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The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies offers a multi-disciplinary undergraduate program in Mexican American studies (MAS) with concentrations in policy studies and cultural studies. The Bachelor of Arts degree works well as a major, double major, or minor, and serves as an important credential in applying to graduate or professional school and in today's job market and global economy.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a Mexican American Studies major must first meet with a Mexican American Studies advisor to discuss the degree program and requirements. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Ethnic Studies - Mexican American Studies degree plan to see all required courses for the Mexican American Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Mexican American Studies course descriptions.


Students choose from one of two concentrations: cultural studies or public policy. Each concentration includes an introductory course and an advanced seminar.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


MAS students are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to learning about Mexican American studies. They are outgoing and looking to build professional connections in the area of study.


The overall degree program is designed to enhance how students understand Mexican American cultural practices, historical development, and socio-economic conditions.