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Mexican American Studies

Do you hold a strong interest in the early origins, experiences and deeply-held traditions of Mexican Americans? If you’d like to uncover the history and heritage that has helped shape this community’s rich identity, then you may be interested in majoring in Mexican American Studies

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UTSA’s Mexican American Program

UTSA’s Mexican American Studies degree draws upon the legacy of Mexican American history and activism to teach, research and analyze its cultural origins and experiences. You’ll learn to critically analyze the legal, economic and social conditions that foster marginalization within Mexican American communities, as well as study the cultural expressions of perseverance and resistance that challenge that oppression. Earning a B.A. in Mexican American Studies will enable you to pursue a career as an educator, researcher, community leader or social advocate, and can also serve as an avenue for further study in graduate school.

What You’ll Learn

Mexican American Studies majors have a large selection of nine concentrations that they can choose from to enhance their learning experience. The concentrations available are Anthropology, Literary and Cultural Studies, History, Communities-Familes-Children, Non-profit Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Spanish. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. Nearly 80% of MAS majors graduate with dual degrees—one in MAS and the other in a complementary field of their choice.

Careers in Mexican American Studies

Top job titles for Mexican American Studies graduates include:

• Sales Representative
• Account Manager
• Recruiter
• Legal Assistant
• Technical Writer
• Event Planner

Mexican American Studies and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Mexican American Studies-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Career Opportunities

Marketable Skills

Industries for Mexican American Studies Graduates

Mexican American Studies is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Mexican American Studies-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Business Support Services
• Insurance Carriers
• Legal Services
• Higher Education
• Consulting Services
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Salaries for Mexican American Studies Graduates

The salary range for open Mexican American studies-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $39,183
median $64,550
top 10% $104,072

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Mexican American Studies Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Mexican American Studies graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Mexican American Studies may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented
• You enjoy solving puzzles and problems


Student Spotlight

Matthew Hinojosa

Mexican American Studies & Anthropology Major

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