, their ideologies, and the challenges they face in creating social change.

MAS 3395:  Other Selected Topics in Mexican American Studies (Students may take more than one course in MAS 3395 when the topics change)

ENGL 3361: Mexican American Literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 1304 or equivalent. This course focuses on the works of Mexican American writers in the English language, including fiction, poetry, drama, the essay, and autobiography.

ENGL 3396: Hispanic American Literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 1304 or equivalent. This course focuses on the works of various U.S. based Latino authors, such as Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Chicanos, in the English language, including fiction, poetry, drama, essay, and autobiography. *

HIST 3332: Chicano History to 1910.   Prerequisite: junior standing or the consent of the instructor. This course can take the place of the state requirement in history (History 1376 or History 1377). Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the instructor. This course focuses on the role of Mexican Americans in American history from the colonial period to 1910.

HIST 3333:  Chicano History since 1910.  Prerequisite: junior standing or the consent of the instructor. This course can take the place of the state requirement in history (History 1378 or History 1379). This course focuses on the role of the Chicano in American history since 1910.

HIST 3342: Texas – Mexican History. Prerequisite: junior standing or the consent of the instructor. This course focuses on the historical experience of people of Mexican descent in Texas between 1836 to the present.

HIST 3369: Colonial Mexico. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the instructor. This course focuses on the evolution of Mexican society from the Spanish conquest in 1521 until 1810.

HIST 4319: Chicanos and American Education. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. This course focuses on the socioeconomic, political, and ideological forces that have shaped the educational opportunities and experiences of Mexican Americans.

HIST 4369:  Modern Mexico, 1810 to the Present: Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the instructor. This course focuses on the social history of modern Mexico.

HIST 4394: Chicana History. Prerequisites: HIST 1376 or 1377 and 1378 or 1379. This course focuses on the history of Mexican American women in the United States including those involved in various leadership positions over time. *

courses 3

SPAN 3331: Mexican American Literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 3301 or 3307 and 3302 or 3308; ENGL 1304. Literature in the Spanish language produced by people of Mexican origin in what is today the United States from Colonial times to the present.

SPAN 3345: Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest. Prerequisite: SPAN 3301 or 3307 and 3302 or 3308. This course is an introduction to the folklore of the people of Hispanic descent living in what is the American Southwest with an emphasis on people of Mexican descent.

Other courses under the liberal arts category are: SPAN 2301:  Intermediate Spanish 1; SPAN 2302 Intermediate Spanish 11; SPAN 2307 Spanish for Native Speakers 1;SPAN 2308 Spanish for Native Speakers 11; SPAN 3301 Oral Communication in Spanish; SPAN 3302 Written Communication in Spanish.

(Other special topics as appropriate from individual departments)

Social Sciences

Nine semester hours from the following

ANTH 3312:  Mexican American Culture. Prerequisite: ANTH 2302. This course focuses on the culture of Mexican Americans in the United States and the role it plays in U.S. society.

ANTH 4372:  Maya Archaeology. Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. Current data and hypotheses concerning the evolution of human behavior within the “Maya Area” of southern Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala prior to Spanish contact.

ANTH 4373: Archaeology of the Aztecs and their Neighbors. Prerequisite: ANTH 2303 or consent of instructor. This course focuses on current data and hypotheses concerning the evolution of culture within Mexico north of the Maya Area prior to Spanish contact.

POLS 3372:  Chicano Politics. Prerequisite: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. This course analyzes Chicano (Mexican American) political behavior. It also analyzes the cultural, economic, sociological, and psychological roots of the political life of Chicanos and their impact on current political struggles.

PSYC 2344: Cultural Psychology. Prerequisite:  PSYC 1300. The relationship between ethnicity, socialization, personality, and behavior issues related to current race relations.

SOC 3324: Hispanic Identity. Prerequisite: SOC 1300. This course focuses on the historical, socio-cultural, and structural aspects of the construction of identity among Hispanics (Latinos) in contemporary U.S. society.

SOC 3326: Immigration in U.S. Society. Prerequisite: SOC 1300. This course focuses on patterns of immigration since World War 11 and the resulting societal change in the United States.

SOC 3372 : Mexican American Family. Prerequisite: SOC 1300. This course focuses on the historical, cultural, and social trends of the diverse living arrangements of Mexican Americans in contemporary U.S. society including the nuclear and extended family structures and the role of fictive family relationships.

SOC 3397: Hispanics in Houston.  Prerequisite: Three semester hours in sociology or consent of instructor. This is a special topics course that focuses on the history of Hispanics in Houston, Texas and vicinity with a special emphasis on people of Mexican descent. *

SOC  3397 : Gender Relations in the Mexican American Community (formerly, La Mexicana in U.S. Society).  Prerequisite: Three semester hours in sociology or consent of the instructor. This is a special topics course that focuses on the role of Mexican American women within the Mexican American community and within society in the United States. *

(Other special topics courses as appropriate from individual departments)

*Indicates that this is a special topics course (not necessarily taught on a regular basis). On occasion other special topics courses not listed here can qualify for the minor. Contact CMAS at (713) 743-3133 for clarification or for additional information.

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