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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Course Descriptions for Mexican American Studies (MAS)

MAS 1131. COLLEGE ADJUSTMENT (1-0) Student counselors, under the supervision of Counseling Services, in group discussion will communicate academic survival information, analyze potential academic and social problems, and assist in implementing individualized corrective measures. Special section for Maverick Scholars, students on probation, and student athletes will require permission to register. Elective only; does not count as a part of the professional certification requirements. Pass-fail grades will be awarded. For entering freshmen or entering transfer students.

MAS 2300. INTRODUCTION TO MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES (3-0) A multidisciplinary introduction to the Mexican American/Latino experience. Emphasis on history, culture, and contemporary socioeconomic and policy issues. Required for completion of the Mexican American Studies minor.

MAS 3310. LATINOS IN THE UNITED STATES (3-0) Examines the Latino experience in the U.S. from an interdisciplinary perspective. Discusses the commonalities and cultural differences among various Latino groups, and focuses on important contemporary Latino issues such as education, employment, family and gender, identity, immigration, and politics.

MAS 3312. LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION (3-0) An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

MAS 3314. THE LATINA EXPERIENCE (3-0) A course on the social, cultural, and economic experiences of women of Latin American origin in the United States, with special emphasis on Mexican-origin women.

MAS 3317. MEXICAN POLITICS AND U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONS (3-0) Current economic and political systems of Mexico and relevant issues in U.S.-Mexico relations. Trade, immigration, economic dependency, energy, contraband, and other topics. Offered as MAS 3317 and POLS 3317; credit will be given in only one department.

MAS 3319. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS (3-0) Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to diverse populations. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain discriminatory and oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and in all levels of organizational behavior. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311, 2313.

MAS 3330. CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND IDENTITY (3-0) The ways identity is constructed in contemporary societies in an increasingly complex and multicultural world. Ethnic, racial, gender, and class identities. How and when identity is asserted and assigned, and how it can both draw boundaries and forge ties between peoples. Formerly listed as ANTH 2350. Credit cannot be given for both ANTH 2350 and 3330. Also listed as MAS 3330; credit cannot be granted for both ANTH 3330 and MAS 3330.

MAS 3348. LATINO IMMIGRATION TO THE U.S. (3-0) Examines Latino immigration from the perspective of sociocultural anthropology. Focuses on how anthropologists have studied Mexican and other Latino immigrants, and discusses contemporary issues such as transnational communities, gender and immigration, citizenship, and immigrants┬┐ politics. The course seeks to familiarize students with the largest immigrant community in the U.S. through ethnographic case studies.

MAS 3352. THE SOUTHWEST (3-0) A multicultural history of the southwestern United States from pre-Columbian times to the present. Cultural adaptation to environment; cultural contact and conflict; political, social, and economic change. Also listed as MAS 3352; credit will be granted only once.

MAS 3363. TEXAS TO 1850 (3-0) Multicultural heritage of Texas from pre-Colombian period to early statehood. Cultural contact; social, economic, and political change. Completion of either HIST 3363 or 3364 is recommended for those planning to teach in Texas schools. Also listed as MAS 3363; credit will be granted only once.

MAS 3368. MEXICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (3-0) The role of the Mexican American in the cultural and historical development of the United States with special emphasis on the Southwest. Offered as HIST 3368 & MAS 3368; credit will be granted only once.

MAS 3369. HISTORY OF LATINO RELIGIONS (3-0) Treats selected aspects of Christianity and other religious expression to show their impact on identity formation, gender roles, politics and other aspects of Latino incorporation into American society. Offered as HIST 3369 and MAS 3369; credit will be granted only once.

MAS 4310. MINORITIES (3-0) The role of racial and minority categories in the social order. The role, and the associated problems, of groups within the U.S. culture and the impact of these persons on the total cultural milieu. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered as SOCI 4310 and MAS 4310; credit will be granted only once.

MAS 4313. TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE (3-0) Among the topics are Spanish or Latin American music, television, radio, film, and literature as culture. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 4313 and SPAN 4313; credit will be given for MAS 4313 or SPAN 4313 but not both in a given semester.

MAS 4315. TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE, MODERNISM TO THE PRESENT (3-0) Topics may include: Latin-American literature and culture of Modernism, modern Latin-American literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author from Modernism to the present. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 4315 or SPAN 4315; credit will be given for MAS 4315 or SPAN 4315 but not both in a given semester.

MAS 4317. CHICANO LITERATURE (3-0) Mexican-American literature, with special attention to its social, cultural, and linguistic background. Also listed as MAS 4317 or SPAN 4317; credit will be given for MAS 4317 or SPAN 4317 but not both in a given semester. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

MAS 4318. MEXICAN LITERATURE (3-0) Studies in Mexican fiction, poetry, drama, and literary essay. Listed as MAS 4318 or SPAN 4318; credit will be given for MAS 4318 or SPAN 4318 but not both in a given semester. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

MAS 4319. POLITICS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS (3-0) The influence of Mexican-American politics on United States government and policies with special attention given to organizational development, participation in political parties, leadership, ideology, the Chicano Movement, current issues, and relations with other ethnic groups. Offered as MAS 4319 and POLS 4319; credit will be given in only one department.

MAS 4327. WOMEN IN HISPANIC LITERATURE (3-0) Considers women as characters in and writers of Hispanic literature. Includes the analysis of themes, language, and how the writings of women often give voice to lesser-known aspects of culture. Also listed as SPAN 4327. Credit cannot be given for both.

MAS 4350. TOPICS IN MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES (3-0) Subjects of interest in Mexican American and Latino studies. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

MAS 4352. U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (3-0) Focus on American identity through the examination of immigration to the United States, past and present, and the evolution of U.S. immigration policy. Topics include U.S. attitudes and policy responses to European, Asian, and Latin American immigration and to the incorporation of the descendants of African slaves and Native Americans. Emphasis on the decline of the melting pot idea and the incorporation of recent immigrants. Offered as MAS 4352 and POLS 4352. Credit will be granted only once.

MAS 4360. CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Permission of the director of the Center for Mexican American Studies required. Topics for research or study in designated areas assigned in consultation with course instructor.

MAS 4368. HISTORY OF MEXICO (3-0) Mexican history from its pre-Colonial indigenous foundation to the current situation. A social and economic analysis of the major events in Mexican history with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. The major theme in this class is the growth of Mexican nationalism and its relation to region, religion and ethnicity. Also listed as MAS 4368.

MAS 4370. CAPSTONE MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES (3-0) In consultation with the course instructor, students will design a research project or an internship that will integrate their previous course work into a capstone experience in either the applied or the cultural studies stream of the Mexican American Studies minor.

MAS 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Permission of the director of the Center for Mexican American Studies required. Topics for research or study in designated areas assigned in consultation with course instructor.