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The Center for Mexican American 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 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.


Students taking MAS courses learn the cultural and public policy aspects of Mexican American Studies and the inter-discipline areas. Most students are interested in building their professional opportunities through this area of study and the growing Latino population trends in the United States.


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